The Tale of Despereaux
Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo
Read November 2008
So far, this is one of my favorite Newberry Award Winners. This was one of the first Newberry’s my daughter and I picked up. I read Natasha’s book review at www.mawbooks.com and knew right away we had to read it.
Despereaux Tilling is not your ordinary mouse, and in the mouse world, this is not a good thing. To start off, he was unusually small, with gigantic ears, and was born with his eyes open (absolutely unheard of in the mouse world!)
His brothers and sisters try to teach him to scurry and scamper and be more ‘mouse-like’ but he is more interested in listening to music and reading books.
This book had my girls on the edge of their seats. Every night I heard, “Just one more chapter, puh-lease mooooommy.” When my husband took them to see WALL-E at the theater, they were more excited that they saw a trailer for The Tale of Despereaux than they were about WALL-E. We had no idea it was going to be made into a movie, so a bit of excitement to go and see it.
The movie was good on it’s own but doesn’t compare to the book. My daughter did something that I am imfamous for doing. She could not sit and watch her beautiful book be misrepresented. My husband refused to go and watch movie adaptations of books I’ve read. I can’t help but be mad about some of them. Harry Potter I can usually get through without too many comments, but Eragon was his final straw. I think I actually yelled at the TV. ~hiding face in shame~ Now I have my baby doing the same thing!
It wasn’t that the movie was bad, but there were some major differences. My daughter’s biggest complaint was the talking vegetable man, who does not exist in the book. The book was MUCH darker than the movie and I think that the changes that were made were made to make it less…well, dark.
I fully encourage anyone to read this book, especially if you have a love for Newberry’s.