The Tale of Despereaux – by Kate Description:

The Tale of DiCamillo sets the stage for a battle between the forces of Darkness and Light in The Tale of Despereaux and the book is a terrific bravura performance. –The New York Times Book Review The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tiger Rising here shifts gears demonstrating her versatility while once again proving her genius for mining the universal themes of childhood. . . . I must tell you you are in for a treat. –Publishers Weekly (starred review) A charming story of unlikely heroes . . . This expanded fairy tale is entertaining heartening and above all great fun. –School Library Journal (starred review) Forgiveness light love and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious. –Booklist (starred review) The melodramatic voice of the narrator glides through DiCamillos entirely pleasing tale . . . And so unwinds a tale with twists and turns full of forbidden soup and ladles rats lusting for mouse blood a servant who wishes to be a princess a knight in shining–or at least furry–armor and all the ingredients of an old-fashioned drama. –Kirkus Reviews (starred review) There is a classic charm to this picaresque tale of an idealistic mouse suffering unrequited love for a princess; that and a pace that lends itself to reading aloud will make this novel a favorite among those ready for some gentle questing. –The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books DiCamillo tells an engaging tale . . . Many readers will be enchanted by this story of mice and princesses brave deeds hearts shaded with dark and dappled with light and forgiveness. –The Horn Book Soul stirring and charming. –Booklist Newbery-Honor winning DiCamillo creates the perfect read-aloud with delightful fanciful characters. –Childs Best of the Year This old-fashioned tale is overflowing with good and evil light and dark scary adventures and a happy ending. Ideally read aloud. –Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year Chill winds call for hot cocoa and a good book. The Tale of Despereaux serves up 52 chapters bursting with adventure. –Washington Parent I give this book the highest rating: five out of five stars. –Newsday Unexpectedly complex in the relationships between its characters DiCamillos fable engagingly illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering delivers a carefully orchestrated but not overstated testament to the power of love and forgiveness. –San Francisco Chronicle Reader it is his destiny — just as it is for The Tale of Despereaux to be another timeless classic in the once-upon-a-time genre. –Orlando Sentinel This charming adventure by the award-winning author of Because of Winn-Dixie is a story of love courage and following your heart. –Detroit Free Press Read the book aloud. Few recent texts have been designed for that with multiple plots ticking on divided into 52 small chapters. And dont forget the coda a tiny but deft apologia of the imagination. –Chicago Tribune This charming fairy tale brims with delightful characters. –Cleveland Plain Dealer Here once again loss brings characters together misfits find a place in the world and darkness and light swirl together in a not easily divisible mix. –Star Tribune The Tale of Despereaux has DiCamillos modern sensibilities her wry humor and crystalline prose. –Miami Herald The story is just plain fun to read but it also explores deeper and darker aspects of parent-child relations including betrayal the need for forgiveness and the power of love. –Houston Chronicle Super Summer Reads: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. A smaller-than-usual mouse falls in love with music stories and a Princess named Pea. –Womans Day A heartwarming and rewarding read The Tale of Despereaux cheers uniqueness boos conformity urges readers to overlook seeming differences and inspires hope. –Teacher Magazine With its old-fashioned fairy tale qualities and whimsical pencil drawings by Timothy Basil Ering the book is definitely a departure for DiCamillo but one readers are sure to love. –Book Page . . . DiCamillos new fantasy novel is charming by turns sad sweet and mildly scary. –Voice of Youth Advocates Sly style and brilliantly-crafted characters will reward the reader . . . –The Five Owls The Tale of Despereaux – by Kate