As you will notice over the next few days I've been reading loads of Newbery winners this summer, and just now catching up with blogging about them:
The title says it all of 2004 Newberry winner, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread, Kate DiCamillo. Okay, it gives you a general idea of some of the important themes of the book. What the title leaves out is love and hope! Despereaux isn’t like other mice, and for this he is cast into the dungeons of the castle; an evil plot comes to light—can his love for the princess help him get out and save her in time?
The only thing I didn’t like is that DiCamillo interjected her voice into the story a little too much with her, “Dear Reader…” comments. Otherwise, loved the story; I haven’t read a DiCamillo book yet which I haven’t enjoyed.
Age: Amazon lists 7+.