The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
(Candlewick Press, 2003, 267 pages)
Now, I feel like I need to preface with the fact that I am constantly in search of chapter books to read with my twin grand-daughters so, many times, I will be posting blogs on children’s chapter books. This is one such book. Fortunately, I read the book myself before I used it as reading material for the girls. The illustration on the cover was of a darling little mouse running with a needle and thread so I assumed the book would be something similar to the story of the mice making Cinderella’s dress. Boy was I wrong! The little mouse is actually running for his life and the thread is holding the needle to his side and he is using the needle as a sword – a far cry from the cute bippity-boppity-boo mice!
The little mouse on the cover was born in a castle in a time of desperation so his mother named him Despereaux. To tell you much more of this tale would ruin the story, so I will leave you with the thought that this story is one of darkness, soup, forgiveness, light, more soup, and love. I would caution you, though, that it is not one to use for bedtime reading with 6 year olds. Universal Pictures made a motion picture from this story and some day I will muster the courage to see it.