Monday, January 21, 2008

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo (2003)
Newbery Medal 2004

Our hero is the runt of the litter, but has magical gifts. He falls in love with the Princess and finds the honor and bravery within himself to save her, and restore soup to the kingdom. I thought the portrayal of the rats as spiteful filthy creatures was uncalled for, and this book should be banned. The fat, deaf, slow servant girl was hilarious though.


alisonwonderland said...

i love this book! somebody has to be the "spiteful" and "filthy" bad guy. :)

JK said...

I know someone has to play on the dark side, but in deference to the memory of my dearly departed, always beloved "Wynona" I always try to stand up for the much-maligned rats... spiders maybe? cockroaches?

Rhinoa said...

Everyone I know is raving about this book. I bought a copy but probably won't have time to read it until next year. I used to have pet rats (yes plural) so will bear their portrayal in my mind when reading it.