Tween & Teen Tuesday
Every Tuesday, we review either a juvenile (J) or young adult (YA) book
The Tale of Despereaux (J)
“This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse. A small mouse. The last mouse born to his parents and the only one of his litter to be born alive.”
So begins DiCamillo’s beautiful and heartwarming tale of a mouse with a heart almost as big as his ears. Despereaux Tilling loves music and stories. He dreams of knights and princesses and faraway places. After an unfortunate accident plunges the kingdom of Dor into darkness and despair, it will be up to this one small, unlikely hero—with such very large ears—to save the day.
DiCamillo weaves a wondrous and captivating story that will enchant readers both young and old. With very short chapters, this book is ideal for younger readers or could be set on a nightstand for shared bedtime reading.
I hope that Despereaux not only finds a permanent place on your bookshelf, but in your heart as well.