The Tale of Despereaux
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Although I read many reviews claiming the ending was "happily ever after", I did not think so. While reading, I anticipated (and hoped, I might add) for this kind of ending, but the one presented was very odd in my eyes. I keep thinking Kate Di Kamillo tries to combine the light and the dark - saying that light conquered at the end, but there is still a part of darkness in it. It just doesn't go with the rest of the book, though. Did anyone understand this?(less)
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Seeing the Light
(A Book Review of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Desperaux)
Despereaux Tilling is the most unusual mouse you’lll likely meet. Conspicously small with considerable large ears, he has always been seen as different, an outsider among his own — a mouse drawn to music, fascinated with stories, and breaks the strict rule of their kind by falling in love with a human, the Princess Pea.
Roscuro leads a normal, rotten rat life in the dungeon, his is a world of utter darkness. Until one day, ...more
I did really appreciate the way this author drew in the reader in a ...more
Apa yang dikatakan oleh Anthony de Mello, SJ bahwa orang dapat menolak nasihat, tetapi tidak bisa menolak cerita, itu terbukti. Cerita tentang kastil dan kehidupannya. Tentang tikus kastil, keluarga dan komunitas tikus kastil, Raja Philip dan keluarganya, komunitas tikus got, serta sipir dan tahanan bawah t ...more
The story of Desperaux (a mouse who doesn't just want to be a mouse) is told through the eyes of several different characters. As the stories weave in an out of each other, they draw closer together until the predictably improbably ending.
Unfortunately, the characters in the world of Desperaux are all two dimensional; we are repeatedly told how bad the bad guys/rats are, and how good the good guys/mice are, and how clumsy a clumsy ...more
Two words to describe The Tale of Despereaux : sweet and heartwarming. In fact, if I were to give it another title, I'd call it A Little Mouse in Shining Armor. ;)
The Tale of Despereaux is the combined stories of three unique characters. Despereaux Tilling is born small, but with huge ears. He is, however, no ordinary mouse, for he can read, he loves stories and music, and he eventually falls in love with pretty Princess Pea. Chiaroscuro, or Roscuro, is a rat who lives in the dungeon, but ...more
It certainly is an original work. Young Despereaux is the youngest mouse, born of a french mouse mother and father. He is the runt, small and undersized with big ears. He was born with his "eyes wide open". These ears allow him to hear things other mice don't hear and his eyes observes things other mice don't see. Thus the adventure beg ...more
I read the first few chapters of this book several times before actually reading it. I'd see it in the library (where I work) or at home (waiting to be read) or in a teachers classroom and I always felt compelled to re-read the beginning purely for the enjoyment ...more
But two years ago, I was waiting backstage during a piano concert, bored out of my mind, when I found The Tale of De ...more
It is the story of a little brave mouse, a lost rat, a wishful slave girl, and a sweet princess. Their lives all become intertwined. I really liked how the author addressed the reader and told some good ethics to the readers. So when a young reader reads this they are getting a good message t ...more
I was thinking the other day: what would you do if you had a negative (and I mean really negative) opinion on a book but by chance happened to come across its author? What would you tell them if they asked you what you thought about their book?
Without the luxury of the internet or reviews or all the other ways we have of expressing a negative opinion on things without having to come into direct contact with their creator, we tend to be more insensitive with our criticism. The medium is the mess ...more
I really enjoyed this little mouse with a big heart, had a smile on my face the whole time. You root for him the whole time, and even his rat 'nemesis' Roscuro.
Nothing is simplified in the story really, everyone has layers and you can understand where their coming from, even the rats.
The writing style is very engaging, Miss DiCamillo does a wonderful job of drawing you into the story. .. at times ot seems she and the characters are popping up out of the p ...more
Despereaux is a mouse, one of many in the castle, but he is different from the others. He was born with his eyes open (shocking!), his ears are too big (scandalous!) and he likes to read (unheard of!). Worse, he has fallen in love with Princess Pea and has even spoken to her. This is enough to get him banished to the dungeon where the evil rats dwell. This sets in motion a chain of events that will require Despereaux to be as brave as the knights he has read so much about in order to save the lo...more
Yes, I thought this was a good book. That is not to say, I always thought it was a real pleasure to read. I didn't. The darkness of the dungeons and of the stair and the life of Miggery Sow were not things I wanted to explore, and I didn't often come to this book wanting to delve back in.
I read this book to my kids, and the darkness was really rather dark. I was always surprised the darkness wasn't as dark to them as it was to me. Or, perhaps it was, ...more
I learned to be brave because Despereaux, the mouse, saved Pea, a princess. I know it's weird for a mouse to save a princess but they were best friends and you don't just leave a friend behind. I also learned to be brave because Roscuro, a rat, went to light. Roscuro did that because ...more
- Jangan mengatakan pada anak bahwa dia mengecewakan, hanya karena dia berbeda dari anak lainnya, seperti yang terjadi pada Despereaux.
- Jangan melakukan atau mengatakan hal2 yang menyakitkan hati orang lain, karena kita tidak tau dengan cara apa hatinya akan menyembuhkan diri, seperti yang terjadi pada Roscuro.
- Dengarkan dan pedulikan apa keinginan anak, jika tidak ingin anak kita tumbuh seperti Miggery.
- Bahwa kehilangan seseorang yang dicintai bisa m ...more
I wouldn’t say it’s a truly compelling read (though it did win the Newbery Award), but it held my attention even if it truly was a book written for children. I read a lot of children’s and young adult books, but plenty of them are meaty enough that I don’t feel sheepish saying I've read them. This one … we ...more
cinta dan maaf.
Dua ekor tikus yang berbeda perangai dibandingkan dengan tikus-tikus lainnya akan mengantarkan kita pada jawaban di atas.
Teruskanlah cerita ini, karena cerita ibarat cahaya. Dan bukankah kita memerlukan cahaya untuk menerangi dunia yang gelap ini.
What I liked about this book that its the tale of an unlikely hero......... who succeeds!
What I learned ...more
First of all, it was very dark (sometimes literally, as a theme of darkness versus light pervaded the text). There were villains at every turn, and rather scary ones at that. The book suggests that most people are evil--very, very evil--especially to their ow ...more
There is no deep psychological conflict, no amazing plot twists, and no intricate storyline. In fact, the plot is very simple – a mouse rescues a princess from the dungeon. I think ...more
Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After ...more