From the Bookshelf of Into the Forest

The Tale of Despereaux
Start date
August 10, 2012
Finish date
October 1, 2012

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This rating is actually a mix of my rating and the kids'. And remember, I don't generally like books about animals (curmudgeon!), but I really enjoyed this one. It was fun and sweet and silly and thoughtful. Three cheers for Kate DiCamillo for making me like TWO books with animal protagonists/main characters (Because of Winn Dixie was the other).

Daughter C also really enjoyed. Daughter A didn't get to hear all of it, mostly just bits and pieces as I read it for bedtime and she fell asleep. But
Aug 14, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
I wish this had been out when I was a child.

Perfect story of a knight and a princess. Features a princess who is beautiful without mentioning her physical traits, a mouse with big ears, a girl who wants, and a rat.

Beautiful story of light and dark. Wonderful narrative voice. I now see why people raved about it.

Vey cute, well-told tale! Like a story told around the fire it was captivating even though not terribly exciting. I heard that the audio changed the book's "dear reader" to "dear listener" and I'm glad I chose the audio as this was a "listener" type of story. Enjoyable.
K.D. Bissonette
Jun 22, 2014 K.D. Bissonette rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-teen
good story...
Awww. Cute...

It did seem to be a bit threadbare at times. But I think that's because the comparison to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is inevitable since they're both faux-Victorian fairy tales, and Valente's writing style is so ornate compared to practically anyone else's.
Ninian Smith
Feb 24, 2014 Ninian Smith rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2012 Natalie rated it liked it
Oct 04, 2014 Erin marked it as to-read
Shelves: children-s-lit
Oct 29, 2011 Gail rated it it was amazing
Oct 05, 2011 Bellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phantastik
Aug 28, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-newbery-list
Mar 09, 2010 emmegail marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Oct 03, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
Apr 25, 2009 Reem marked it as to-read
Jan 23, 2009 Mariah marked it as to-read
Shelves: library-to-read
Erica Hopper
Jan 10, 2009 Erica Hopper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008, books-i-own
Dec 21, 2008 Michaela rated it it was amazing
Oct 06, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
May 06, 2014 Violinknitter rated it really liked it
May 30, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eb, 2007
Nov 30, 2015 Valentina marked it as to-read
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