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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
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May 11, 08

bookshelves: juvenile-ya, sci_fi-fantasy, has-a-rat

I think I would have given this book a higher rating -- and I think it is a cute book that most kids will like -- if it wasn't for one thing that irritated me to know end: there are these little asides to the reader, like when Di Camillo would use a word that was large and perhaps unfamiliar to the target age group, and the narrator would say to the reader "Reader, do you know what that means? Perhaps you should go look it up." I don't need my books to tell me what to do; I don't read choose-your-own-adventure, and I know that even as a kid I would not have liked being condescended to.
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