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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
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Mar 11, 12

bookshelves: 2012, children, read-aloud
Read from March 01 to 07, 2012

I am wavering between 4 and 5 stars on this one because Eva and I both loved it so much and hated for it to end.

Despereaux is a mouse who, to the mortification of his family, prefers music and stories to learning to scurry and nibble book pages. It is also a story about the rat Chiaroscuro who craves light instead of the darkness and suffering that prevails in the dungeon where he lives. And it is also the story of a princess named Pea and a serving girl named Miggery Sow.

I loved the story, and I loved the writing. The author addresses the reader and asks interesting questions that provoke thought and good discussion.

And any book that can teach my child to use the phrase "perfidy unlimited" appropriately is a winner for me!
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