Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

It's about Despereaux, who is a reaaaaally tiny mouse with unusually big ears. He knows how to read, loves music and is in love with a princess (totally out of character for a mouse!). One day, he breaks one of the sacred, not-to-be-broken rules of conduct for being a mouse. He speaks to a human. And so, he is sent to the dark, dingy, dungeon of the castle.

In this dungeon, there lives a rat community, and we're introduced to two of them, Chiaroscuro and Botticelli who know nothing but treachery, deceipt, and revenge, and will do anything to get what they want. So would Miggery Sow, a poor deaf serving girl who wants to be a princess. All of them are brought together for one reason: to get what they want. The question is, how?

Reading this story makes me feel like I'm reading one of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is good :) The Tale of Despereaux is a really charming story that will keep anyone hooked right from the start. Oh moms, you might want to read this to your child instead. The rats might freak 'em out. Pretty crooked, evil ones, this bunch...

Verdict: 4 / 5 stars :) (Xuan, you'll like this one! ;))
Good for: a weekend read (You can complete it in a day or two)
Price: Unknown (forgot where I placed the price list... sorry....)

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