The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Morgan: Mice. Rats. Love. Hope. Soup. Dreams.
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Gable: The tale of a mouse, a princess, a deaf girl, a bowl of soup and a rat and their connection of love and adventure.
Morgan: Fairytale/Children’s Literature
Who was your favorite character and why?
Morgan: Despereaux because he followed his heart and never gave up.
Gable: Despereaux Tilling because he was brave and did what he thought was right, not caring about what other people told him not to. And, even though he was small and looked quite helpless, he believed in happily ever afters and he believed that he could become the knight in shining armor.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Morgan: Botticelli because he was mean.
Gable: Roscuro because he was evil and nasty.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?
Morgan: Took me a while but not completely worth it. Some parts were better than others.
Gable: It grabbed me straight off the bat. It was an intriguing and inspiring beginning to a very deep and meaningful and heart-warming story. Kate DiCamillo made it very interactive so that, even at the most boring parts, you were interested. Also, the story was in four parts; the story of a mouse, the story of a rat, and then the story of a girl, and then how all those people got connected.
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: More character driven.
What did you think of the ending?
Gable: Heartwarming and meaningful.
What was the moral of the story?
Morgan: It doesn’t matter who you are, just as long as you have a big heart.
Gable: To believe in yourself and your dreams, no matter how ridiculous they are and to fight to make your dreams become your reality.
Did you learn anything?
Gable: That “adieu” means “farewell” in French.
Morgan: “Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.” – Gregory
Gable: “Yes, of course it is ridiculous. Love is ridiculous. But love is also wonderful. And powerful. And Despereaux’s love for the Princess Pea would prove, in time, all of these things.”
What would you change?
Morgan: I would put more action in it. It didn’t have hardly enough.
How does the book compare to the film?
Morgan: I watched the film a very long time ago and therefore do not remember it that clearly so I can’t tell for sure.
Gable: I watched the film adaptation of it when I was very small (about five) and I can’t remember it well. But, the parts that I do remember, were like over exaggerations of the big parts of the book. And I don’t remember there being any Miggery Sow.
Who would you recommend it to?
Morgan: Those who like stories with cute mice and a heart-warming message.
Gable: People who like deep, meaningful stories, people who are giving up on happily ever after in their life, or people who feel like they are the only one who is sad in the world or just the only one who cares about anything.
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Recipe: Chicken, garlic, and watercress soup.
Tell us about a time when you stopped believing in or began to question happily ever afters.