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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread


Here, readers, is the tale of a tiny, sickly mouse with unusually large ears; a mouse who takes his fate into his own hands.

It is the tale of a beautiful, flaxen-haired princess, who laughs often and makes everything around her seem brighter.

It is the tale of a poor deaf serving girl, who entertains foolish dreams of splendour.

It is a tale of impossible love, of bravery and old-fashioned courage.

And, reader, it is a tale of treachery; unlimited treachery.

It is the Tale of Despereaux...


The book, although fantasy (a sort of fairy tale, with a princes, talking mice, talking rats, etc.), is actually filled with deep philosophical moments. Here is an example:

But you must, when you are calculating the odds of the mouse's success, factor in his love for the princess. Love, as we have discussed, is a powerful, wonderful, ridiculous thing, capable of moving mountains. And spools of thread.

So, this book, although basically a fantasy fairy-tale, is chock full of thoughtful moments. The book, also, has almost no violence, or nasty bits, as it is written for younger children.

Reader's Reviews


A very good book, full of interesting thoughtful moments, mixed into a fantasy fairy-tale.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 9+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 7+


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