Cricket Readers Recommend

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate Dicamillo

This book is a good book for 9 to 13 year olds. The main characters are Despereaux, Princess Pea, the servant girl and the evil rat. Despereaux is a small mouse who falls in love with the HUMAN princess.

Average: 5 (7 votes)
submitted by Summer P., age 11
(October 8, 2008 - 10:47 am)

I LOVE Kissthis book! I got it for my last B-Day and I read it in one day!!!Laughing

submitted by Bekah P., age almost 12, North Dakota
(November 21, 2008 - 6:44 pm)

Laughing I loved this book. I thought it was really good, the way everyone gets a happy ending, even Rascuro, who was, was, the bad guy.

submitted by Emily Z., age 10, Earth
(November 22, 2008 - 3:27 pm)

This book is so awesome!:):):) I can't wait to see the movie.:)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!:), California
(January 10, 2009 - 12:34 pm)

I haven't read it, but I have seen the comershole and it looked really cool. I am sure the book is great. Do you think any part is boring?

submitted by Losgunna, age 10
(January 28, 2009 - 7:55 pm)

The Movie is Pretty Good but the Book is Totally Better.Smile

submitted by Coyote J., age 10, Kemmerer, Wy.
(February 20, 2009 - 10:10 pm)

I liked it so much that I hope that I can some more of Kate Dicamillo's books. (if any)Wink

submitted by Landen p, age 10, Washington, DC
(July 2, 2014 - 6:02 pm)

I rate this book 5 out of 5 because of the humor and adventure. ( I especially enjoyed the part when the Princess Pea finds Despereaux the friendly mouse.)

Kate DiCamillo has really outdone herself!!

submitted by Helena S., age 12, Olathe, KS
(January 26, 2009 - 9:02 pm)

I really like this book. I have read it three times. Has anyone read the book and seen the movie? I didn't see the movie because it looked like they changed a bunch of stuff. I think the movie dudes are pronouncing Despereaux wrong. I believe the 's' is silent. Anyone know French?

submitted by Maggie J., age 12, U.S.A.
(February 19, 2009 - 12:27 pm)

I know French, and I think you would pronounce the 's'. Smile

submitted by Arika L., age 10
(March 4, 2014 - 12:56 pm)

I'm sorry! I asked my French tutor, and he said you might or might not pronounce the 's'.

submitted by Arika L., age 10
(March 4, 2014 - 8:19 pm)

I have read & seen but it's been years. I remember liking it though (the MOVIE.) As Kate di Camillo hoped, it was "a light in the darkness."Smile

submitted by Catherine G., age 11, Ave,FL
(April 12, 2015 - 2:16 pm)

I've done both, but the movie is totally wrong. I think the book is way better.

submitted by Smith P., age 17, USA
(September 6, 2015 - 3:59 pm)

The Tale Of Despereaux is a really great  book! I love how courageous he is when he gets thrown into the dungeon when he gets close to Princess Pea.  Although sad, this book is one you'll read over and over again!SmileWinkSmile

submitted by Rebecca L., age 10, Belmont, NC
(March 8, 2009 - 6:55 pm)

A perfect book for our younger readers. My class read it in first or second grade, and it completely enthralled us all!

submitted by Naomi C., age 11, Westminster, MD
(July 3, 2014 - 7:10 am)

The Tale of Despereaux is SO AWESOME.

The graphic novel is so different from the novel. Roscuro is bad in the novel but according to the movie (and the graphic novel), Roscuro is like all good and says sorry. I like the nasty Roscuro. It makes it more interesting.

Who's your favourite character? I like Princess Pea. 

submitted by Matilda, age 11, New Zealand
(January 17, 2015 - 10:12 pm)