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)

Awesome book. I loved it!

submitted by Sabine W., age 9, Los Angeles, CA
(February 1, 2015 - 3:23 pm)

My 4th grade teacher read it to us. I LOVED IT!!!!! I liked it that Desperaux was so bold and full of courage at all times. I also liked that they made soup at the end.

submitted by Maggie C, age 9, Arlington, VA
(July 13, 2015 - 7:04 pm)

A lovely and whimsical piece from Kate DiCamillo. Nothing like the movie AT ALL.

DiCamillo has a way of presenting complicated truths in an intruging and comprehensive fashion.

An example of this is the fact that Roscuro, the rat, does not really get a happy ending.

He ends up belonging to neither the Light nor the Dark- a very realistic state of events that makes one think.

I would highly recommend this, and any other works by DiCamillo (from what I have read from her) :)

submitted by Esthelle (Es-thel-ay, age Anonymous, The New World
(February 8, 2016 - 8:55 pm)

LOVE it. Kate Dicamillio is one of my favorite authors Laughing

submitted by Leah F., age 10, Chicago, IL
(April 1, 2016 - 6:03 pm)

Short but very good. I liked this book because it shows that nothing is black and white or good and evil, everyone in the story is real and multi-dimmentional.

submitted by Graycloud, age 13, Illinois
(June 2, 2016 - 2:22 pm)