The Tale of Despereaux: A Junior Novelization

The Tale of Despereaux A Junior Novelization This lively junior novelization of the film The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of several unlikely heroes Despereaux a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human Roscuro a goo

  • Title: The Tale of Despereaux: A Junior Novelization
  • Author: Jamie Michalak Kate DiCamillo
  • ISBN: 9780763640767
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • This lively junior novelization of the film The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of several unlikely heroes Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human Roscuro, a good hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness Pea, a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father s grief and Mig, a servant girl who longThis lively junior novelization of the film The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of several unlikely heroes Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human Roscuro, a good hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness Pea, a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father s grief and Mig, a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer An eight page full color insert of stills from the movie is included.Kate DiCamillo s literary classic about Despereaux Tilling has enchanted children and adults around the globe In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one small creature teaches a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show the truth What you look like doesn t equal what you are Published in 23 languages, with than 2 million copies in print, a New York Times 1 bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal, The Tale of Despereaux is now animated adventure from Universal PicturesE TALE OF DESPEREAUX is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP All Rights Reserved.

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    1. Jamie Michalak Kate DiCamillo

      Jamie Michalak is the author of than thirty children s books, including the highly praised Joe and Sparky series of early readers and SO YOU WANT TO CATCH BIGFOOT When not writing, she can be found racing cars, walking planks, or riding in the Millennium Falcon with her two sons Jamie was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and grew up in the same neighborhood where Dr Seuss once lived She now resides in Barrington, Rhode Island.


    1. Despereaux is a good book beacause you learn that friendship is very important.In the end,the badguy rat gets eaten by his own cat.Everyone else lives happily ever after.The jailer finds his daughter,the mice learn not to be afraid,the kingdom of Dor allows soup and rats again,and Despereaux is a hero!

    2. This book is very interesting because of how a mouse can fall in love with a princess. I recommend this book that like fantasy a lot.

    3. I ought to give it higher stars. It totally succeeds at its goal. This is a great book for reading aloud to a very small person. It isn't just a cutting down of the original- there's also a lot of cinimatic details added; a lot of places to make swashbuckling noises and gasps and other sound effects. I can't help but think that one might as well just watch the movie, if one is going to cut out all the literary joy and add in sound effects, anyway.

    4. Fun read aloud to the kids. A bit of jumping around so characters and plot needed to be explained a few times, but otherwise we all enjoyed the book.

    5. I really struggled to enjoy this, I keep thinking I'd like the actual novel better than this juvenile version. My boys aged 9 & 6 loved it, so it worked for them. It was choppy and confusing for me.

    6. 1. The Tales of Despereaux is a fantasy novel.2. The book retells the adventures of a mouse and a rat who cross paths through an unfortunate incident with a bowl of soup. They each discover that being a hero and rescuing the Princess is not as easy as they think and will cost more than they expect.3. In this novel, the theme of loss is stronger than one would expect. A daughter has lost her mother, a mouse has lost his family, a rat has lost his freedom and an entire town has lost their hope all [...]

    7. This book is about a little young baby mouse that is called Despereaux. He is not like the other mice. For example he has huge ears and he is not scared of a human. Also when they show him a knife everybody but him gets scared or screams. In the beggining he is born with his huge ears. He starts roming the castle where the mice live. There are rules the rats have to follow or else if they dont follow them they might die. One of the first rules to stay alive is never ever talk to a human. Another [...]

    8. In this Fantasy novelThe Tale of DespereauxBy Kate DiCamillo is about a small mouse that's born into cold stone walls of a castle. He's the last of the litter even though e he may die, his mother names him Despereaux meaning 'Despair'. Unlike other mice Despereaux is born with unusually large ears and is born with his eyes open also he's uninterested in mice activities and prefers listening to the music that the king makes with his guitar. After breaking mouse rules Despereaux is sent to the dun [...]

    9. The Tale of Despereaux Summaryby Kate DiCamillo was one of my favorite books growing up. I used to read it over and over again. It is about a mouse, named Despereaux, who lives in a castle with very large ears. Aside from looking different than the other mice, he is interested in different things. One day, he runs into the princess and talks to her, which breaks the mouse rules. He is in big trouble with his family and embarks on an adventure to get himself out of trouble. The book is split up i [...]

    10. I picked this up on accident. I meant to read the original book. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I can't say how they compare, but going on the way the scenes are cut in this book I'd say they're nearly identical. That said, the author does a good job of making it seem like a well-narrated book instead of a novelization of something with very little narration.From just starting the original book, I can see why some of the themes wouldn't be appropriate for very young readers, so this might be a [...]

    11. 1. Genre- Traditional Literature2. Awards- None3. Grade Level- 3-54. This was a cute story about a mouse's quest to save a princess. After reading the story, I will have the students get in three groups. I will assign each of the groups one of the main characters. The groups will then come up with a character chart about the character. Then, the students will use these charts to write a paragraph about one of the three character, whichever they chose. I think this is a good activity to use with [...]

    12. The Tale of Despereaux is about a mouse that has big floppy ears. This mouse thinks he is the hero so he has a sowing needle for a sword. His favorite game is to get the cheese from the mouse traps.he also loves to meat new people. He is a loving mouse. This mouse was born the day that the royal soup was getting baked. It was in a has it full with bread. And that's were he was born. The next day he got his friends and went to a mouse trap and he got a string and went down the string and got the [...]

    13. The Tale of Despereaux: A Junior Novelization is a cute story about a mouse and a rat. This book is one that children are sure to enjoy, and it also contained pictures of what the main characters looked like in the movie. I didn't mean to pick up this book I wanted the original book, but I enjoyed reading this book. This book is easy for children to read and one that they will probably enjoy due to having animals in the story. After reading this story I really want to read the original story and [...]

    14. The book The Tale of Depereaux by Jamie Michalak is about a mouse who is differnt from everyone else who goes on an adventure and meets a princess. He makes some promisess to her but he gets sent down to the dungeon with the rats because he broke the rule of no talking to humans. He ends up having an adventure with some of his friends and saves the day from the rats. I realy enjoyed this book because it has a lot of action and adventure and it is fantasy. I reccomend this book to anyone that lik [...]

    15. I read this with my daughter. We both thought this was an incredibly cute story and we can't wait to see the movie. I didn't realize that this was not the version of the book written my Kate DiCamillo. The version we read was the novelization of the movie, so it was probably a little bit different from the original book. My daughter is currently reading DiCamillo's book in her classroom with her teacher, so we won't bother reading that one. But I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for [...]

    16. This was totally a five! I loved the part where a mouse was brave enough to meet the princess and he even saved her from all of the rats. This rat liked the sun and was different from all other rats, but then he became bad. And then at the end, he helped Despereaux save the princess. This book taught me that no matter how small or tall you are, it doesn't matter. All that matters is if you can be brave or not. I'm small just like Despereaux and I can still be brave!

    17. I was really looking forward to this, my final book for Battle of the Books, but I did not realize it was not the original version. The unabridged audio version of this book is absolutely delightful, but this book lost some of its charm and many of its details. And I imagine since it was based on the movie, there were some very choppy transitions from chapter to chapter with holes in the action. Still enjoyable, but now I am craving the original!

    18. I have just read the fictional fantasy novel, The Tale Of Despereaux, written by Kate Dicamillo. In the story, a mouse (Despereaux) is an outcast who is sent to the dungeon for falling in love with a human princess (Princess Pea). A rat (Roscuro) then kidnaps the beautiful princess and Despereaux decides he must go on a quest to save her. I rated this book three stars because it was enjoyable, but did not meet up with the age group it was written to represent.

    19. This was certainly better than the movie. Some parts weren't mentioned in the movied that were mentioned in the book. That was a little confusing to me, because Ir ead the book first. I would most like to be like Despereacux. He always told himself to have honesty, courage and honor. He never gave up. He reminds me of Dumbo and Horton from Horton hears a who.End of review.

    20. A very adventurous book that I think will be great fun to read to my own children. I actually approve of the liberty this author took in adding and changing characters to create this junior novelization. In many respects, I think it will be an easier book to read aloud to children than the original/longer version by Kate DiCamillo.

    21. This book was fantastic! I read the whole thing outloud to the kids and they loved it just as much as I did. I really enjoyed the whole story. I can't wait to see the movie to this! This is an excellent book for any reader that loves fun and adventure. This book is rated for 7-12 year old. I am in my late 30's and I LOVED IT! Happy Reading! Heather

    22. I'm searching for a book for one of my 6th graders who has been reading Calvin & Hobbes for one month so I found this junior novelization to add to the other books I'll offer him that are easier graphic novels. I'm hopeful this will work. I really hate novelizations, but this one was ok without being too cutesy.

    23. Ho Ho! Stealing cheese from mouse traps? Knights in castles? That may sound strange but it's a good book! But before I can tell you that story, I have to tell you this story. But I can't tell you THAT storyI forgot how the book goes. Don't read the real book because that's not the story. Read the junior novelization of the Tale of Despereaux.

    24. I think the book was interesting because there was a mouse who was unique and one of a kind.Its text was very descriptive & it had very good details.It also had a good flow of words.I think it was a "just right" book for me.The book had vocabulary at my level.I think it is age appropriate for ages 10-12.I would like to recommend it to my friend because he loves books that have adventurous genres

    25. At first I felt like it was similar to Ratatouille, but was pleasantly surprised. This is the jr. novelization version, but that's good, since I was after the basic storyline. My daughter Megan will probably love it.

    26. This is the story about a really brave and well mannered mouse , some soup and lots of adventures. Throw in some rats, a beautiful princess and the odd tragedy and you have yourself a darn good read.

    27. This is cute, but remember it's the movie version and not actually written by DiCamillo. I haven't rad the orginal so I can't compare them . Amber enjoyed it, which was what mattered. It's a fun story with a daring mouse, a princess in need of rescue and the meaning of true courage.

    28. The original Tale of Despereaux is one of my favorite books of all time. Therefore, I don't understand why someone felt the need to write a different book based off of the movie. Especially since they called it "a junior novelization," meanwhile the original is already for kids.

    29. This was a fun really quick read. This book is not the original story but is a book written from the movie. My oldest son (8) really loved the book and I would recommend this book for any young readers. I want to read the original story now but that may be a while.

    30. I loved reading thie Jr. novelization with my 5 year old. It was a fun and compelling tale and made her anxious to read more chapter books. I can't wait to read the original novel!

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