The Tale of Despereaux: The Graphic Novel
by Matt Smith, David Tilton
Roscuro, a rat who travels the seas on a ship, visits town on shore leave and accidentally winds up in the royal soup tureen which scares and kills the queen. It becomes illegal to eat soup and to have rats in town because the king is so heartbroken.
Everything becomes sad when the king is sad. The princess longs for sun. Her servant girl longs to be princess. Roscuro, who now lives in the dungeon with the other rats, longs for the sunshine and wind.
Despereaux Tilling, a big-earred mouse, wants to do great things. He’s not like the other mice in the castle; he doesn’t scurry; he doesn’t cower. He’s curious and asks questions.
He goes to the library with his brother. His brother brings him their to eat the books, but Despereaux decides to read the book. He later gets in a conversation with the princess.
All of these threads will merge for this story.
This was the shortened version of the Kate DiCamillo classic. Hopefully, this story will have kids curious to read the book because the book is better than the graphic novel.
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