The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo's unlikely hero, a tiny mouse with big ears, makes a charming protagonist.Despereaux Tilling, the aforementioned mouse, is fascinating by music, the Princess Pea, and humans -- all things that mice are supposed to avoid. The iconoclastic little mouse sets himself up for a great deal of adventure (and some misadventures) as a result.Throw in Roscuro, a rat who serves as Despereaux's foil -- but who is also more complex than his fellows -- an upset servant girl, and a law against soup; there you have the basic structure of the story.I found the book very entertaining, and especially liked DiCamillo's habit of addressing "Reader" about the words she uses. What an outstanding way to introduce new vocabulary to kids. I think that this book would be a great read-aloud experience to share.