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Sat, Jul. 24th, 2004, 10:25 am
The Tale of Despereaux

I write here of a fine children's book by Kate DiCamillo about a mouse, a princess and a rat which is slated to be made into an animated film next year.

Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, man or mouse, who does not conform.

It did end happily; at least as happily as it could end for a poor damaged rat whose heart had been broken and mended crookedly. I am so glad that there was redemption even for a creature such as he, that I cried a few simple tears of happiness. Oh, of course it all ended happily for the mouse and the princess, but there was never any doubt of that. Although the author did have some unkind words for rats, she at least recognised they have a heart and granted a happy end for this rodent: "Did you think that rats do not have hearts? Wrong. All living things have a heart. And the heart of any living thing can be broken." Now, at last, I can look forward to the move. Thank you, porsupah.

Fri, Jul. 23rd, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)

I guess Disneyland, home of the world's biggest rat doesn't count?

Tue, Jul. 27th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)

I'm reading the same book at this moment! I've only completed the first book, but I look forward to the rest. I've skimmed ahead just lightly, and the rat Roscuro looks so cute! ^-^

Tue, Jul. 27th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)

I didn't think so at first, but he grew on me. I think all the illustrations grew on me as I got to know the characters better. The language of the book was such a delight to read that I'm rereading it, slowly this time, so I can savour the words.