i wanted to make book reviews for a while now but i wasn’t sure how. i want to introduce some of the stories that really lit my fire and influenced me to become a nicer person. stories that i hold dear to my heart. so i’m making a little series of ‘not-so-professional’ book reviews. here’s my first take.
the first book that i wanted to share with you is ‘the tale of despereaux by kate dicamillo. it is the tale of an unlikely hero, a brave mouse called ‘despereaux tilling’ as he sets out on a quest to save the human princess Pea. but it doesn’t only tell of despereaux, it also tells the poignant and dark stories of the wishful servant ‘miggery sow’ and the covetous rat ‘chiaroscuro’, two characters that i fell deeply in love with.
one thing that i really love about it is how kate dicamillo wrote this book. i love how it is still eloquently written despite it being a children’s book. and how the author speaks directly to the readers. almost as if she’s a grandmother telling a bedtime story. it just adds a magical touch which i absolutely love.
and you learn different things from each character. things about happiness, duty, love and hope, compassion, redemption and forgiveness.
i like how the pages have jagged edges like it had worn out over time. but a good story is timeless.
and i like the font used. i hold each word very delicately in my heart. it doesn’t hurt my eyes and they’re just the right size.
also, Timothy Ering’s illustrations are just my cup of tea. ❤
i could not recommend this book enough and i would love to read this story to my nephew someday. stories are light. shed some.