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The Tale of Despereaux: The Graphic Novel

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Based on the screenplay, this graphic novelisation brings the adventures of Despereaux Tilling and all the other characters of the film to life in an accessible way, printed in full colour throughout, and is ideal for encouraging reluctant readers.


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Based on the screenplay, this graphic novelisation brings the adventures of Despereaux Tilling and all the other characters of the film to life in an accessible way, printed in full colour throughout, and is ideal for encouraging reluctant readers.

30 review for The Tale of Despereaux: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I think it's weird that Kate DiCamillo is not list as author of the story. This is based off the movie which is based off her book. I do love that they are talking novels and turning them into graphic novels. It's a quick way to re-read a book I've already read. I am surprised how much I had forgotten of this. Despereaux is a brave mouse in a world where mice are supposed to be afraid. He is loyal, honorable and brave. He befriends the princess. His mice think he is too brave so they throw him in I think it's weird that Kate DiCamillo is not list as author of the story. This is based off the movie which is based off her book. I do love that they are talking novels and turning them into graphic novels. It's a quick way to re-read a book I've already read. I am surprised how much I had forgotten of this. Despereaux is a brave mouse in a world where mice are supposed to be afraid. He is loyal, honorable and brave. He befriends the princess. His mice think he is too brave so they throw him in the basement with the other mice. Conclusion. The art is good and it's a fast pace. I think Kate's novel is better and this does it's job.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William Stanger

    This was a decent little graphic novel adapted from the movie of the same name. It's been so long since I saw the movie that I can't remember if the story was the same or not. I read the novel a few years ago as well, but I'd need to read it again before making any comparisons. Anyway, it's a decent, short read, with a good story and it would seem to be a great introduction to the brave, little mouse, Despereaux.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Well done graphic novel version of Tale of Despereaux. This will appeal to those that watch the movie. However, I wouldn't recommend as a replacement for the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Madigan Mirza

    I must confess, I haven't read the original book, or seen the animated movie. I just finished reading this graphic novel adaptation and I came into it pretty darn skeptical... a comic book, based on the movie... based on the original novel? How good could it be? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It's light-hearted and moves swiftly. Obviously, it's a completely different animal than the original work, but taken completely on it's own merits it's pretty good. The book opens with Roscuro t I must confess, I haven't read the original book, or seen the animated movie. I just finished reading this graphic novel adaptation and I came into it pretty darn skeptical... a comic book, based on the movie... based on the original novel? How good could it be? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It's light-hearted and moves swiftly. Obviously, it's a completely different animal than the original work, but taken completely on it's own merits it's pretty good. The book opens with Roscuro the Rat, sailing in for the Kingdom of Dor's Royal Soup Day, which is apparently an even bigger celebration than Christmas. Chef Andre's top-secret to his sumptious soups is his helper, a magical being made of vegetables. Meantime, among the mice, an unusually brave and intrepid Despereaux is born. His teachers soon despair of teaching him how to cower and scurry as ordinary mice do, which is handled with a fair bit of humor. "Despereaux, there are so many wonderful things in life to be afraid of if you just learn how scary they are." After the Queen accidentally drowns in a bowl of soup (it's handled in such a way that it's not nearly as gruesome as it sounds) the King outlaws soup and a gloom descends over the country. When Despereaux is exiled from his community for his continually un-mousy behavior (reading books, befriending princesses and the like) he and Roscuro team up and eventually bring soup (and happiness) back to the Kingdom of Dor. The bold dark outlines in the artwork lend a hand-drawn feel to this digitally created piece. The style of the full-color drawings seems inspired by the film; just a bit more cartoonish and with a slightly muted palette. I imagine I'll recommend this short 126 page graphic novel as a gateway drug to kids who can't seem to tear themselves away from Pokemon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jarrett Bell

    The Tale of Despereaux is an action packed story filled with the brave actions of a mouse. I feel that graphic novels are best reserved for showing (as opposed to telling) emotion. While there is a great moral lesson in the story, I think this particular action packed based book was poorly done. These are best kept in vivid, descriptive language.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joell Schmidling-Peysar

    I read this story to my son at bedtime a few years ago. It was his first dip in the chapter book pool and I think he actually liked that. He is now reading the book for himself. It's a sweet story. My son enjoys stories about animals that are heroic and so this was right up his alley. I think he will soon try to find other books by this author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    I admit I've never read the original book or seen the movie so when I came across this graphic novel I was intrigued. The story is nice and easy to follow. Based on a kingdom suffering the blues, a young mouse tries his best to save the princess and make things better. The artwork is nice and the text is easy to follow. A nice graphic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Sierra LOVED this book. She actually read the whole thing in one day. I've never been able to get her to read more than a picture book on her own in one day. These graphic novels are a great way to introduce chapter books to children. They still have lots of pictures, yet they give them the feeling of reading a long book, but they are very quick reads at the same time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Sharp

    This wonderful graphic novel is based on the novel The Tale of Despereaux, a lively story about a mouse and a rat both looking for something more than their life currently gives them in the Kingdom of Dor. This graphic novel, with excellent illustrations, would be perfect for the younger reader who wants to enjoy the story, but isn't quite ready for the lengthy chapter book by Kate DiCamillo.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This was a quick read. I had already read the novel and so I eagerly turned these pages to see how they illustrated different characters and scenes. You still get the same feelings of grief, darkness and then forgiveness and light. Great book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan Anderson

    Really cute adaptation of the story. The plot is somewhat different from the novel, but that's okay! It'd be perfect for a class to read this and DiCamillo's novel to do a side-by-side comparison. 4/5 on here, 8/10 for myself

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    The graphic novel was a great way to read this tale. The pictures and color made the story very visual while reading. I will use this book and recommend to any child that enjoys comics or looking at pictures while reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Jo Lambert

    I have read the original story and seen the movie. This graphic novel is definitely more like the movie than the book, but this is still a great graphic novel adaptation. I am sure that kids will like this more than I did. I wasn't just a huge fan of either the original story or the movie...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    read for NoveList booklists

  15. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    My 11yo read this to me; it's a very good depiction of the original book, which we both loved.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richelle

    Great adaptation from the movie.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megumi

    Loved this fairy-tale alot. Had a unique theme/story line and is enjoyable for children!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joenna

    Fun illustrations.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    I enjoyed the graphics. The pictures take on more importance than most of the graphic novels I have read thus far. My students seem to like the graphic novel as much as the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a great graphic version of the novel. The illustrations were clear--very similar to the movie (from what I can gather, I haven't actually seen the show).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    was so inter resting

  22. 5 out of 5

    Acton

    very good comic book.... and if you like it i recomend ASTERIX, which is also a good comic book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Garcia

    really good

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Really good graphics that match with the movie.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    It's a graphic novel version of the film, rather than the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Not bad. Illustrations bring the story to life, however, I prefer more text. I found it very similar to Ratatouille.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emilycwg

    This can not compare to the book, but it was still entertaining!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aarifa

    This one was based on the movie of the tale of despereaux. I kinda liked it but.... It wasn't "so" good as the real one..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Read DiCamillo's version!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    They changed quite a bit of the original book for the movie. I have very mixed feelings about this.

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