“The Tale of Despereaux”: Read the Book. (Don’t Wait for the Movie.)

My review of The Tale of Despereaux is coming to Christianity Today Movies next Friday. For now, I’ll just say this: Read the book before you see the movie.

Please. Pretty please. You’ll thank me for it.

It’s one of those classic books like Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth, or Barrie’s Peter Pan, or Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or Lewis’s Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Macdonald’s Princess and the Curdie, or Ende’s Momo. It sits on my shelf of personal favorites right alongside those volumes. This movie is as different from the book as the movie Prince Caspian is different from the book. It’s not a *bad* movie, but believe me… it’s better to experience this story as a novel first than to crowd your head with an altogether different storyline, and different personalities for DiCamillo’s wonderful characters. More details coming on Friday…

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