The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

This review of The Tale of Despereaux was originally published at Christianity Today.-Kate DiCamillo's book The Tale of Despereaux is an enchanting story about a mouse with the heart of a hero. Already considered a classic, this Newberry Award winner is a favorite of families and children's librarians everywhere.And now The Tale of Despereaux — or something vaguely resembling it — is a movie. Director Sam Fell is no stranger to rodents; he directed Dreamworks' Flushed Away. But where  … [Read more...]

“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. … [Read more...]

“The Tale of Despereaux”: Promising Signs

One of my favorite children's books... no, scratch that. One of my favorite books is being adapted into an animated feature.And I'm very nervous. Can the filmmakers do the story justice? The Tale of Despereaux is such a delicate, exquisite story. It'll be as tough to capture as the tone of Winnie the Pooh. And... like the best children's books... it holds just as much treasure, or more, for grownups as it does for kids. … [Read more...]

Mike Johnson prepares "The Tale of Despereaux"

One of my favorite childrens' stories... the kind that's so good, adults should be reading it... … [Read more...]