Reviews for Tale of Despereaux : The Graphic Novel

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Also adapted by David Tilton. This bright and colorful graphic novel is an adaptation of the 2008 movie based on Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Award-winning book. Digital images paired with dialogue and description create a well-paced and visually appealing narrative, though fans of the original story may be looking for more than they'll find here. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 January

Gr 3-7--This graphic novel is based not on Kate DiCamillo's original novel, but is adapted from the movie script of the recent film. The story of the brave mouse who rescues a princess is told not only through paneled illustrations, but also through an ongoing narration, giving the tale more prose than most graphic novels. The result is that there is less pressure on the pictures to show the emotions of the characters, making the rare moments when they carry the story more powerful. The cartoon-style artwork depicts the movie-concept characters in a straightforward fashion that sometimes seems oversimplified for the sophisticated text. The characters appear softer than their movie counterparts, particularly Princess Pea, whose tears make a particularly lovely set of four panels. Though the story comes through clearly and the pacing is fast and action-oriented, the book feels like the adaptation it is, and seems like it is only scratching the surface of the characters. It will work as a substitute for children who have seen the film and can't wait until it comes out on DVD, and will hopefully inspire many of those same readers to pick up the original tale.--Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library

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