I want to encourage you to go see The Tale of Desperaux, as I plan to do. No, I have not seen it yet, but my kids have read the book and liked it. I read Great Joy, a short story by Kate DeCamillo, the other day and was impressed. She has written other books, like Because of Winn-Dixie (which also became a movie). Read below some of the review of the movie and encouragement from John Seel.
“Imagination always precedes knowledge. It’s better to illustrate this lesson in a story, than teach it as a rule. For when the heart is engaged, the feet follow.
The Tale of Despereaux is tale of redemption. In the end, soup returns and the Kingdom of Dor is restored because the cycle of bitterness and revenge is broken. Forgiveness is the most heroic of all actions.
Few movies depict forgiveness as central to a virtuous heroic life. This is the message of the film, The Tale of Despereaux, the cinematic adaptation of Kate DeCamillo’s Newbery award-winning book.”
I encourage you to check out his review, which also contains some discussion questions written for personal, family or church use. It is great to see a good movie come out of Hollywood.