I think i have a new favorite kids' author in Kate Dicamillo. I just read her Newberry Award winning The Tale of Despereaux (being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread) and i loved it! Now i don't always go along with all Newberry picks put i was recommended this book by a friend and i loved The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as i have already confessed. So i lost myself to yet another juvenile fiction title and i am so glad i did.
This is tale models itself after classical fairy tales but it definitely has a taste of modern sensibilities. It is about an unlikely hero--a mouse with excessively large ears--who dreams of being a knight. I like the fact that Dicamillo addresses the reader as an active participant in the story. Read Despereaux--i think you'll be you'll be glad you did. (not that i would want to tell you what to do or anything--just a suggestion :)