From his birth, Despereaux is unlike the other mice in the castle. He is born with his eyes open, looking at the light—an early indication of his love for light and all that provides it, including music, stories, and love. Despereaux is also smaller than the other mice, with unusually large ears, and he is not expected to survive. But he does live; thus, from his very birth, Despereaux is an underdog who fights and succeeds against impossible odds.
As Despereaux grows older, his inability to fit in with the other mice only becomes more...
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