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The Tale of Desperaux is about a mouse who is born in a caste. Desperaux is small with very big ears for his size. He does not act like a mouse. Instead, he loves to read. The oddest thing about him was probably the fact that he fell in love with a princess, whom he called Pea.
But you must, when you are calculating the odds of the mouse's success, factor in his love for the princess. Love, as we have already discussed, is a powerful thing ... (Ch. 43)
Although Desperaux gets in trouble with the other mice for loving a princess and general unmousey behavior, he does have friends. The Thredmaster assists him. He has other misadventures with Roscuro, the rat who kidnaps the princess with the help of the servant Mig. However, the princess is quick-witted and forgiving In the end, everyone gets what they want, mostly. Roscuro is allowed in the castle, but Desperaux does not get to marry the princess. The princess is set free, and the queen gets to eat as much soup as she wants.
This is a fun-loving book, but it does have some good lessons to teach. You have to be careful how you choose your friends for one. Also, it is okay to be different, but being different does not always mean you will fit in or be happy.