Mini Reviews (3) – Kate DiCamillo

The kids and I have been on a Kate DiCamillo kick lately!

Because of Winn-Dixie

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Oh my goodness, this was SO good! It’s got a similar vibe to To Kill a Mockingbird, but it’s more lighthearted and age appropriate for my kids. Still, it opened up some dialogue about the horrors of war, judging others, and broken homes. Cherry Jones’ narration is perfect!

We watched the film too. While not as good as the book, it was still a cut above most “family films”. AnnaSophia Robb makes an appealing Opal, and I was particularly impressed with Dave Matthews as Otis.

The Tale of Despereaux

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Even better as an audiobook! This lovely children’s story is meant to be read aloud, so audiobook format is perfect.

We’ve seen the film before and decided to re-watch it for our weekly Family Movie Night. I love the art style of the rats and mice, the voice work is superb, but I wish that they hadn’t changed the story so much.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Edward Tulane is not as charming as Winn-Dixie or Despereaux, but DiCamillo blends humor and pathos in this adventure story.
My kids misunderstood the synopsis, thinking that “ailing child” was “alien child”. They declared this book “Great, even without aliens!” 😀

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