Adapted from the movie and illustrated by Matt Smith and David Tilton, The Tale of Despereaux is now available in graphic novel format. Despereaux is not like the other mice, he is adventurous and daring. In his travels through the castle that is his home, he meets a princess which leads to him being banished to the dungeon where the resident rats capture him. After he escapes he embarks on a quest to save the princess and to re-establish the importance of soup. It has been awhile since I have read this novel, so I can not accurately tell you how closely it is followed. However, it was still a fun read, and makes me want to see the movie. The illustrations are cute, though not fantastic. This version might be more accessible to younger readers who are not ready to read the whole chapter book.