- Joy McIntire
Since you like mouse stories and The Tale of Desperaux you may like these titles too:
The mouse and the motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary.
Ralph runs away looking for freedom but winds up a prisoner at a summer camp.
Poppy by Avi.
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
Poppy’s Return by Avi.
Poppy, accompanied by her troublesome son Junior, his skunk friend, and Uncle Ereth the porcupine, responds to a summons to return to her ancestral home, Gray House, to save the mice there from destruction by a bulldozer.
The lighthouse family. The eagle by Cynthia Rylant.
Two mice that live in a lighthouse along with a dog, a cat, and another mouse, lose their compass while exploring the forest, and learn to use their instincts before being rescued by an eagle. See other titles in this series too: The Forest, The Octopus, The Storm, The Turtle, and The Whale.
Other animal stories you might enjoy:
The cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo.
Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
Keep on reading!
Joy McIntire, Youth Services Librarian
There are lots of good action and adventure stories. Since you liked Despereaux Tilling the mouse, you might also enjoy other adventure books with mice as the main characters such as:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O"Brien.
There's something very strange about the rats living under the rosebush at the Fitzgibbon farm. But Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with a sick child, is in dire straits and must turn to these exceptional creatures for assistance.
Time Stops For No Mouse by Micheal Hoeye
When spunky mouse Linka Perflinger walks into Hermux Tantamoq's watch shop in Pinchester, it's obvious that she's anything but ordinary. And when she mysteriously disappears, it's clear Hermux must find her.
Here are some other titles that I also recommend:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four English children open a magic wardrobe door and fall into another world, where a lion is king and a wicked witch threatens the land with eternal winter.
The Boy Who Spoke Dog by Clay Morgan
After being cast overboard during a storm, a young cabin boy is washed ashore on an island inhabited by two packs of dogs. He joins the sheep dogs and develops a special bond that helps him through many adventures.
Lionboy by Zizou Corder
Mysteriously missing parents, a boy who speaks Cat, an extraordinary floating circus, and a handsome hoodlum villain...get ready for one of the most spectacular adventure stories around!