Was Kate DiCamillo well-served by Hollywood?

Local author Kate DiCamillo has been a hit with kids, teens, and the parents looking over their shoulders for years now and was honored with the 2004 Newbery Award for The Tale of Despereaux.

The story of a magnificently eared mouse with romantic passions beyond his years, class, and, well, species, has now received the Hollywood animation treatment, opening this weekend. The voice talent is first-rate: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Stanley Tucci. But will it live up to the hype? The early reviews say no. But it’s a safe bet the kids will be less discriminating, and a certainty that everyone will be asking what else DiCamillo has written.