I have heard so many wonderful things about this book and love Kate DiCamillo's other books. However, after reading The Tale of Desperaux this summer it seems sooo dark and serious. I am not sure if it's an appropriate read aloud for 3rd grade. There is a lot of death, abuse, and just horrible things in this story! Opinions? For those of you who have read it aloud to your class, what did your students think of the dark nature? Did it inspire discussion? Did any parents comment? Thanks!