I absolutely adored the narrative style of this one. but I would have preferred if my teacher hadn't spoiled the ending before we read the first chapter.
It's been a while, but I really loved it way back in fifth grade. Afterwards, I checked out some other works of Kate DiCamillo like The Tiger Rising and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Suffice it to say, they were a bit too dark for my elementary-age self.
(But oh, how I could rant about that The Tale of Despereaux movie!)