The Tale Of Despereaux, Softcover   -     By: Kate DiCamillo
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Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

From the master storyteller who brought us Because of Winn-Dixie comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, with twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering. This paperback edition pays tribute to the book's classic design, featuring a rough front and elegant gold stamping. Recommended for ages 7 to 12. The 2004 Newbery Medal winner.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Candlewick
Dimensions: 0.73 X 7.62 X 5.11 (inches)
ISBN: 0763625299
ISBN-13: 9780763625290
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 7-12

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"Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul-stirring as it is delicious." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

From the master storyteller who brought us BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, with twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering. This paperback edition pays tribute to the book's classicdesign, featuring a rough front and elegant gold stamping.

Author Bio

Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor book, and THE TIGER RISING, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Kate DiCamillo says, "A few years ago, my best friend’s son asked me if I would write a story for him. ‘Well,’ I said, ‘I don’t normally write stories on command.’ ‘But this is a story that I know you would want to tell,’ he said. ‘It’s about an unlikely hero. He has exceptionally large ears.’ ‘What happens to this hero?’ I asked. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘That’s why I want you to write it down, so we can find out.’ Well, Luke Bailey, three years later, here is the story of what happened to your exceptionally large-eared, unlikely hero."

Timothy Basil Ering is the author and illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE, and he also created the cover image and interior black-and-white drawings for 33 SNOWFISH by Adam Rapp. Of his inspiration for the illustrations in The TALE OF DESPEREAUX, he says, "My mother may have been a mouse in her past life, as I watched her save and help so many mice in our house while I was growing up. The illustrations I’ve done of Despereaux Tilling are, in a way, my tribute to her." Timothy Basil Ering’s artwork has appeared in books, magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries.


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  1. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2008
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    The only mouse baby to survive the litter, his mother names him Despereaux, for all the sadness and despairs in the world. His ears are too big, his body too small, and his eyes too bright. Theres something wrong with him, his father claims. He will be dead soon.But little Despereaux didnt die. The smallest mouse who ever lived, he shocks the mouse community with his differences, especially his lack of interest in the things a mouse should show interest in. Despereaux is fascinated with the humans world, with music, colors, stories, and a princess named Pea. The mouse council discovers Despereauxs friendship with a human and tries to force him to renounce his actions. But Despereaux could never betray Princess Pea. He refuses and the mouse council votes that he be banished to the dungeon. The book includes three more stories: a ran names Chiaroscuro, who loves the light so much he ends up in the queen's bowl of soup. Young Miggery Sow, a poor girl who dreams of wearing Princess Peas crown. And back to the dungeons with little Despereaux as all three charaters stories connect in a clever and fantastical way. This was such an entertaining and creative fairy tale story. No surprise that its being made into a movie. DiCamillo does a wonderful job of giving hope to her characters, whose parents have failed them. The characters are fun and full of wonderful insight. The book also has the occasional illustration, which are remarkable. I highly recommend this little mouse and his story to all readers.
  2. Ulysses, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2008
    Gerald Russell
    Ulysses, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    My children loved this story! Their excitement generated great interest for this book at our local library, it was hard to find there for awhile. It was even read during the summer reading program based on their enjoyment of the story. Instead of borrowing it from the library, we are adding it to our own bookshelf.
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