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The Tale of Despereaux

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Awards

Winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!

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. And 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, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic children?s books and bookmaking traditions.

Review:

"Reader, I will let you imagine, for now, how these witticisms of our omniscient narrator come into play; but I must tell you, you are in for a treat." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious....Ering's soft pencil illustrations reflect the story's charm." Ilene Cooper, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[E]ntirely pleasing....[A] tale with twists and turns, full of forbidden soup and ladles, rats lusting for mouse blood...and all the ingredients of an old-fashioned drama." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun." School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

From the author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, narrated with DeCamillo's trademark humor and heartbreaking poignancy. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL!

Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!

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 others lives. And 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, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic childrens books and bookmaking traditions.

The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.

About the Author

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.

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.

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ZoriBeth, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by ZoriBeth)
One of my two favorite books of all time, The Tale of Despereaux is a work of art disguised as a children's book. Simple, funny, elegant, and heart-wrenching, it is the perfect blend of darkness and light which we reflects that absurd miracle we call life. (Yet another case of "Don't judge a book by its movie.")
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Jonathan, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by Jonathan)
I've read The Tale of Despereaux out loud twice now, once to my wife and then three years later to my five-year-old, and both times I was amazed by the depth of the story and the beauty of the writing even while describing very ugly things. Yes, it's a children's book about talking mice, and yet sometimes it felt more real than a lot of adult fiction that I've read in the past decade. I will certainly be reading it again to my daughters when they're older, and I'm sure that each time they (and I) will discover something new.
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ethanelephant, December 17, 2008 (view all comments by ethanelephant)
I'm reading this book at school. And I already wanted to read it so bad. I'm so glad my teacher picked this one out! We're almost done with it, and I wanted to buy it, it's so good. Whenever we stop reading a chapter I am so tense. I wish we could just read the whole book in like a week. I hate having to stop reading each day!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763617226
Author:
Dicamillo, Kate
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Illustrator:
Ering, Timothy Basil
Author:
DiCamillo, Kate
Author:
Ering, Timothy Basil
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animals - Mice Hamsters Guinea Pigs etc.
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Mice
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Juvenile materials
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Tale of Despereaux
Series Volume:
107-484
Publication Date:
August 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
24 x 21.38 x 6.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
07-12

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Product details 272 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763617226 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Reader, I will let you imagine, for now, how these witticisms of our omniscient narrator come into play; but I must tell you, you are in for a treat."
"Review" by , "Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious....Ering's soft pencil illustrations reflect the story's charm."
"Review" by , "[E]ntirely pleasing....[A] tale with twists and turns, full of forbidden soup and ladles, rats lusting for mouse blood...and all the ingredients of an old-fashioned drama."
"Review" by , "This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, narrated with DeCamillo's trademark humor and heartbreaking poignancy. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL!

Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!

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 others lives. And 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, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic childrens books and bookmaking traditions.

The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.

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