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The Tale of Despereaux

Written by Kate DiCamillo & illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Published by Candlewick Press
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Jan 1, 2003
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A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal–winning tale.

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.

With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.

What Kind of Book is The Tale of Despereaux

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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
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6.0 / 7.0

“The Tale of Despereaux” is a well-loved favorite, and for good reason! Kate DiCamillo is a wonderful author, and I loved this book and “Because of Winn-Dixie” growing up. This is a tale of love, adventure, and forgiveness that you’ll want to read again and again!

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Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
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Who Wrote The Tale of Despereaux

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Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is the celebrated author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, she lives in Minneapolis

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Who Illustrated The Tale of Despereaux

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Timothy Basil Ering
Timothy Basil Ering
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Book Details

ISBN:
9780763617226
Publication Date:
January 1, 2003
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2002034760
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
815678518
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0763617229
Lexile® Level:
670L
Scholastic Level:
U
ATOS® Book Level:
4.7
Accelerated Reader® Points:
5.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
70401
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
MG

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