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The Tale of Despereaux

Written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Published by Candlewick Press
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Goodreads Rating - 4.0 / 5.0
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Target Age
267
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What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

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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B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt
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6.0

“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!

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
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5.75

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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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Where does Roscuro put the princess?
  1. In the garden
  2. In the dungeon
  3. In the kitchen
  4. In her closet
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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0763617229
ISBN 13:
9780763617226
Publication Date:
January 1, 2003