The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

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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.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on August 25, 2003 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763617229
ISBN-13: 9780763617226
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  • effie302
    effie302Friday, June 12, 2020 at 6:39 am
    very cute story I love this book very much and Despereaux is super cute, they describe him as super small, read the book to find out more
    • haydengirl71907
      haydengirl71907Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:48 pm44 stars
      this book is about a little mouse named despereaux. he falls in love with a princess. who loves playing with him. but her father does not let her because a mouse frightened her mother to death.
      • bookexplorer
        bookexplorerSunday, May 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm55 stars
        “The Tale of Desperaux” is one of my favorite books. The author did a really great job when it came to describing what was happening and why the characters felt the way they did. I guarantee you will love this book.
        • mawaddah
          mawaddahSaturday, May 9, 2020 at 1:35 pm55 stars
          I read this book a miilion times and i still love it!I love Kate Dicamillos books so much i have all her books at home for two years!!!!!!!!!! Im soooo happy that Kate made novels i love them!!!!!!!!!
          • rainbowyt
            rainbowytThursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:07 pm55 stars
            This book is full of emotion. It is full of adventure and is the type of book that you never want to stop reading. I love it very much.
            • Emily BaconTuesday, February 11, 2020 at 5:29 pm
              This book is epic but I wish I can tell you what it's about but I can't all I can tell you about it is it's a little mouse named Despereaux who has a crush on a princess but the princess is human and they understand him than the princess gets lost in the dungeon it's up to Despereaux tosave the beutiful princess and do something with Miggery sow you must read this great awsome book!!!!!! and it says whut it's about up here^^^
              • BookwormGMESTuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11:04 am
                I loved this book so much and I recommend it if you are in 5th to 8th grade. I would not recommend this, however, to people who don't like to read long books. This book was a fair size, and it was also hard to finish. But, I was a good reader and in 3rd grade at the time. But this book was a great adventure book with lots of surprises around each corner. [P.S, the movie is definitely NOT as good as the book, so read the book first]
                • Chenfei ZhoeTuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:11 pm
                  even though it's been a long time since I read this book, it is still an engaging dramatic novel that I recommend to all readers who like mice, fighting, and a little fun.
                  • reader_red
                    reader_redSaturday, August 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm55 stars
                    Despereaux is the most un-mouse-like mouse ever to roam. He falls in love with a princess. After doing something especially un-mouse-like, Desperaux is banished to the deep dark.
                    • applemango
                      applemangoWednesday, July 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm55 stars
                      You know this book really is fascinating to me. I read this in 3rd grade and it made me laugh and cry at the same time! The tale of Desperaux is a good one to read....About a king who hates rats and princess too. However Desperaux is a mouse and the princess thinks he is a good one. There is also a wicked rat involved in the story. All strewn onto a big mantel of weaves....