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

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5U4.732375
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
122 Book Reviews
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  • pumpkin40107
    pumpkin40107Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2:26 pm33 stars
    It was a pretty good book and it looks and sounds like a classic book but it wasn’t the best book I’ve read😬😐
    • Juan nacho headFriday, February 15, 2019 at 10:40 am
      That book good I read it in a week
      • ariettaki08
        ariettaki08Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4:22 pm33 stars
        It was ok, but maybe if they put more exiting parts in there, it would be better.
        • MeFriday, November 2, 2018 at 8:59 am
          This book was awesome! Something about it really made it feel special when I finished it.
          • piggie101
            piggie101Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:25 am55 stars
            It is about a mouse who is love with a princess and he is not like the other mice and [wait I am saying to much yeah I am] so now to read the rest read it yourself it will only take you a year :)Also its not for every reader 5 Stars
            • BoksoonyTuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm
              This book was soooo good it blew my mind 😍🤯
              • starns20
                starns20Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:19 am55 stars
                I recommed this book because it's very good.
                • eaglegamer
                  eaglegamerWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm55 stars
                  i like this book
                  • GPCKTuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:29 am
                    This is a very good book and i would recomend it to anyone who is looking for a book with a deep meaning.
                    • RachelWednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:12 am
                      This book is awesome!