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.
Published on January 1, 2006 by Listening Library
ISBN-10: 0307284859
ISBN-13: 9780307284853
129 Book Reviews
  • rosemary_books
    rosemary_books12 days55 stars
    I remember reading this during Reading Olympics and finding that others in it didn't like this book. Personally, I think it is very clever and entertaining to read. I highly recommend!
    • uwuandowo
      uwuandowo23 days55 stars
      This is the best book ever! We are almost done reading it, it is awesome.
      • paxthefox88
        paxthefox889 months55 stars
        This story is about being different and finding out how to fit in.
        • unicorncat11
          unicorncat1111 months55 stars
          I absolutely love this book
          • dolphinqueen18
            dolphinqueen18over 1 year55 stars
            GREAT!!! You must read this. I won't put in a long review, but just trust me on this one. Have a nice day!!!
            • Arenabout 2 years
              I love that author there are so much good books that she wrote.
              • chloele
                chloeleabout 2 years55 stars
                Despereaux : the super cute mouse with large eyes and ears.
                • effie302
                  effie302over 2 years
                  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
                    haydengirl71907over 2 years44 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
                      bookexplorerover 2 years55 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.