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.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published on December 8, 2015 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763680893
ISBN-13: 9780763680893
126 Book Reviews
  • unicorncat11
    unicorncat11about 2 months55 stars
    I absolutely love this book
    • dolphinqueen18
      dolphinqueen18about 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!!!
      • Arenover 1 year
        I love that author there are so much good books that she wrote.
        • chloele
          chloeleover 1 year55 stars
          Despereaux : the super cute mouse with large eyes and ears.
          • effie302
            effie302almost 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
              haydengirl71907almost 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
                bookexplorerabout 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.
                • mawaddah
                  mawaddahabout 2 years55 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
                    rainbowytover 2 years55 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 Baconover 2 years
                      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^^^