"Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul-stirring as it is delicious." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

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.

From the master storyteller who brought us BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, with twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering. This paperback edition pays tribute to the book's classicdesign, featuring a rough front and elegant gold stamping.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published on December 8, 2015 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763680893
ISBN-13: 9780763680893
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  • shanelleluvskat
    shanelleluvskatTuesday, June 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    I luv this book bcuz it is about a brave mouse that is on a quest to save the princess Pea.
    • sofialuvscats
      sofialuvscatsTuesday, June 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm55 stars
      This book is of love and romance between a mouse and a little princess.
      • DespereauxWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7:51 am
        This book is AWESOME!!!!!!!
        • armcginn
          armcginnSunday, May 21, 2017 at 10:29 am55 stars
          Funny, touching, heroic and simply amazing all at the same time. I loved this book - it was downright awesome.
          • bluedog51
            bluedog51Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm
            VERY GOOD BOOK!
            • bluedog51Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm
              Very exciting and amazing book!
              • gfsfvgfrrdrThursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:57 am
                i love this book
                • bright1234
                  bright1234Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm44 starsFeatured
                  The Tale Of Despereaux is a very heart warming story of a mouse who is not liked by others and is different from a mouse in many ways. When Despereaux continues to not help his brothers and sisters find food and does not do what is is supposed to do, the mouse community decides to put him into the dungeon. When he is put into the dungeon, Despereaux does everything to get out of it. This is also the story of a Princess. I love this book!
                  • happypug12
                    happypug12Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:43 pm44 stars
                    Reader, there's a reason that classics are classics; don't let their names fool you into thinking that only the grey-haired and elderly will enjoy them. There is something enchanting about the Tale of Despereaux. The simplicity is charming, and there is not a single chapter wasted talking about nonsense. Ms. DiCamillo gets straight to the point and the story goes by pleasantly well-paced. This tale about the true love of a mouse, the broken heart of a rat, the beauty of soup, and the wish of a maid with ears like cauliflower was truly delicious to read and is perfect for ALL audiences, from the young to the grey-haired and elderly. And such a meaningful message is delivered as well, a message that typically only the classic, down-to-earth stories tell. The message is: Life isn't fair. I feel that the more modern books tend to blur, smudge, or just completely hide that message with the words "and they lived happily ever after." But this book definitely hit the mark with a heart-warming tale of the tiniest mouse who refused to give in to the hopelessness and unfairness of the dark and instead chose to be a light.
                    • lolgirl1234
                      lolgirl1234Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:55 pm55 stars
                      ok wow i have read this book its soooo cool guys

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