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
127 Book Reviews
  • paxthefox88
    paxthefox887 months55 stars
    This story is about being different and finding out how to fit in.
    • unicorncat11
      unicorncat119 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!!!
        • Arenalmost 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.
                  • mawaddah
                    mawaddahover 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
                      rainbowytalmost 3 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.