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The Tale of Despereaux

Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread
DiCamillo, Kate (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Tale of Despereaux


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The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Authors: DiCamillo, Kate
Title: The tale of Despereaux
being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread
Publisher: Cambridge, MA :, Candlewick Press,, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 267 p. ;,22 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Summary: The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal, 2004
Additional Contributors: Ering, Timothy B.
ISBN: 9780763617226
0763617229
Branch Call Number: j DICAMILLO
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Report This Apr 12, 2014
  • tomysshadow rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found it really hard to form a picture in my head of what's going on, and usually I can do that with ease. I found the story hard to follow given that it is told from three different perspectives. As much as I love books and regret saying this, I take no pleasure in admitting that the movie was better than the book. At least then, I could tell what was supposed to be happening. It's an interesting story nonetheless, but difficult to read, especially as it is branded for young readers.

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  • KMmint rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting book. really liked it. The transitions are little bit incomplete feeling.

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  • blue_bison_87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing because it kept me interested in want might come next.

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  • aprilmay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I understand that this book is meant to be for younger readers, but it's just ot fair that "younger readers" get all the good books! That being said, this is my third time reading The Tale of Despereraux, and after three times, it has yet to disappoint me!

I just loved reading this book! I couldn't stop reading about all the adventures. I recommend this book to everyone who is a "bookworm". I personally enjoyed reading this myself.

Report This May 31, 2013
  • AbeFreeman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I can't believe the average rating is only 2 stars. In fact, I can't understand why anyone would only give it 4 stars. A "must read" book for children of all ages, and well deserving of its award.

Report This Mar 30, 2013
  • JGustafs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had seen the animated movie before I was aware of the book, so I was grateful to find so much relational wisdom in Desperaux's interactions with his family, the rats, the princess, the king, and even the cook. The book reminded me of elements from "The Secret of Nymh". The mysterious challenges waiting for him in the dungeon, complimented by the hope of glory and love make Mr. Tillings adventures the most exquisite of stories. Though life may be dark at times, there is always light nearby.

Report This Mar 26, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Recommended for any age group, whether as a read-aloud in class, at home before bed, or for an adult who's still young at heart. Masterfully crafted and woven, this tale will make the dear reader laugh, cry, gasp and run the full emotional spectrum.

Report This Mar 11, 2013
  • lila5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love this book!

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  • florykang rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book i think this book is for all book lovers

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  • Megi2001 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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This is a book with different stories about mice, rats, a princess and a very unfortunate girl who was sold by her father. These stories intertwine in order to tell a tale about a mouse who disappointed his mouse community and fell in love with a princess and lived happily ever after.

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  • Megi2001 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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"These 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."

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  • SerenityRose rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"A rat is a rat is a rat" -Botticelli

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  • MARGARET Y LI rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

 "What Cook was stirring was...soup. Soup, reader! In the king's own castle, against the king's law, right under the king's very nose, Cook was stirring soup!" (224).

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