The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread

eBook - 2009
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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. Featuring black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering, as well as an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's newest novel, Raymie Nightingale.
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780763649432
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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When an evil rat threatens the castle, tiny Despereaux steps up to save the day and the princess he loves. The movie didn't capture this book's beautiful language and heart. It's also read brilliantly.

When an evil rat threatens the castle, tiny Despereaux steps up to save the day and the princess he loves. The movie didn't capture this book's beautiful language and heart. It's also read brilliantly.

Scotsman Graeme Malcolm makes DiCamillo's classic story of a very brave mouse even more delightful.

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.

When Despereaux, a small mouse of unusual talents, falls in love with a human princess, he is banished to the rat-filled dungeon.


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SoftFire
May 06, 2017

The way the story is told is beautiful. It begins with one character, then pauses and switches to a different character. The narrator is very present and highly amusing. The audience does not get lost in time because the narrator always tells us what is happening simultaneously. The reader is fantastic.

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Melynlas
Feb 26, 2017

Wonderfully written book. The story's a bit weird but ,still, the WRITING!

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Tess1144
Sep 23, 2016

The birth of a tiny mouse with giant ears causes a stir within the walls of a castle. Not expected to survive, Despereaux eventually grows and learns to read, becoming fascinated with a fairytale about a knight who rescues a princess. Little does he know that he is soon to have a life-changing encounter with a real princess, with unforgettable results. At turns tragic and hilarious, Despereaux's story is destined to become a classic. Also available in ebook and audiobook formats. There is a graphic novel version as well as a movie based on this story. Also available in French, in audiobook, in graphic novel form as well as a DVD movie version.

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ottelizabethm
Jul 27, 2016

A beautifully written story of courage, hope, deceit and empathy - great for upper elementary through adults.

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carinawong8
Jul 02, 2016

Read it once.....read it twice.....even if I read it a billion times I would still read it over,and over again:)

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white_wolf_432
May 25, 2016

This book was giving to me recently and I haven't read it yet. Now that I've read the reviews on it, I'm excited to read it!

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Theresa1424
Mar 25, 2016

Really good book at first I thought it would be really boring but after a few pages I WAS SOOOOOO INTO IT!!!! It's an amazing book if you would like a nice story you could read every day a few chapters by chapters it's great.

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Salma_Dahmani
Jul 19, 2015

This book is funny and full of action. It made me laugh and I liked that the main character was a mouse. I recommend this for readers who like adventure.

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mayadevi
Jun 13, 2015

Awesome book ! You should read it

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erinsnest
Jun 01, 2015

May 21 2015.....Recommended by a library friend, gave it a go, and I must say I was enchanted. Picked up another one of Kate's books the next week. (Winn Dixie)

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Salma_Dahmani
Jul 19, 2015

There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the voice of someone you love calling your name.

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mayadevi
Jun 13, 2015

Despereaux looked for a long moment into Mig's small concerned eyes and then there came a blinding flash and the sound of metal moving through air as Mig brought the kitchen knife down, down, down. Despereaux felt a very intense pain in his hindquarters.

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StaceyLB
Feb 10, 2013

"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
Nov 04, 2012

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

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MARGARET Y LI
Jul 04, 2012

 "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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StaceyLB
Feb 10, 2013

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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Salma_Dahmani
Jul 19, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some battle scenes.

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