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The Tale of Despereaux
Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

author: Kate DiCamillo
illustrator: Timothy Basil Ering

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL!

Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!

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 otherís lives. And 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, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic childrenís books and bookmaking traditions.

The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$17.99 / $20.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763617229 /  9780763617226
on sale date:
08/2003
format:
Hardback
age range:
7 yrs - 10 yrs
# of pages/size:
272 / 6 1/8" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 2 - Grade 5
 
subjects:
Action & Adventure; Animals; Fairy Tales & Folklore;
illustrator’s comments:
Timothy Basil Ering is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture book The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.
 
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