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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

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.

pub date: 08/2003
isbn #: 0763617229
price (U.S.): $19.99

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Kate DiCamillo reads Chapter One of The Tale of Despereaux (3:10) 
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Kate DiCamillo reveals why she loves mice--and what she has learned from Despereaux (1:07) 
Kate DiCamillo tells what--and who--inspired the story of Despereaux (0:38)