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

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    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...

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    Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor book, and THE TIGER RISING, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Kate DiCamillo says, "A few years ago, my best friend’s son asked me if I would write a story for him. ‘Well,’ I said, ‘I don’t normally write stories on command.’ ‘But this is a story that I know you would want to tell,’ he said. ‘It’s about an unlikely hero. He has exceptionally large ears.’ ‘What happens to this hero?’ I asked. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘That’s why I want you to write it down, so we can find out.’ Well, Luke Bailey, three years later, here is the story of what happened to your exceptionally large-eared, unlikely hero."

    Timothy Basil Ering is the author and illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE, and he also created the cover image and interior black-and-white drawings for 33 SNOWFISH by Adam Rapp. Of his inspiration for the illustrations in The TALE OF DESPEREAUX, he says, "My mother may have been a mouse in her past life, as I watched her save and help so many mice in our house while I was growing up. The illustrations I’ve done of Despereaux Tilling are, in a way, my tribute to her." Timothy Basil Ering’s artwork has appeared in books, magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries.

    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 other’s 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 children’s books and bookmaking traditions.

    The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.

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    ISBN 9780763617226
    Genre JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
    Genre Detail Juvenile Grades 4-6 Ages 9-11
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 272
    Publisher Date 2003-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Candlewick Pr
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.0 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
    Series Name Tale of Despereaux
    Audience Children/juvenile
    Authors DiCamillo, Kate

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      My grandson wanted the book in hardback for Christmas after reading it at school. After comparison shopping I ordered from Overstock. It was a good guy and a great gift. Shipping and delivery is always prompt from Overstock.

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    • Tale of Despereaux

      This is a wonderful book for any age. My son likes it so much, He's read it four times. Very quick reading because it's such a great story.

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    • Desperight!

      This book is excellent. I am currently reading it to my students. I love it just as much as they do.

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      hello,my name is tyler,I am 9 years old .i love this book a lot.It is about a young, small mouse who opens his eyes and seeks adventures. i love this book very much

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    • A beautiful fairy tale about a knight-in-shining armor, meaning the mouse, saving his beloved princess from a rat. The descriptions were great; the story was a happy one and I just did not want to stop reading.

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