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

87%

12 Critic Reviews

Dear reader, light your lamp and listen to the tale of Despereaux, the last mouse born of Antoinette.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Kate DiCamillo

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Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis. Alison McGhee is the award-winning author of books for all ages, including Song of Middle C, illustrated by Scott Menchin; the #1 New York Times bestseller Someday, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; the young adult novel All Rivers Flow to the Sea; and the adult novel Shadow Baby, a Today Show Book Club selection. Alison McGhee lives in Minnesota. Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let's Do Nothing! and the illustrator of Hallie Durand's Mitchell's License. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Tony Fucile lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Published August 30, 2009 by Candlewick. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Tale of Despereaux
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

Dear reader, light your lamp and listen to the tale of Despereaux, the last mouse born of Antoinette.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Aug 01 2011

I highly recommend The Tale of Despereaux, in particular as a read-together book.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Jun 15 2007

This is truly one of those enchanting stories that will last for generations.

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Star Tribune

Above average
on Aug 30 2003

It's hard to know whether the Minneapolis author's many fans will welcome "The Tale of Despereaux" or whether they will feel like calling the exterminator.

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Booklist Online

Good

Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious.

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Pajiba

Excellent
on Mar 06 2009

As young adult books go, this one wins. It’s a stock fairytale, but one grounded in realism. That, coupled with large swaths of black humor and the occasional educational tidbit make this one more than worthy of its gold Newberry Medal.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Jan 19 2004

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX hits the trifecta for a children's book: It makes a great read-alone, read-aloud, or reading group book.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
on Aug 02 2011

I highly recommend The Tale of Despereaux, in particular as a read-together book.

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Kidz World

Good
on Dec 09 2008

The Tale of Despereaux is a touching story that will leave you with a smile on your face.

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KidsReads

Excellent
on Apr 11 2006

This is undoubtedly a tale that will be told again and again throughout the years.

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Teen Ink

Good

The Tale of Despereaux is an amazing read and a delightful story.

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Teen Ink

Good

This book is surely a weapon of ‘mouse’ destruction—in a good way, of course.

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