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DiCamillos 2004 Newbery Medal-winning fairy tale, wittily subtitled the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread, is a huge change of direction for this successful American childrens author. Instead of another tale of real life, as seen in Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tiger Rising, DiCamillo brings her same style of delicate, literary simplicity to bear on a young fantasy that will be equally enduring and that is already equally lauded.
An unnamed narrator tells the story of a mouse called Despereaux Tilling. He is a special mouse but few believe it at his time of birth. The sickly sole survivor of a large litter, Despereaux has large ears, a small stature and his eyes open way too soon. Its not natural! He can also read and hear sounds that no one else can hear--two very dangerous talents for a castle mouse like him. He is expected to die quickly--but confounds everyone when he fails to do so.
The novel is split into four parts, each book introducing different characters, and then intertwining them all together in a story that, though not told at breakneck speed, is quirky and unforgettable. After Despereauxs sad story, in which he falls deeply in love with the human Princess Pea and is greatly punished for his crime, we also meet Roscuro--a conniving rat whose love of light and soup get him in deep trouble too. And then theres Miggery Sow, a dim-witted peasant girl sold by her father for a red tablecloth, a hen and some cigarettes. Despite her hard life she has a wonderful dream to become a princess.
The writing is carefully crafted and the themes that are tackled are reassuringly familiar. Featuring Timothy Basil Erings stunning illustrations, The Tale of Despereaux is an old-fashioned adventure that is quite timeless. (Age 8 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A magical fairy tale by the author of the bestselling Because of Winn-Dixie. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
When I started reading this I couldn't take my eyes from the story. I read the whole story within a day! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Louise Whittle
I like this piece alot because it makes you feel your there Despereaux a brave little mouse a princess
Mig a slave who got brought to a castle and dreams of being in the... Read more
Such a good book. I read this book when I was 10 and really enjoyed it.It has four different books all in one about a mouse.Would recommend highly.Published on 30 July 2013 by Joanna Sanderson
"Before I read the The Tale of Despereaux, my friends, who have all read this thrilling book, insisted I should read it. Now I have read the book, I know why. Read morePublished on 17 July 2013 by EXW
This book is cute, shorty and snappy. It's really not my usual type of book and I'm definitely not the age group this book is directed at! Still, it was enjoyable nevertheless. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2012 by NerdyReviewer
This is a great intertwined tale with not just the story of despereaux, but megg and rusico the rat. I did a book review on it and I thorouhgly enjoyed it! Read morePublished on 7 July 2010