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

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Candlewick Press, Sep 8, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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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.
 

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In Book 1, we meet Desperaux, a tiny mouse with large ears and an exceptionally large heart, who falls in love with a (human) princess. In Book 2, we meet Chiaroscuro, a rat, who at first seems like ... Read full review

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A very good children's book, I could tell I would have enjoyed this book very much as a tween. But I was expecting more of the movie. Read full review

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Contents

the last one
11
such a disappointment
16
once upon a time
20
enter the Pea
26
what Furlough saw
30
this drum
34
a mouse in love
37
to the rats
42
to the dungeon
152
a song in the dark
158
beware of the rats
162
a rat who knows her name
166
Recalled to the Light
172
kill em even if theys alread dead
175
the knight in shining armor
180
what Mig carried
183

the right question
46
good reasons
50
the threadmaster cometh
57
adieu
62
perfidy unlimited
67
darkness
73
light
76
Chiaroscuro
82
blinded by the light
85
small comforts
92
confessions
98
light light everywhere
103
a view from a chandelier
106
the queens last words
110
he puts his heart together again
114
consequences
117
Gor The Tale of Miggery Sow
122
a handful of cigarettes a red tablecloth and a hen
125
a vicious circle
128
royalty
131
a wish
136
to the castle
139
start with the cursy and finish with the thread
145
a small taste
188
to the dungeon
196
missing
200
forgiveness
204
the tears of a king
210
the rest of the thread
216
what Cook was stirring
222
whose ears are those?
226
some soup
231
mouse blood yes
236
no choice
240
on the tail of a rat
246
what do you want Miggery Sow?
251
in which the princess says his name
258
what is that smell?
260
happily ever after
266
Coda
270
Acknowledgments
272
Excerpt from Flora Ulysses
273
Author Illustrator Bios
283
Copyright Page
284
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Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor winner; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; the picture book GREAT JOY; and several books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.

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