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

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A heartwarming young adventure story, winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.

A deftly crafted fairy tale adventure story from a New York Times bestselling author, twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal. Here, reader, is the tale of a tiny, sickly mouse with unusually large ears; a mouse who takes his fate into his own hands. It is the tale of a beautiful, flaxen-haired princess who laughs often and makes everything around her seem brighter. It is the tale of a poor, deaf serving girl who entertains foolish dreams of splendour. It is a tale of impossible love, of bravery and of old-fashioned courage. And, reader, it is a tale of treachery - unlimited treachery...
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Product details

  • 7+
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 264g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • w. ill.
  • 1844289931
  • 9781844289936
  • 37,603

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...entertains, involves and enlightens... * The Bookseller * Expertly told, with frequent asides to the reader, vividly drawn characters and funny, the story makes it impossible for one's heart not to go out to the spirited little mouse - it is a book for all ages. * The Children's Bookseller * A magical fairy story you can't just stop reading. * Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle * Full of charm, this is a heroic story of how goodness and courage can outsmart evil. * Guardian *
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About Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux and Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, both of which received a Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Kate DiCamillo, current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in the US, lives in Minneapolis.

In addition to illustrating The Tale of Despereaux, Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson and Finn Throws a Fit by David Elliott, and the acclaimed author-illustrator of The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone and Necks Out for Adventure! and The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger. He lives in the USA in Kingston, Massachusetts, with his wife and sons.
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136,586 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 38% (52,052)
4 34% (46,705)
3 21% (28,528)
2 5% (7,113)
1 2% (2,188)
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