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

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Product Description 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.  With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering. Review The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tiger Rising here shifts gears, demonstrating her versatility while once again proving her genius for mining the universal themes of childhood. . . . I must tell you, you are in for a treat. —Publishers Weekly (starred review) A charming story of unlikely heroes . . . This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun. —School Library Journal (starred review) Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious. —Booklist (starred review) The melodramatic voice of the narrator glides through DiCamillo's entirely pleasing tale . . . And so unwinds a tale with twists and turns, full of forbidden soup and ladles, rats lusting for mouse blood, a servant who wishes to be a princess, a knight in shining—or at least furry—armor, and all the ingredients of an old-fashioned drama. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) DiCamillo "sets the stage for a battle between the forces of Darkness and Light in  The Tale of Despereaux, and the book is a terrific, bravura performance." —The New York Times Book Review There is a classic charm to this picaresque tale of an idealistic mouse suffering unrequited love for a princess; that and a pace that lends itself to reading aloud will make this novel a favorite among those ready for some gentle questing. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books DiCamillo tells an engaging tale . . . Many readers will be enchanted by this story of mice and princesses, brave deeds, hearts 'shaded with dark and dappled with light,' and forgiveness. —The Horn Book Soul stirring and charming. —Booklist Newbery-Honor winning DiCamillo creates the perfect read-aloud with delightful, fanciful characters. —Child's Best of the Year This old-fashioned tale is overflowing with good and evil, light and dark, scary adventures, and a happy ending. Ideally read aloud. —Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year Chill winds call for hot cocoa and a good book.  The Tale of Despereaux serves up 52 chapters bursting with adventure. —Washington Parent I give this book the highest rating: five out of five stars. —Newsday Unexpectedly complex in the relationships between its characters, DiCamillo's fable, engagingly illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, delivers a carefully orchestrated, but not overstated, testament to the power of love and forgiveness. —San Francisco Chronicle "Reader, it is his destiny — just as it is for  The Tale of Despereaux to become another timeless classic in the once-upon-a-time genre. —Orlando Sentinel This charming adventure by the award-winning author of Because of Winn-Dixie is a story of love, courage and following your heart. —Detroit Free Press Read the book aloud. Few recent texts have been designed for that, with multiple plots ticking on, divided into 52 small chapters. And don't forget the coda, a tiny but deft apologia of the imagination. —Chicago Tribune This charming fairy tale brims with delightful characters. —Cleveland Plain Dealer Here once again, loss brings characters together, misfits find

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