The Tale of Despereaux

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Author: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrator: Timothy Basil Ering

DiCAMILLO, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux. Being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick [2003]. 8vo, 272pp. Color pictorial boards. Patterned endpapers; 22 full-page b&w illustrations. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). Signed by the author, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo.

First edition, in the first state dust jacket, having no barcode or printed price, but rather a sticker attached to the rear cover by the publisher. 2004 Newbery Medal Winner! Despereaux Tilling is  a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. Roscuro is a rat who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And Miggery Sow is a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. How these three find their lives intertwining in the most remarkable adventure makes for a spellbeinding tale. Basis for the animated film.