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

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Author: Katie DiCamillo

Illustrator: Timothy Basil Ering

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Despereaux Tilling is not your ordinary mouse. Much to his family’s annoyance and embarrassment, Desperaux loves music, reading, and stories. But when he falls in love with Princess Pea (whose father’s castle they happen to all live in) and allows himself to be seen and spoken to by her, it’s the last straw and he is banished to the dungeons – home of the nasty rats! But when Desperaux is sent to the dungeons, he meets a rat named Roscuro who is so envious of Desperaux’s home in the brightly lit world above, that he sets out to destroy it – and with it, Desperaux’s beloved Princess Pea.


Can one small mouse save a princess from a dastardly rat’s wicked plans? With her amazing gift for great storytelling, DiCamillo deftly weaves four story lines together in a witty, suspenseful tale that is as perfect for reading aloud to younger children as it is for reading alone. Timothy Basil Ering's pencil illustrations are stunning, precisely capturing the spirit of this lovable-but-strange cast of characters. Your young readers and listeners will be enchanted by this magical tale of daring and fortune, while discovering that the size of a hero’s heart cannot be measured by the size of their body