HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a…
Loading...

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup… (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
9,246474486 (4.09)219
Member:horsecat101
Title:The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Other authors:Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2006), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:None

Work details

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (2003)

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 219 mentions

English (472)  German (2)  All languages (474)
Showing 1-5 of 472 (next | show all)
This book is one of my favorite chapter books of all time. I love the adventure of it and the plot twist of the entire book. It's about a small mouse who does what no mouse would ever do and that is to be a hero. In class you could discuss what it means to be brave and also discuss new vocabulary that is found all throughout the book. ( )
  taylor26. | Sep 19, 2018 |
I'll probably offend everyone who just loved this book and bought copies for all their friends and gave it awards, but I really disliked it. I thought it was self-conscious and too cutely precious and the author intrusions were annoying. I couldn't finish it. Just not the book for me. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Fun adventure about a mouse and a princess. Despereaux has been banished from the other mice, but makes the best of his situation. He is on a mission to save the princess. This book is so fun and has elements that will appeal to children of all ages.
  heidimaxinerobbins | Jul 23, 2018 |
What a great book. So many quotes I need to copy down to reread and cherish. ( )
  CSKteach | Jul 20, 2018 |
In this book, there are multiple main characters that each have their own story and goal. It's like reading different books at once until the end when it all comes together. I would include this book in my classroom because it has great imagery and has excellent vocabulary that would challenge a reader. This book is also a great way to introduce talking about different characters and comparing and contrasting. ( )
  laurynrohde | Apr 25, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 472 (next | show all)

» Add other authors (11 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kate DiCamilloprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ering, Timothy B.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ering, Timothy BasilIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story.
Dedication
For Luke, who asked for the story of an unlikely hero
First words
This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse.
Quotations
There are those hearts, reader, that never mend again once they are broken. Or if they do mend, they heal themselves in a crooked and lopsided way, as if sewn together by a careless craftsman.
Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary
Despereaux is a
small mouse with big ears and the
heart of a lion.
(passion4reading)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763625299, Paperback)

Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery Honor book Because of Winn-Dixie, spins a tidy tale of mice and men where she explores the "powerful, wonderful, and ridiculous" nature of love, hope, and forgiveness. Her old-fashioned, somewhat dark story, narrated "Dear Reader"-style, begins "within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse." Despereaux Tilling, the new baby mouse, is different from all other mice. Sadly, the romantic, unmouselike spirit that leads the unusually tiny, large-eared mouse to the foot of the human king and the beautiful Princess Pea ultimately causes him to be banished by his own father to the foul, rat-filled dungeon.

The first book of four tells Despereaux's sad story, where he falls deeply in love with Princess Pea and meets his cruel fate. The second book introduces another creature who differs from his peers--Chiaroscuro, a rat who instead of loving the darkness of his home in the dungeon, loves the light so much he ends up in the castle& in the queen's soup. The third book describes young Miggery Sow, a girl who has been "clouted" so many times that she has cauliflower ears. Still, all the slow-witted, hard-of-hearing Mig dreams of is wearing the crown of Princess Pea. The fourth book returns to the dungeon-bound Despereaux and connects the lives of mouse, rat, girl, and princess in a dramatic denouement.

Children whose hopes and dreams burn secretly within their hearts will relate to this cast of outsiders who desire what is said to be out of their reach and dare to break "never-to-be-broken rules of conduct." Timothy Basil Ering's pencil illustrations are stunning, reflecting DiCamillo's extensive light and darkness imagery as well as the sweet, fragile nature of the tiny mouse hero who lives happily ever after. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:50 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 12 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.09)
0.5 2
1 24
1.5 10
2 75
2.5 15
3 319
3.5 82
4 664
4.5 111
5 772

Candlewick Press

3 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 0763625299, 0763617229, 0763629286

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 129,584,315 books! | Top bar: Always visible