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The Tale of Despereaux (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Kate Dicamillo, Timothy B Ering (Illustrator)

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Title:The Tale of Despereaux
Authors:Kate Dicamillo
Other authors:Timothy B Ering (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (2003), Paperback, 269 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Newbery medal, medieval setting

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (2003)

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Fantasy-Science Fiction novel discussion.
  mefellers | Jul 23, 2015 |
Despereaux, a mouse who is loves with music, stories, and is in love with a princess named Pea. This book also talks about a rat called Roscuro who lives in the darkness and wants nothing more than a life filled with light. This is also a story of Miggery Sow, a serving girl who harbors an impossible wish.

Personal: I read this book when I was younger I loved every second of it. Even though the content can be a little confusing with three plots going on it is a great read.

Extension: Have the children come up with a story involving an animal and an adventure. Then have them share their stories with the class.
  M_Graham | Jul 13, 2015 |
I just can't get enough of children's and YA books these days. And this one was wonderful!

Despereaux Tilling is a mouse, born too small with ears too large and he has the sniffles, and he just can't keep his mind on the important mouse-kind mission of finding crumbs. Instead, he has the heart of a knight, is entranced by a story of "once upon a time," and soon finds a maiden trapped in a dungeon whom he honors with every fiber of his little mouse body, mind, and soul.

A great book to read, chapter by chapter as a multi-night bedtime story, to little ones who will be enthralled by Despereaux and also by DiCamillo's willingness to talk directly to them like the fully sentient and comprehending human beings they are. And for the taller folk, it's just a downright lovely tale. ( )
  Phyllis.Mann | Jul 13, 2015 |
It was okay. Instead of the mice, I wish they used different animals. The character's names are great. ( )
  Moodido | Jun 13, 2015 |
This book is about a young mouse named Despereaux whose ears are way over sized and has something wrong with it, a princess named Pea, a rat, and a poor girl. Right before Despereaux was born a rat was out of the deep,dark, dungeons and was in a party with princess Pea and he was hiding on a chandaleir when he fell into soup. Soup was the queen's favorite meal and since it was, she died. When the queen died princess Pea gave the rat such a terrible way that his heart broke. And a few days after the queen's death Despereaux was born and went upstairs and fell in love with the princess Pea. But his brother saw him doing this and told his father and this mad him go to the dungeons. But while this was happening the rat was making a plan with the poor girl on trapping the princess Pea in the dungeons forever! Despereaux must then become brave and strong and save the princess from the rat's plans. can he make it?

I liked this book because it kept on going back in time and showing all of the things that happened before despereaux was alive. But one thing i didn't like about this book is that the book kept on staying on one subject and I wish it would move in faster.
  EmmaS91 | May 25, 2015 |
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This funny, original story brings four different strands into a narrative whole, with well-developed fairytale characters. There's Despereaux, the heroic young mouse who would rather read books than gnaw them; Chiaroscuro, a rat living in a dark dungeon, who aspires to a life filled with light; Miggery Sow, a serving girl who longs to be a princess; and, of course, the princess herself, who looks and acts just like the princesses in Despereaux's beloved book of fairytales.
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Kate DiCamilloprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
DiCamillo, Katemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ering, Timothy BasilIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story.
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For Luke, who asked for the story of an unlikely hero
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This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse.
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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.
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I enjoyed the book. I think it would be a good book to read with young children ages 9 and up. The story skips around a lot. Children may benefit from keeping a timeline of events as they read the story, and they will see how it all comes together. I think the idea of forgiveness is major theme of the book, and can be used to help children connect with the concept of forgiveness and what that means to them.
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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

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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.

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