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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

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
Tags:Newbery medal, medieval setting

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (2003)

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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 |
Read my review of the audiobook version of this 2004 Newbery Medalist (a dark, fairy tale reminiscent fantasy that I did not like) at http://newberryproject.blogspot.com/2007/08/despereaux-despair.html.
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
I recently read, "The Tale of Despereaux," by Kate DiCamillo. I enjoyed the book. First, I liked that the story had multiple perspectives. As a reader, I was able to determine other character's feelings based off what the character directly said, instead of hearing their emotions through the main character. Secondly, I liked how the author asked questions throughout the story. An example from the story is when she says, "Reader, do you know what this means?" This technique helped me stay interested in the story. Lastly, I liked the main idea of the story. The main idea was good versus evil. I liked the main idea because it was easily relatable. For example, the author would refer to "good" as "light", and she would refer to "evil" as "dark." ( )
  NicoleGinex | May 4, 2015 |
I love this book! This was the 2nd chapter book I read as a child that I actually loved, and finished. This is the story of a small mouse, Despereaux, who has a huge task of rescuing a human princess. What is very interesting about this book is that it has books within the book! The different books, or stories, within this book, are told from 4 different view points: Book I covers Despereaux’s background and origins, while Book II is told from the point of Roscuro-an evil rat with a shadowed past. Book III is told by Miggery Sow, a servant girl who is sold by her father for a handful of cigarettes, a red tablecloth, and a hen. All of the books are set years apart, building to conclude Book IV. It is a very interesting and very engaging approach to writing a children's chapter book. I know that as a child, it really kept me engaged to be able to read each point of view. The main character, Despereaux, is a relatable character because he is the underdog set out to accomplish a big task, which many children, and people in general can relate to. The main message of this book is to never give up trying. I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  CRoss13 | Apr 30, 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.
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.
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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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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