The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of ThreadBy Kate DiCamillo
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- Author: Kate DiCamillo
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Candlewick
- Published: 2003-08-25
- Edition: Illustrated
Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? This is a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic children’s books and bookmaking traditions. The author of 'Because of Winn-Dixie' enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.