Thorndike Press

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

  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432860399
  • ISBN-13: 9781432860394
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .90 lbs ( .41 kgs)
  • 252 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2018

About

Overview

A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
A Newbery Medal Winner

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?

Grades 2-5 | Age 7-10 | Lexile 670

Reviews

Customer Reviews

A charming story of unlikely heroes . . . This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun.

— School Library Journal (starred)

Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious.

— Booklist (starred)

The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tiger Rising here shifts gears, demonstrating her versatility while once again proving her genius for mining the universal themes of childhood. . . . I must tell you, you are in for a treat.

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

The melodramatic voice of the narrator glides through DiCamillo's entirely pleasing tale . . . And so unwinds a tale with twists and turns, full of forbidden soup and ladles, rats lusting for mouse blood, a servant who wishes to be a princess, a knight in shining— or at least furry— armor, and all the ingredients of an old-fashioned drama.

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)