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The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

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? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 6
Grade Level Equivalent
4.7
Lexile Measure
670L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Number of Pages
272
Genre
Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

About the Author and Illustrator

Kate DiCamillo Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo wrote her first book, Because of Winn-Dixie , because she was homesick for Florida, where she grew up. She discovers, rather than creates, her very lifelike characters.
Timothy Basil Ering

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