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Tale of Despereaux, The

Tale of Despereaux, The

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
7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 6
Grade Level Equivalent
4.7
Lexile Measure
670L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Publisher
CAW - CANDLEWICK
Genre
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag 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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