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The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread  Cover Image Book Book

The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.

DiCamillo, Kate, (author.). Ering, Timothy B., (illustrator.).


This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These 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? Reader, it is your destiny to find out. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780763617226
  • ISBN: 0763617229
  • ISBN: 9780439692205
  • ISBN: 0439692202
  • Physical Description: 267 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2003.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date, and paging may vary
Formatted Contents Note:
A mouse is born -- Chiaroscuro -- Gor! The tale of Miggery Sow -- Recalled to the light.
Target Audience Note:
670L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 5 70401.
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4 5 70401.
Awards Note:
Newbery Medal Award Winner, 2004.
Subject: Mice > Juvenile fiction.
Rats > Juvenile fiction.
Princesses > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Fairy tales.
Animal fiction.

Available copies

  • 38 of 38 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Montgomery City Public.


  • 0 current holds with 38 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Montgomery City Public Library JF Dic (Text) 31927000001753 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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