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The first book of four tells Despereaux's sad story, where he falls deeply in love with Princess Pea and meets his cruel fate. The second book introduces another creature who differs from his peers--Chiaroscuro, a rat who instead of loving the darkness of his home in the dungeon, loves the light so much he ends up in the castle in the queen's soup. The third book describes young Miggery Sow, a girl who has been "clouted" so many times that she has cauliflower ears. Still, all the slow-witted, hard-of-hearing Mig dreams of is wearing the crown of Princess Pea. The fourth book returns to the dungeon-bound Despereaux and connects the lives of mouse, rat, girl, and princess in a dramatic denouement.
Children whose hopes and dreams burn secretly within their hearts will relate to this cast of outsiders who desire what is said to be out of their reach and dare to break "never-to-be-broken rules of conduct." Timothy Basil Ering's pencil illustrations are stunning, reflecting DiCamillo's extensive light and darkness imagery as well as the sweet, fragile nature of the tiny mouse hero who lives happily ever after. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My 7 and 9 year old sons loved this audiobook. A rare combination of a well written story and a gifted narrator.Published on June 16 2010 by Amazon Customer
Written in a tradition fairy tale manner this is the story of four characters, two good and two evil (or shall we say mislead). Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2009 by Nicola Mansfield
I love mice (not rats) is well because...they are the "goodbeasts" and heroes from my favorite books like the "Redwall" series by Brian Jacques (my favorite author), and also "Mrs... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2008 by Frances L. Arsenault
I loved this little tale, which on the surface, is about a mouse with aspirations. What it is really about is hope. Read morePublished on July 2 2007 by Marsha S
Despereaux is a fairy tale. The unlikely knight sets off on a quest to save the princess from sympathetic antagonists. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2007 by Miss M's class
This book is a thrilling tale, full mysterious happenings. It's filled with dungeons, a castle with adventures, and stories all about . . . a mouse. Read morePublished on June 21 2006 by A grade 4 student
I have read this book twice now to two classes of 6 and 7 year old children. Actually the 6 year olds in the first year begged me to read it to them again in the second year. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2006 by Jane Curry