The Tale of Despereaux

Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

Paperback, 272 pages

English language

Published April 11, 2006 by Candlewick.

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

6 editions


  • Fiction
  • Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
  • Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Mice
  • Children: Grades 4-6
  • Fairy tales
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Single Title
  • Animals - Mice Hamsters Guinea Pigs etc.
  • Action & Adventure - General
  • Fairy Tales & Folklore - General