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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
Wonderful story of good v. evil, perseverance, bravery. Used it with my 4th graders and although they were a little slow to get into it, they became captivated by Book 4! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chicago Mom
I haven't read this book myself, but my 9 year old son loves it and has read it over and over.Published 7 days ago by Carbon Foot
I regret buying this. I am under the impression the author, talented though she is, was highly influenced by Edgar Allen Poe. Read morePublished 12 days ago by NurseG
Love Kate DiCamillo. This was an interesting spin on the traditional fairytale storylinePublished 25 days ago by Dana
Very exciting and engaging read. Fun light read, but deep philosophical, themesPublished 1 month ago by Gideon Gyabaah