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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
I am joining to boost the numbers of one star reviewers. I agree with what all of you others have written. I set out to get a new interesting book for my five year olds. Read morePublished 1 day ago by mother of twins, Atlanta
My kids love any book by Kate DiCamillo - as do I. Wonderful writing, illustrations, and quality themes. You cannot go wrong with Despereaux, or any of the other books by Ms. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Glynis
Has some sad/tragic parts for kids. Really great vocabulary words in the story for kids in 5th/6th grade to learn.Published 12 days ago by Marisella Guerrero
My rating was 4 stars.
Desperaux had his fate in this book.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. GOOD JOB FOR KATE!
I have read this book twice now and It has always surprised me with it's drama and emotion. I would recommend this book to everyone 5 stars from me!!Published 26 days ago by Paul Maney
It was an ok book. A little creepy and kind of far out for a child. My daughter is in 2nd grade,her teacher read the class this book. I thought I would read it and see how it was. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jamiey
Despereaux Tilling is a mouse, but not an ordinary one. He's the smallest of mice and he has the largest ears. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jamie W.