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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 name is Emma and I'm in 2nd grade. A little mouse named Despereaux was born very tiny. His ears were humongous and his eyes were open. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christine M. Weiss
Exactly what it was supposed to be. Ordered for my daughter, and she was happy!Published 4 days ago by Lynn
A good story for children as a bed time story and to encourage them to read themselvesPublished 11 days ago by Maritza M. Ottier
My daughter is a senior in highschool now but this book was her favorite for YEARS! I read it to her at first and she would pour over the pictures on her own. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cynthia L. Waldron
This is the best book ever I don't really . Like . Too read but I loved this book and never got bored with outPublished 19 days ago by Zoe Thistlethwaite
This is a wonderful book! My son and I read it together. I love the way the author speaks to the reader throughout the book. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Michaela Wiseman