The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

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This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These 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.

And wha...more
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Published April 12th 2005 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2003)
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Claire Greene
Apr 30, 2008 Claire Greene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!
I picked this book up on a whim in the Barnes & Noble because I liked the look of the cover and the jagged edges of the paper that gave it a "classic" feel. I was looking for a new bedtime book to read to my children - 2 and 6 at the time. We like to read a bigger book, one chapter each night - for bedtime stories. I read the description and thought it sounded like a good idea so I went ahead and bought it (which is REALLY unusual for me - I can be a cheapskate!) It is by far some of the bes...more
Camille
OK, so now that I've thought about what I really think about this book, I'm changing my rating from 3 stars to 2 stars. There was more that I didn't like than I liked. After hearing a lot good reports about this book, I think I was expecting something different. I liked the idea of the light versus dark. I liked the unlikely friendship between the mouse and the princess. I liked the forgiveness. And I liked that it ended up "happily ever after", for the most part.

I started out reading this book...more
jzhunagev
Apr 10, 2011 jzhunagev rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids at heart!
Recommended to jzhunagev by: the "Voice"
Seeing the Light
(A Book Review of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Desperaux)


Despereaux Tilling is the most unusual mouse you’lll likely meet. Conspicously small with considerable large ears, he has always been seen as different, an outsider among his own — a mouse drawn to music, fascinated with stories, and breaks the strict rule of their kind by falling in love with a human, the Princess Pea.

Roscuro leads a normal, rotten rat life in the dungeon, his is a world of utter darkness. Until one day, w...more
Kelly
Absolutely enchanting. Full of compassion, sweetness and dreamers, with exquisite word choice and delicate rhythms. The narrator's voice is like a comforting but sharply intelligent grandmother, pushing you to both see and feel with the best of yourself. I started to read this this this morning for work purposes, I finished it because I couldn't put it down.
Helvry Sinaga
Buku ini saya beli karena covernya mencuri perhatian saya di toko buku. Lama sudah nongkrong di rak buku, akhirnya saya baca karena pingin bacaan yang lebih ringan dan bisa lekas diselesaikan.

Apa yang dikatakan oleh Anthony de Mello, SJ bahwa orang dapat menolak nasihat, tetapi tidak bisa menolak cerita, itu terbukti. Cerita tentang kastil dan kehidupannya. Tentang tikus kastil, keluarga dan komunitas tikus kastil, Raja Philip dan keluarganya, komunitas tikus got, serta sipir dan tahanan bawah t...more
Gloria
Jul 27, 2008 Gloria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older children, younger teens
Recommended to Gloria by: Teacher
Shelves: young-adult
This book left me with the feeling that this story may not appeal to all readers. There were several important themes addressed in the story, yet little emotional attachment to the characters. The only character that many might relate to is Despereaux himself. He is ‘different’ both physically and emotionally from his peers which at first mostly works against him, though ultimately these unique qualities eventually save the day.

I did really appreciate the way this author drew in the reader in a...more
nicole
A perfect combination of sweet and dark. Or light and dark, would be a more fitting description, I suppose. And by that I don't just mean that there were good deeds and bad deeds, right and wrong and everyone learned a lesson. Everyone didn't learn a lesson and some people/rats/mice were bad, cowardly, or just plain stupid. This is nothing like Roald Dahl, but they share a quality that I very much appreciate, particularly in children's lit: they let you dislike the unlikeable. Everyone is not ni...more
Qt
I listened to the story on tape--the reading undoubtedly added to my enjoyment and appreciation of it.
Jon
May 30, 2008 Jon rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who appreciate overwrought children's books.
Some children's books are wonderfully odd. Others are just odd.

The story of Desperaux (a mouse who doesn't just want to be a mouse) is told through the eyes of several different characters. As the stories weave in an out of each other, they draw closer together until the predictably improbably ending.

Unfortunately, the characters in the world of Desperaux are all two dimensional; we are repeatedly told how bad the bad guys/rats are, and how good the good guys/mice are, and how clumsy a clumsy...more
Suzanne
Dec 18, 2008 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roald Dahl fans
Recommended to Suzanne by: Laura Forde
I saw the upcoming movie previews and thought I should read the book. This edition is a slim volume with ragged edged paper and lovely charcoal illlustrations.
It certainly is an original work. Young Despereaux is the youngest mouse, born of a french mouse mother and father. He is the runt, small and undersized with big ears. He was born with his "eyes wide open". These ears allow him to hear things other mice don't hear and his eyes observes things other mice don't see. Thus the adventure beg...more
Monique

Two words to describe The Tale of Despereaux : sweet and heartwarming. In fact, if I were to give it another title, I'd call it A Little Mouse in Shining Armor. ;)

The Tale of Despereaux is the combined stories of three unique characters. Despereaux Tilling is born small, but with huge ears. He is, however, no ordinary mouse, for he can read, he loves stories and music, and he eventually falls in love with pretty Princess Pea. Chiaroscuro, or Roscuro, is a rat who lives in the dungeon, but w...more
Malbadeen
Aug 18, 2008 Malbadeen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Malbadeen by: Sarah
I love this book! I love, love, love this book! Which is something, because I don't typically love, love, love books and most certainly not books about mice. And I'm not a big reader of fantasy/fairy tales But this book: this book I LOVE!
I read the first few chapters of this book several times before actually reading it. I'd see it in the library (where I work) or at home (waiting to be read) or in a teachers classroom and I always felt compelled to re-read the beginning purely for the enjoyment...more
Rina
A talking mouse falls in love with a beautiful princess, and, armed with only a needle, vows to rescue her from the clutches of an evil rat and a dull servant-girl. Admittedly, it sounds a bit (okay, very) trite. That was my mindset too, even after the librarian had gushed on and on about what a wonderful book it was (did she think I was going to read some LITTLE KIDS' fairytale?).

But two years ago, I was waiting backstage during a piano concert, bored out of my mind, when I found The Tale of De...more
Nafiza
If somebody had tried to tell me a month ago that one of my favourite books read in 2012 would have a little mouse as its protagonist, I would have laughed. I am not big on anthropomorphic characters. I mean, except cats that appear as characters. Those I love but mice and other talking things? Yeah, no, not my thing at all. However, Despereaux calls to mind something warm, something soft, defenseless. Like one of those pictures of kittens that are so plentiful on tumblr. How do you resist?

Anywa...more
TL
A cute, charming, and heartwarming tale:)

I really enjoyed this little mouse with a big heart, had a smile on my face the whole time. You root for him the whole time, and even his rat 'nemesis' Roscuro.

Nothing is simplified in the story really, everyone has layers and you can understand where their coming from, even the rats.

The writing style is very engaging, Miss DiCamillo does a wonderful job of drawing you into the story. .. at times ot seems she and the characters are popping up out of the p...more
Nessa
A award winning book about a mouse, a love, a rat, and some soup.
Stephanie
Apr 22, 2009 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: Suzette Bradford

Despereaux is a mouse, one of many in the castle, but he is different from the others. He was born with his eyes open (shocking!), his ears are too big (scandalous!) and he likes to read (unheard of!). Worse, he has fallen in love with Princess Pea and has even spoken to her. This is enough to get him banished to the dungeon where the evil rats dwell. This sets in motion a chain of events that will require Despereaux to be as brave as the knights he has read so much about in order to save the lo

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Miguel
This is the BEST BOOK EVER! This book is awesome because I learned to be brave. I also liked The Tale Of Despereaux because it has the rule of three. Another way I liked this book is because the author talks to me.

I learned to be brave because Despereaux, the mouse, saved Pea, a princess. I know it's weird for a mouse to save a princess but they were best friends and you don't just leave a friend behind. I also learned to be brave because Roscuro, a rat, went to light. Roscuro did that because...more
Livvy
This book is cute, shorty and snappy. It’s really not my usual type of book and I’m definitely not the age group this book is directed at! Still, it was enjoyable nevertheless. And how can you not love this cute little mouse…?

“He was ridiculously small. His ears were obscenely large. He had been born with his eyes open. And he was sickly. He coughed and sneezed so often that he carried a handkerchief in one paw at all times. He ran temperatures. He fainted at loud noises. Most alarming of all,...more
Weni
Pelajaran yang bisa diambil dari buku ini:
- Jangan mengatakan pada anak bahwa dia mengecewakan, hanya karena dia berbeda dari anak lainnya, seperti yang terjadi pada Despereaux.
- Jangan melakukan atau mengatakan hal2 yang menyakitkan hati orang lain, karena kita tidak tau dengan cara apa hatinya akan menyembuhkan diri, seperti yang terjadi pada Roscuro.
- Dengarkan dan pedulikan apa keinginan anak, jika tidak ingin anak kita tumbuh seperti Miggery.
- Bahwa kehilangan seseorang yang dicintai bisa m...more
Beth
Confession: I finished this book in one day. Why could I read so quickly? Definitely not because of my speed-reading capabilities! It’s because, despite being nearly 300 pages, it is short. :-)

I wouldn’t say it’s a truly compelling read (though it did win the Newbery Award), but it held my attention even if it truly was a book written for children. I read a lot of children’s and young adult books, but plenty of them are meaty enough that I don’t feel sheepish saying I've read them. This one … we...more
Kate Nothem
What a charming little story! I had seen the movie a few years back and fell in love with Despereaux. I have to say that the movie had more of his character than in the book; however, all of the core elements and story line were the same. Major themes include light vs dark, courage and bravery, honesty vs perfidy. This story has all the elements that make a good book: true love, a princess and a knight, truly evil bad guys, a seemingly impossible quest and of course, a happy ending. I will defin...more
Harun Harahap
”Tahukah dua hal yang berciri-ciri indah, kuat dan konyol?”

cinta dan maaf.

Dua ekor tikus yang berbeda perangai dibandingkan dengan tikus-tikus lainnya akan mengantarkan kita pada jawaban di atas.

Teruskanlah cerita ini, karena cerita ibarat cahaya. Dan bukankah kita memerlukan cahaya untuk menerangi dunia yang gelap ini.
Dimitris Hall


I was thinking the other day: what would you do if you had a negative (and I mean really negative) opinion on a book but by chance happened to come across its author? What would you tell them if they asked you what you thought about their book?

Without the luxury of the internet or reviews or all the other ways we have of expressing a negative opinion on things without having to come into direct contact with their creator, we tend to be more insensitive with our criticism. The medium is the mess...more
Andrea
Yes, this book is a perfect Newberry winner.

Yes, I thought this was a good book. That is not to say, I always thought it was a real pleasure to read. I didn't. The darkness of the dungeons and of the stair and the life of Miggery Sow were not things I wanted to explore, and I didn't often come to this book wanting to delve back in.

I read this book to my kids, and the darkness was really rather dark. I was always surprised the darkness wasn't as dark to them as it was to me. Or, perhaps it was,...more
i am sorry for not being the girl you want andnot
today is the first day i got this book.i am on page 45.
i like reading this book because it talks about a mouse and how he starts to wonder around a castle he lived in with hes sister and brothers .on chapter one it talkes about a mouse who was born whos name was despereux the reason hes name is that is because his mom had some babbeys and evry time she had them they had died expects this one so the reason why she named him that is because she said she fells depressd and she thougth that the babe...more
Annalisa
Dec 22, 2008 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Alexis
Shelves: movies, childrens, cover
Another story my daughter couldn't wait to read to me because she loved it so much. What a strange quirky story, but I have to say I liked it. What I liked most about the story (other than the appearance of gnawed of pages) is the author's questions to the reader and her humorous side commentary about life and literary devices. The story can be dark at times and this livens it up. The writing is utterly charming.

Desperaux is an unusual mouse. Instead of eating the edges of books and skirting aro...more
Sharon
Kate DiCamillo's unlikely hero, a tiny mouse with big ears, makes a charming protagonist.

Despereaux Tilling, the aforementioned mouse, is fascinating by music, the Princess Pea, and humans -- all things that mice are supposed to avoid. The iconoclastic little mouse sets himself up for a great deal of adventure (and some misadventures) as a result.

Throw in Roscuro, a rat who serves as Despereaux's foil -- but who is also more complex than his fellows -- an upset servant girl, and a law against so...more
Miguel
Não é sigilo para ninguém que sou um grande apreciador de histórias infantis. Portanto, não poderia continuar ignorante em relação ao livro que fez furor nos Estados Unidos da América, mantendo-se no topo de vendas durante mais de noventa semanas.
Já era conhecedor desta história; visionei o filme quando era mais novo. De facto, não li este livro quando a idade o deveria ditar, mas por que não rever a inocência enquanto a pele se enruga?
Presumivelmente, não fruí da expectativa própria da leitura,...more
Mallory Tabler
This book was one of the best books i have read to date, that is why i just finished reading it for the second time. This book is about a little mouse who is in love with a princess. But they are seperated when Despereaux is sent to the dungeon. This book is so touching because one stong love is enough to rescue her and risk his life to do it. It has taught me to work hard for what you love even when another wall hits you, you push harder and don't stop. Also it has taught me that your apperance...more
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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