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The Tale of Despereaux

By Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning tale.

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. With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.

  • Kate DiCamillo s middle-grade backlist is being reissued with a vibrant new look.
  • The Newbery Medal-winning modern fantasy classic.
  • In addition to winning the Newbery, The Tale of Despereaux was a New York Times best-seller and received three starred reviews as well as a Parents Choice Awards Silver Honor and many other awards.

About the author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, which received a Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis, USA.

About the illustrator

In addition to illustrating The Tale of Despereaux, Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson and Finn Throws a Fit by David Elliott, and the acclaimed author-illustrator of The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, Necks Out for Adventure! and The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger. He lives in the USA in Kingston, Massachusetts, with his wife and sons.

Awards

2005: Gateshead Children's Book Award

Gateshead Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

2004: West Sussex Children's Book Award

West Sussex Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9780763680893
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Dimensions: 130 x 193mm, 288pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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