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Description - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Welcome to the story of Despereaux, an unforgettable literary hero for our time from the pen of award-winning writer Kate DiCamillo. The Tale of Despereaux takes the reader back to the timeless genre of fairytales, but with a fantastic modern twist and a wryly witty authorial voice. The Tale of Despereaux is the story of a tiny, fragile-looking mouse with a huge heart. It?s a fairytale of heroes and villains; of a beautiful princess who inspires love and courage in the unlikely hero; of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in a dark, bleak dungeon and longs for the light and of a servant-girl, whose one wish is to be a princess. These characters? lives become inextricably entwined in this classic new story for all ages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780744598698
ISBN-10: 0744598699
Format: Paperback / softback
(202mm x 153mm x 19mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo - Reviewed by (28 Nov 2011)

If you were to come to reading this, the novel, after watching the movie, you would probably be very shocked. It is quite different, but similar also, in ways one can't singularly discribe. I was surprised at the American feel of the book, I oughtn't have been because Kate DiCamillo is American, but it seemed an odd thing to go along with the book.

I didn't like the book nearly as much as I thought I would, but it is still a great fairytale for modern times, though I wasn't one hundred percent in love with the ending, that I would've changed.


Author Biography - Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux and Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, both of 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, current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in the US, lives in Minneapolis.

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