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Tale of Despereaux

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 464 Ratings and 464 Reviews

Book Description
Tale of Despereaux was written by Kate DiCamillo. Tale of Despereaux was published by Candlewick Press.
Book Information
PublisherCandlewick Press
BindingHardcover (53 editions)
Reading LevelUncategorized
# of PagesN/A
Publication Date/2003
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The Creators
About Kate DiCamillo (Author) : Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo (born March 25, 1964) is an American children's author. She is known for her award-winning children's books including Because of Winn-Dixie, adapted into film in 2005, The ... more
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Reader Comments
7/1/2010 Sheri Radford tagged as: I recommend

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4/27/2010 Mary Sandford said: Wonderful! No surprise it won the Newbery, but a bit of a surprise that the constant narrative to Reader worked so well.
tags: I recommend

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1/25/2010 Annette K

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11/24/2009 Cole Rush

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11/17/2009 jacklyn curb said:
This is the story is of a little mouse that does not live by the rules of the other mice, and finds great adventure. The little mouse’s name certainly does not sound like a brave, adventure seeking hero’s name, but that is the way it is supposed to be. DiCamillo talks directly to the reader at t... more

tags: 4 year old loved it, I recommend, I read

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10/10/2009 Nicole Acomb said: This story was so cute! I loved how the author spoke to the reader, and the lesson about consequences was cleverly intergraded into the story. I was a little surprised/confused with the large size of the font, paired with the short chapters, but very long length of the book (almost 300 pages).
tags: I read

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6/30/2009 Nicole Downing tagged as: I read

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6/23/2009 julia b tagged as: I read

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6/9/2009 Kelly Burstow said: Wonderfully written. My children loved me reading this book to them. I love reading it to them too! Great book to read aloud.

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5/16/2009 CORINTHIA JONES tagged as: I read

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5/12/2009 Debbie Williamson said: I love Kate DiCamillo and Despereaux is charming..
tags: I recommend

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4/26/2009 SJ Kessel said:
DiCamillo, K. (2003). The Tale of Despereaux. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. 9780763625290 The Tale of Despereaux plays with both story structure and time to tell the tale of how an outsider and small mouse can save a human princess from a rat and misguided servant girl. The book, a Ne... more

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2/28/2009 Karen Chilton tagged as: I recommend

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2/17/2009 Harold Clark said: A great story by one of my favorite authors. An unlikely hero with big ears.
tags: I recommend

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12/23/2008 Ali B said: 167714
tags: newbery, juvenile

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12/22/2008 Cathy Voelker tagged as: I read

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12/10/2008 Jonathan Wilson

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12/2/2008 Sara Joiner tagged as: I recommend

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9/25/2008 celia Leary said: Beautiful illustrations and writing.
tags: I recommend, I read

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9/8/2008 k. stokes smith tagged as: I'm reading

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4/27/2008 Atthys Gage said: Winn Dixie was good, but Despereaux was tremendous.
tags: I recommend

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4/10/2008 Naomi Hawkins Rowe said: A superb book that is beautifully written and original. I only wish I had written it.
tags: Read it - it will make you want to be a better writer

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3/17/2008 Tracy Wymer tagged as: I recommend, I read

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3/9/2008 Blake Hoena tagged as: I read

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12/19/2007 jama rattigan tagged as: I recommend, Inspired me, I read

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8/21/2007 Becky Laney tagged as: challengetitles

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4/20/2007 Little Willow tagged as: I Read

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4/7/2007 j p said:
Spend enough time with this book and the narrative may start to grate on your nerves; however, DiCamillo's mimicing of fairy tale narrative is effective and inspiring to the right reader as I found out first hand. The main characters are dynamic and actually fall outside the realm of a normal fairy... more

tags: Inspired me, I recommend, I read

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1/11/2007 Tracy O'Daniel

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