The tale of Despereaux

Author DiCamillo, Kate
Language English
Publisher
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2008




Annotation:

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.



Subjects :

  • Mice Juvenile Fiction
  • Fairy Tales (Juvenile)
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Fantasy Fiction (Juvenile)
  • WPL Newbery Medal
  • Dgs
  • Mice Fiction
  • Fairy Tales
  • Zzz

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • 100 Best Books for BC Students, 2016 , Elementary
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 2004 , Ages (9 to 12)
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, 2003 , None
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2003 , Middle Reader
  • Booklist Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth, 2004 , None
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2004 , Ages (10-14)
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2004 , None
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 , None
  • Children's Literature Choice List, 2004 , Fiction (Ages 5-10)
  • Choices, 2004 , Children's Fiction
  • Fantasy for 9 to 12 Year Olds: Borrowers, Boggarts, Broomsticks and Beyond, 2004 , Extraordinary Animals
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2003 , None
  • Notable Children's Books, 2004 , Middle Reader
  • Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2004 , None
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2003 , Fiction
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 0 , None
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2003 , None

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • 3 Apples Book Award , None , 2011
  • 3 Apples Book Award , None , 2010
  • 3 Apples Book Award , None , 2012
  • Audie Award , Children's Titles(for Up to Age 8) , 2004
  • Blue Hen Book Award , Chapter Book , 2005
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award , Children's Literature , 2004
  • Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award , None , 2006
  • Cochecho Readers' Award , None , 2004
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year , Best New Audiotape , 2003
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award , None , 2005
  • Garden State Children's Book Award , Fiction , 2006
  • Golden Archer Award , Intermediate , 2005
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award , Grades 4-5 , 2005
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award , None , 2005
  • John Newbery Medal , None , 2004
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award , Grades 3-5 , 2005
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award , Young Adult , 2006
  • Listen Up Awards , Children's Spoken Word , 2003
  • Maine Student Book Award , None , 2005
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award , None , 2007
  • Minnesota Book Awards , Young Adult Literature , 2004
  • Mitten Award , None , 2003
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature , Children's Literature , 2004
  • Parents' Choice Award , Fiction , 2003
  • PEN Center USA Literary Award , None , 2004
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award , None , 2006
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award , None , 2005
  • Sequoyah Book Award , Children's Book , 2006
  • Volunteer State Book Award , Grades 4-6 , 2006
  • White Ravens Award , United States , 2004
  • Young Reader's Choice Award , Grades 4-6 , 2006

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • 3 Apples Book Award; Children's Choice 2010-2011
  • Alaska Battle of the Books; Grades 3-4 2009-2009
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award; None 2004-2005
  • Reading Olympics Booklist; Elementary 2018-2018
  • Sequoyah Book Award; Children's 2005-2005
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books; Elementary 2017-2018

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
670L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 4.8
Interest Level 3-5
Title Point Value 9

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Vocabulary
Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader Points 5

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Reviews :

Pat Tate (Carousel)
There is a lovely old-fashioned feel to this truly delightful book. The presentation is inviting and the illustrations have an almost Dickensian look. It tells the story of a brave mouse who falls in love with a Princess. When she is kidnapped by a wicked rat called Chiaroscuro, Despereaux embarks on a hazardous journey into the dungeons to rescue her. There are many elements of a traditional fairy story, but perhaps with characters who are more complex, especially Miggery Sow, a serving girl who has been abused by her father. It is scary in parts and humorous in others, and a most satisfying read which ends thus:- "Stories are light," Gregory the jailer told Despereaux. "Reader, I hope you have found light here." Category: Going Solo. Walker Books, 6.99.
(PUBLISHER: 272pp 6.99 pbk., PUBLISHED: Walker)

Geoff Fox (BooksForKeeps)
Where 'Reader, I married him' may feel as conclusive as Conclusions get, DiCamillo's frequent addresses to her Reader are very much part of a continuing narrative. Maybe this will give the flavour: 'Again, Reader, we must go backwards before we can go forwards. With that said, here begins a short history of the life and times of Miggery Sow...' DiCamillo's voice is at once confiding and decorous, for hers is a tale of love, of gallantry, and of betrayal; except our hero is a mouse with big ears and unconventional attitudes and the Princess he adores is named Pea. So, for all the 'Book the Fourths' and chapter titles like 'Perfidy Unlimited' and 'to the dungeon', we are caught up in a wonderfully sustained mock-heroic adventure. The dungeon in question is the domain of some splendidly wicked rats, notably Chiaroscuro and the magnificent Botticelli Remorso, as villainous as Russell Hoban's Manny Rat and as loquacious as E B White's Templeton. DiCamllo's rodents are constantly searching not only for a mouse supper, but for a Larger Truth. It would be a treachery to reveal the plot; suffice it to say that it is peopled by Princess Pea, a guitar-strumming King, a Cook boiling up an illicit soup (soup is Off, by royal decree), a melancholy jailer named Gregory, a council of ageing and timorous mice and a galumph of a serving girl, the aforementioned Miggery Sow. And, of course, Despereaux of the large ears. Timothy Basil Ering's muted grey illustrations (decorations, if you will) marry with the tale - there are echoes of Steadman or Scarfe, without the savage edge. As with so many children's texts originating in the States, there's a sense that the design of the whole book has been thought through with attention and pride. Walker Books, not unnaturally, are pleased to tell us that the author's recent Because of Winn-Dixie has sold 200,000 copies in hardback alone. The Tale of Despereaux might well do likewise. That intimate yet formal, witty narrative voice invites adult enjoyment too, and Despereaux would read aloud very well indeed, for all its generous length. It's different and it's a delight. Category: 10-14 Middle/Secondary. Rating: ***** (Unmissable). ...., Walker, 272pp, 6.99 pbk. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: 272pp 6.99 pbk., PUBLISHED: Walker)

Recorded Books (RecordedBooks)
Fans of her Newbery Honor Book Because of Winn-Dixie will love DiCamillo s Newbery Medal Winner, The Tale of Despereaux. Despereaux Tilling is a mouse--but he s not like all the other mice. He s a romantic at heart, and he s in love with Princess Pea. That love gets him sent to the rat-filled dungeon. Despereaux eventually meets two kindred spirits, a rat and a peasant girl, who all yearn for what they are told they can t have. n.d., Listening Library, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 22432, $38.75.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Three cassettes 3.5 hrs. Trade Ed. $25.00., PUBLISHED: 2003)

Adrienne Furness (AudioFile)
Despereaux is a mouse who reads stories about knights, loves music, falls in love with a princess, and is sentenced to death for communicating with humans. Graeme Malcolm gives a formal, unembellished reading of the text. In some ways, this fits a story that feels like a fairy tale, and, in other ways, it does little to enliven a story that is somewhat slow paced. Malcolm's voices for the scheming rat Roscuro and the bumbling Miggery Sow are inventive, but his narration doesn't pull any suspense or tension out of the lengthy exposition and flashbacks. There are also many instances of deliberate authorial intrusion that don't work as well in audio as they do on the page. An uneven production. A.F. Winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2003, Listening Library, Three cassettes, 3.5 hrs., Trade Ed., $25.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Three cassettes 3.5 hrs. Trade Ed. $25.00., PUBLISHED: 2003)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2008

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Release date supplied by publisher.
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Previously released by Random House Inc. p2003.
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Listening Library, 2003

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