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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kate DiCamillo

Narrated By: Graeme Malcolm

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: August 2003

Duration: 3 hours 32 minutes


Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!
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. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.
From the master storyteller who brought us BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic children's books and bookmaking traditions.
The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.


  • Foovius Foo

    Another great children's book that our 5 and 10 yr olds could both enjoy on a long car trip--and the parents likewise. Excellent story, well-read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This is my fav book but, the big ears is just rude.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.