The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo [FIRST EDITION] 2003 • Candlewick Press

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering


9th printing / 2003.  

Hardcover with dust jacket in excellent condition.   Light shelf wear; dust jacket now housed in a new archival quality jacket protector.   Tiny green stain to top of text block [see photos] - otherwise mint. 

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.