The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo 2003 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Kate DiCamillo
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press, Cambridge, 2003
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket

First edition, first printing. The 2004 Newbery Medal winner. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Pictorial  red boards. Bottom edge rubbed. Previous owner’s gift inscription on half-title page. Binding tight, interior fine. A VG copy in a NF DJ.

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. 
With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.

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