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The Tale of Despereaux

Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

by Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Ering

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Ering
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    Aug 2003, 272 pages
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    Apr 2006, 272 pages

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The last few years have been golden for Kate DiCamillo, and rightly so.  Her run of success started with Because of Winn Dixie in 2000, followed by the not so successful, The Tiger Rising. The came The Tale of Despereaux in 2003, Mercy Watson To The Rescue in 2005 and the very wonderful, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in 2006.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Clermont, Florida, and currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She says that "I hate to cook and love to eat. I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children (Luke, Roxanne, and Max) and one not so lovely dog (Henry)."

Tim Ering illustrated Despereaux. His artwork has appeared in books, magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries. The invariably paint-splattered artist lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts. You can read more about him at BookBrowse.

This article relates to The Tale of Despereaux. It first ran in the April 20, 2006 issue of BookBrowse Recommends.

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