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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

    Apr 2006, 272 pages


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This book wasn't the best and not the worst. I read it for a book project and I was able to do my pjoject on it.

It was kinda pathetic. What does soup have to do with the price of eggs? It was really short too. She needed a better foundation on the story and the book was kinda predictable and I don't like those type of books.
Grabow De-Jordenae

Oh my gosh
What a horrible book. It is like I am in a time machine and am back to second grade. It bored me to sleep and it is a total wast of time to read. Not to mention the book is not even on spark notes and cliff notes.

I totally love this book! it is sad,funny,exciting and informational all at one time. my favorite character is the Princess Pee!
Rachel Graham

Insulting to 600,000 at risk children
I feel the Newberry committee deserves to be scolded on their choice of “The tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, a Newberry medal winner; a child is abused and abandoned is not interesting enough the author felt the child should be slow-witted, fat and lazy as well. How dare the author make light of a child who is gratuitously scolded, beaten and abandoned. It added nothing to the story other than showing she had a “ridiculous wish” this author should be ashamed of herself.

A child who has faced abandonment, abuse and injury deserves to have a wish and not thought of as “ridiculous.”

I feel this author is un-kind and insulting to the 600,000 at-risk children in this country who dream of a day of safety. Are their dreams of a home and family “ridiculous”?
Amber D

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Hi Kassandra,

The best way to contact an author, if they don't have a website listed, is to write to them c/o their publisher. In this case you would send it to:

Kate DiCamillo c/o
Candlewick Press, Inc.
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
FAX: (617) 661-0565

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