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Editorial Reviews

What is it about mice? Ever since Aesop paired a little rodent with a mighty lion, mice have been the stars of literature. Stuart Little, the gallant Reepicheep of the Narnia books, the heroes of Redwall - mice all. Now comes Despereaux, and he does his fore-mice proud. This is a wistful story that is given a properly dreamlike reading by Graeme Malcolm. You can imagine him sitting by a crackling fire as he tells the tale of a misfit, sensitive mouse who falls in love with a princess and finds his place in the world.
At 3-1/2 hours long, this is the perfect listen for a family trip. It's the kind of story that parents will appreciate for the lessons it imparts - and children will cherish for its memorable adventures of a determined mouse.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These 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?
Listener, it is your destiny to find out.
©2003 Kate DiCamillo (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

Newbery Medal Winner, 2004, Most Distinguished American Children's Book
"A charming story of unlikely heroes....With a masterful hand, DiCamillo weaves four story lines together in a witty, suspenseful narrative that begs to be read aloud....This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun." (School Library Journal) "Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious." (Booklist)
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By Ann Thackerq on 07-18-08


Finally an authoress who writes for the literate child, unafraid of vocabulary and more than capable of weaving an engaging tale. The naration is flawless!!!!!!

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

By Kimberly on 02-28-04

A fabulous family adventure!

My sons, 13 & 9, and I loved this book! It kept us coming back everytime we got in the car to find out what happened next. All the key elements to make it a classic adventure - suspense, heroic deeds, damsels in distress, knights in shining armour, and evil villians. If you like stories that begin "once upon a time....", give this one a listen. The story of a mouse, a princess, soup and a spool of red thread......

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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By Stacey on 03-30-17

The Buchan School Audiobook Club

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes we would because we enjoyed the characters especially Miggery Sow!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tale of Despereaux?

Our most memorable part was banging of the mouse drum! BOOM, TAT, TAT! BOOM TAT, TAT!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

We loved the part when Despereaux met the Princess Pea.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, we were sad for Miggery Sow and the way she had been treated by her father, the cook and Roscuro.

Any additional comments?

This review was written by Theo, Grenya, Adam and Miss Newson from the Buchan School in the Isle of Man!

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By Alexina on 05-29-14

Charming and amusing story

If you could sum up The Tale of Despereaux in three words, what would they be?

Charming, touching and amusing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tale of Despereaux?

Despereaux in the dungeons.

What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

The accents were fantastic - particularly Despereaux's mother.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

A wonderfully old-fashioned tale of love and the battle between good and evil. My three children aged 11, 9 and 7 loved it along with my husband and I. A cracker!

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