The tale of Despereaux [being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread]

Kate DiCamillo

Sound recording - 2003

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

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New York : Random House/Listening Library 2003.
Item Description
Unabridged recording of the book published in 2003.
Subtitle from container.
Physical Description
4 compact discs (3 hrs., 31 min.) : digital : 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Kate DiCamillo (-)
Other Authors
Graeme Malcolm (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The mouse Despereaux marches to a different drumbeat, and this tale, with allusions galore, celebrates storytelling, art, and music—the finer things in life. Weaving together three stories—Despereaux's quest to save the princess he loves, a serving girl's desire to be a princess, and a rat's mission to live in the light—DiCamillo toys with the interconnectedness and serendipity of life. The occasional "dear listener" address (rather than the book's "dear reader") makes listeners feel connected to this magnificently narrated story. In often suave tones, Malcolm delivers the serving girl's dialogue in an impeccable cockney dialect and the rat's conversations in a flawless French accent. The author communicates many philosophic truths, which are quite accessible in this audio version. The book is the recipient of the 2004 Newbery medal and the audio is an ALA Notable Children's Recordings, 2004, selection. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The rich timbre of Malcolm's voice proves an appealing invitation for listeners to follow along with this romantic and funny tale of an unlikely hero. Despereaux Tilling, a tiny mouse with very large ears, has always been a misfit among mice. But it is his quirks-which include the ability to read books and tell stories, as well as his undying love for a human princess-that lead Despereaux on a quest that culminates in a most fitting "happily ever after" ending. Malcolm's humorous interpretation of Antoinette Tilling's (Despereaux's French mother) histrionics is fine entertainment. And his Roscuro the rat character delivers slick lines with a Latin flair. With asides directed at listeners and elements of royal intrigue, innocent romance and revenge, this listening experience sometimes recalls the film The Princess Bride. But movie fans or no, listeners will find lots to enjoy here. Ages 7-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4-8-With allegorical elements such as quests for love and light, and dangerous encounters that lead to forgiveness and redemption, Kate DiCamillo's novel (Candlewick, 2003) is a multi-layered fantasy. The hero is Despereaux Tilling, a young mouse who is improbably, but deeply, in love with a very human Princess Pea. On the dark side, there's a misguided rat named Roscuro and a serving girl, Miggery Sow, who wishes to be a princess. The traumatic events that shape the lives of these four characters, and bring them all to the brink of disaster, are resolved with some gentle lessons on the power of kindness. DiCamillo creates a special intimacy with listeners by using frequent asides that draw them into the story. Narrator Graeme Malcolm heightens the text's storytelling qualities with a mix of deft accents and appropriate vocal styles. This novel's castle and its denizens are a long way from the down home folks in Because of Winn-Dixie, the author's Newbery Honor book. What remains the same is how well both stories convey the importance of caring relationships. Middle school listeners may find some of the scenarios far fetched, but they'll be inspired by the simple, believable way that good triumphs over evil. This is a solid choice for both public and school libraries.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also 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?Listeners, it is your destiny to find out.