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Title:
The Tale of Despereaux (MP3)
Written by:
Kate DiCamillo 
Read by:
Graeme Malcolm 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes 
MP3 size:
145 MB 
Published:
July 01 2014 
Available Date:
July 01 2014 
Age Category:
Children (7+) 
ISBN:
9781486228119 
Genres:
Fiction; Animals; Children's Fiction; Fantasy 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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Winner Newbery Award 2004

'Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul-stirring as it is delicious.' (Starred Review)
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A classic fairy tale with a modern twist.

From the award-winning author Kate DiCamillo comes 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 harbours a simple, impossible wish. These three characters 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. The Tale of Despereaux is a timeless classic fairy tale with a modern twist, full of quirky, unforgettable characters – already a modern children's classic and now brought to life in audio.

'With a masterful hand, DiCamillo weaves four story lines together in a witty, suspenseful narrative that begs to be read aloud. In her authorial asides, she hearkens back to literary traditions as old as those used by Henry Fielding. In her observations of the political machinations and follies of rodent and human societies, she reminds adult readers of George Orwell. But the unpredictable twists of plot, the fanciful characterisations, and the sweetness of tone are DiCamillo's own. This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun.'
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