Kate DiCamillo She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Clermont, Florida, and currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota She writes for both children and adults She is single and has no children But she has three nieces and nephews She has also written “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Great Joy,” and “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”Kate website
characters Despereaux, Chiaroscuro, Miggary Sow, King Phillip, Queen, Princess Pea, Gregory the jailor, Mouse council, Antoinette the mother, Merlot the sister, Furlough the brother, Aunt Flaurence, Uncle Alfred, Father Lester
Beginning In the beginning of the book a tiny mouse is born in a castle. He has very large ears and his eyes were wide open when he was born. He was the last to be born out of 8 mice, he was a disappointment to his family. Unlike the other mice, he doesnt scurry, isnt afraid of humans, and reads books instead of eating them. One day, following the sound of music, he comes across the king and his daughter, Princess Pea. He falls in love with the princess and speaks to her. His brother, Furlough, sees this and reports it to the other mice. They call together the mouse council, which sentences Despereaux to be sent to the dungeon, where in time, he will be killed by the rats. In the dungeon he meets Gregory, the jailer, who saves him from the rats.
Ending of the Story Princess Pea goes missing, no one can find her. They look in the dungeon but instead find Gregory dead from darkness. Desperaux knows that Pea is in the dungeon. The king does not believe him. Desperaux goes back to the mice and his dad forgives him. They all go looking for Pea. And then in the end they find her. Despereaux and Pea become close friends. Roscuro is allowed access into the upstairs of the castle, and reunites the freed dungeon prisoner with his daughter, Mig, who is seen as a princess by him. Roscuro, Mig, the King, Pea, and Despereaux all join together for soup, as the mice watch in amazement.