Read Steve's conversation with Despereaux author Kate DiCamillo on his blog. Click here.
Once upon a mouse named Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread
-- and now, immortalized as this endearing bookend. On one side is a passage from author Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning and near-classic tale (tail?). On the bottom is a coda from Kate that she has signed. Fashioned from resin with a bronze finish, our mighty little mouse will uphold your tales and tomes with its hefty weight.
A truncated tale of Despereaux’s tail
Despereaux, a tiny mouse with too-big ears, falls desperately in love with the princess whose castle he lives in. One day, while cornered, he gets his tail trimmed by the castle’s cook. When Despereaux learns that the princess has been kidnapped and is being held in the dungeon, he vows to rescue her. With a spool of red thread for his armor and a needle as his sword, he dashes off to save her. Our bookend captures Despereaux in his passionate act of chivalry.
- Left-facing side shows Despereaux’s spool of red thread as he brandishes his “sword” (a needle)
Right-facing side features an excerpt from the book, as Despereaux rushes to rescue the princess: “I have to find my way to her, wherever she is hidden, and then I have to lead her back out again, and the only way to do that is with the thread. I am on a quest.” The word felt good and right in his mouth. Quest. So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.”
Bottom features a message from Kate: “Reader, I hope you find some light here.” On Steve's blog, Kate explains what she means by this. Click here
The artwork on the back and base are reproductions of the original art by Timothy Basil Ering
4 protective rubber feet on the bottom
6 1/4W x 4 1/2D x 6 1/4H
THIS BOOKEND IS NOT A TOY.