New York Toronto London Sydney Auckland Mexico City etc. Scholastic, Inc, 2004. Timothy Basil Ering. First Scholastic Edition, Third Printing. Cloth and boards. INSCRIBED impressively "Dedicated to the best girl in the world..." by the Author on the front free endpaper, tall 8vo, black backstrip with gold (& red) lettering and mottled reddish pictorial boards with framed oval portrait of Despereaux, illustrated with 8 B&W full-page plates drawn by Timothy Basil Ering, archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with colorful drawing of Despereaux by the illustrator Ering, blue-gray decorative endpapers, 267, [268-272] publisher's rough-cut pages. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #7789
Newberry Award Winner. A modern classic tale about a mouse, Despereaux Tilling, who loves music, stories, and a princess named "Pea"; a rat named "Roscuro" who desperately wants to live in the light; and a dim-witted serving girl named "Maggery Sow," who has only one wish. They set forth on a journey that unites them.
INSCRIBED by Kate DiCamillo (aka Kate Di Camillo), author and Winner of the Newbery Honor and Medal. One of only six people ever to win the NEWBERY AWARD twice, she was designated the U.S. NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE by the Library of Congress. Her book has also been made into a wonderful film.
INSCRIBED [perhaps a Dedication Copy?] by the Author on ffe (with another person's gift inscription on the front pastedown). 2004 reprint of 2003 Candlewick First Edition.
Near Fine overall CONDITION: internally & externally: square, solid, clean, bright! Slghtly rubbed. Newberry gold seal on front cover. Shadow on rear panel due to camera.