Torrentz will always love you. This article is about the book. Despereaux Mouse soup book pdf, as he sets out on his quest to rescue a beautiful human princess from the rats. The novel is divided into four “books” and ends with a coda.
Each “book” tells the story from a different character’s or group of characters’ perspective: Despereaux, Roscuro, Miggery Sow, and finally all of them combined. Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”, based on an online poll. Teachers also made it a summer reading project. A noble mouse named Despereaux saves a princess named Princess Pea. Book one tells a story about a small, sickly mouse born in a castle whose name is Desperaux.
He was born very small with large ears and his eyes open. Despereaux, unlike other mice, spends lots of time reading. He particularly enjoys a book about how a knight saves a princess and they live happily ever after. One day while reading, he hears music that sounded like honey. He follows the sound and it led to Princess Pea and King Philip. He sits at the king’s feet to hear the music and falls in love with the princess and speaks to her, but the king led the mouse away because mice were related to rats, which are outlawed. Furlough, his brother, sees this and tells his father, Lester Tilling.
Furlough goes to collect Despereaux. The mouse council orders Despereaux to be sent to the dungeon because talking to a human is forbidden. In the dungeon he meets Gregory, the jailer, who saves him because Despereaux tells Gregory a story. Book II talks about a rat named Roscuro who, unlike the other rats, loved the light and was less vicious and cunning than the other rats.
Finally, he decided enough was enough and went into the light. He climbs onto a chandelier, which is above a banquet. However, he falls into the queen’s soup, and the queen, whose habit was to state the obvious, said, “There’s a rat in my soup,” before dying. The princess, now hostile to Roscuro, orders him to leave. Roscuro, angry, desires revenge against the princess. The king, upset, bans the use of spoons, soup, and bowls.
Many years before Despereaux and Roscuro were born, a six-year-old girl named Miggery “Mig” Sow witnesses the death of her ill mother. Afterwards, Mig is sold to work by her father for some cigarettes, a hen, and a blood red tablecloth to a man Mig calls “Uncle”. Uncle often clouts Mig’s ears, leaving her partially deaf. Mig decides, upon seeing the princess pass by on a horse, that she wants to be a princess. Mig is then sent to work in the castle by the King’s soldiers, who tell “Uncle” that no human being is allowed to own another.
In the castle she gains weight and becomes lazy. Mig’s main job is to go down to the dungeons to deliver Gregory the jailer his meal and, while there, she meets Roscuro and confesses to him that her greatest wish is to become a princess. Roscuro convinces Mig that if she helps him kidnap Princess Pea, he’ll make her a servant girl so Miggery Sow can become a princess. Despereaux escapes the dungeons on a tray of Gregory’s that Mig brings back to the kitchen, where he hears her conversation with Roscuro. However, Despereaux is soon discovered by Mig and Cook.
Cook, as a mouse-hating woman, orders Mig to kill Despereaux. She explains to Mig that her philosophy with mice is “kill ’em, even if they’re already dead. When Despereaux is attempting to flee, Mig chops off his tail with a knife so that she can tell Cook that she missed the “meecy” and at least spare the “meecy”‘s life. Despereaux spends the night in pain, sleeping on a sack of flour. He dreams of the castle’s knights in shining armor, darkness, and light.
However, when the knight removes the helmet, it doesn’t reveal anyone. Despereaux begins to doubt “‘happily ever after” and everything else that he has read and starts to weep. Meanwhile, Roscuro leads Mig to Princess Pea’s room with a knife, and to kidnap Princess Pea and lead her to the dungeon. The next morning, the castle is in a panic over the missing princess. Guards are sent to search the dungeon, only to find Gregory dead from starvation, being lost in the dark because Roscuro has chewed the rope which secures him to where he started.