The Tale of Despereaux is a fantasy book by Kate DiCamillo that was later turned into an animated movie. The Tale of Despereaux was published in 2003 and the animated film came out in 2008. The book won the Newbery Medal in 2004. The main character in the story is a mouse named Despereaux Tilling. The book is divided into four different chapters that are each written from the perspective of a different character. To hear how to pronounce Despereaux you could watch the animated movie.