This is a step-by-step drawing guide for the main character of Kate DiCamillo's Tale of Despereaux. I use guided drawings in my classroom as a way to talk about character traits and comparing and contrasting characters among many other reading skills. Guided drawing pulls student interest into the characters or topics they read about and gets them excited to show off their artistic and written work. You can't beat the smiles on their faces when they realize that they can DRAW freehand! For this item, my students drew Despereaux into the center of a web, surrounded by the character's traits!