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Gregory Maguire : What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy

Author: Gregory Maguire
Title: What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
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Published in: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Date: 2007-09-11
ISBN: 0763629618
Publisher: Candlewick
Weight: 1.2 pounds
Size: 6.46 x 1.14 x 7.95 inches
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From the author of the best-selling WICKED, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibbereen — aka tooth fairies — and the universal need to believe.

A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. It’s the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee who is working as an Agent of Change — trading coins for teeth — and learns that there is a dutiful tribe of skibbereen (call them tooth fairies) to which he hopes to belong. As his tale of discovery unfolds, however, both What-the- Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.
Reviews: Lavenderagate (USA: PA) (2014/02/16):
A fairy, just born, without any mother or father goes through some of life’s roller coaster in just a few days. Confused about his name (What-The-Dickens) and role in life. The fairy comes across many unique characters including another tooth fairy.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would since I have only read one other Maguire book and it was not Wicked or another in the Wicked series. What The Dickens’ story is unique and action packed. In some instances you forget the that the fairy’s story is a story within a story. The fairy’s tale is being told by Gabe a babysitter of 3 children that are stuck in the children’s home without electricity and not much food. Not much food insinuates they have been stuck within the home for days. Both stories are interesting and grab you.

With both stories, the story of Gabe babysitting and the story that Gabe is telling, are so interesting that you leave with more questions. Even though there are still some questions unanswered the stories keep the pace interesting and imaginative.

I would like to see more written on What-The-Dickens, the character. He starts as most of us do which is young, gullible, and take things literally. Gregory Maguire’s writing in this book is excellent and has me wanting to read other books by him.

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