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What the Dickens - Gregory Maguire
What the Dickens
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780763629618 (0763629618)
ASIN: B007CSHJFW
Publisher: Candlewick
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Community Reviews
ereksonj
ereksonj rated it
Maguire's writerly style was the strength of this book, and his interweaving of two stories, and the meta-awareness of narrative throughout the book. My favorite theme is how he dealt with the perennial question of whether a story is true. I often have kids ask me if a story I'm telling is 'true' an...
Confuzzled Books
Confuzzled Books rated it
5.0 What the Dickens
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 ...
MissEdithSpeaksOutOfTurn
MissEdithSpeaksOutOfTurn rated it
3.0
I look forward to reading this to my kids someday soon. It is a beautiful little book, delightful, with some morals worked in. Enjoyable for adults, but even better for its intended audience.
The Cheap Reader
The Cheap Reader rated it
2.0 What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
It was okay. A bit difficult to really get into but it's a good book to read to pass the time.
In Libris Veritas
In Libris Veritas rated it
4.0
Overall it was a really cute and entertaining book. I really enjoy Maguire's style of writing as well as his fun twists on the stories of old, so while this was definitely lighter reading then Wicked or Lost it still had the same feel. This is a story that will stick with me just for the fact of it ...
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