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What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
WhattheDickens The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
Author: Gregory Maguire
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 st...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780763641474
ISBN-10: 0763641472
Publication Date: 8/26/2008
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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thunderweasel avatar reviewed What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy on + 147 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Rogue tooth fairy? A cat named McCavity? An old, lonely lady that talks to bugs? Yeah, Gregory Maguire covers it all.

This September release highlights a little skiberee (tooth fairy, in layman's terms), dubbed 'What-The-Dickens' after a human's reaction to him, that is trying to regain memory of who and what he is and find his home. This alone would seem to create an awkward, childish tale, but as told by a twenty-something English teacher named Gage caring for his cousins during a ravenous storm, its fairytale quality is much more endearing.

The book follows the little guy through Gage's telling of his adventures from one home to another, discovering new sights and helping others along the way (who else better to extract a Bengal tiger's tooth?). All the while, Gage and his close group of relatives fight sleep and fright during the raging storm, waiting for their parents to return safely...they hope. In order to calm and soothe the youngsters, Gage launches into What-The-Dickens' story whenever fright, hunger or chill overcomes them. And while the kids face the possibility of leaving their home for a shelter upon a sheriff's insistence, the lost fairy finds a colony of those like him...even though they seem to be less than thrilled with his presence.

Only through a series of twists, turns, surprises and sticky situations do both the rainy-day children and the rogue fairy discover their true talents and purposes. Thhe light, but dramatic tale may have children waking in the night to see if that baby tooth they lost is still under their pillow...
KarenLS avatar reviewed What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful book !! I liked it better than Lost, Wicked, all his others. Very hard to put down.
reviewed What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book. It was a fun and easy read. I found myself cheering for What-the-Dickens all the way through:)
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bookgoddessme avatar reviewed What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy on + 106 more book reviews
Another entertaining tale by Maguire. This one is a quick read. Maguire has a real knack for creative storytelling; lots of imagination and fun details. Not one of my favorites unfortunately, that still remains Confessions ... Recommend it.
ATraveler avatar reviewed What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy on + 193 more book reviews
Maguire does it again! Take the idea of a Tooth Fairy and builds a whole world and story around it. Enjoyable read for all ages . . . especially adults.
confuzzledbooks avatar reviewed What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy on + 477 more book reviews
A fairy, just born, without any mother or father goes through some of lifes 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 fairys story is a story within a story. The fairys tale is being told by Gabe a babysitter of 3 children that are stuck in the childrens 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 Maguires writing in this book is excellent and has me wanting to read other books by him.


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