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What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy (2007)
by Gregory Maguire
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What an interesting plot! The subtitle hooked me, since my youngest is still in the Tooth Fairy phase of life. Very well thought out about the fairies. The part that didn't intrigue me as much was it was told by a human that was left in a terrible storm to watch his cousins while his aunt and uncle were somewhere. It didn't quite tie in for me, but it was enjoyable enough. ( )
teen/adult fiction; modern faery story.
I enjoyed this tale within a tale about a tooth fairy name "What the Dickens?". It had a good moral about believing in something, even if they are different from what others believe, when things are toughest. In one word, hope. Never lose it and keep your childlike ability to accept and believe in the impossible. Definitely a fun one to read to kids.
I tried and finished, this was very child- like and not what I expected from the author of the fantastic "Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West". The was too much personification , I was lost for a moment there :/
I enjoyed the descriptions of a creature with no known history and how they deduce what is going on. The two stories going back and forth jumped a bit, but I was happy the story ended well. With the title "What the Dickens" I was expecting a more holiday story instead of Tooth Fairy but there was a happy ending. I have always enjoyed the re-imagining of fairy tales that the author does, so overall was pleased.
"A winner for Maguire's fans of all ages."
"This story contains a certain creepiness, an element that seems to thrill."
"Gregory Maguire does for the dark and stormy night what he did for the witches in WICKED."
As a terrible storm rages, ten-year-old Dinah and her brother and sister listen to their cousin Gage's tale of a newly-hatched, orphaned, skibberee, or tooth fairy, called What-the-Dickens, who hopes to find a home among the skibbereen tribe, if only he can stay out of trouble.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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3 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.
Editions: 0763629618, 0763641472, 0763643076