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

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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.
 

About Gregory Maguire

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Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published March 30, 2010 by Candlewick. 306 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a terrible storm (think Katrina) strands an inept young man with his highly sheltered cousins, he turns to storytelling to hold their fears at bay.

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In this children’s novel, Gregory Maguire does for the dark and stormy night what he did for witches in “Wicked” and for the vaguely malevolent kingdom of Snow White in “Mirror Mirror.”

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Publishers Weekly

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Dense with allusion, metaphor and pun, Maguire’s prose shines, compensating literary-minded readers for the slow start of the skibberee story.

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Examiner

It is a story centered around a newly hatched tooth fairy, though tooth fairies are called skibbereens.

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The Bookbag

However, this is effectively secondary to the tale of the skibereen, and in part, I felt myself feeling that it was superfluous: the fairy tale would have worked equally well or even better as a stand alone tale.

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BellaOnline

I wish I had seen more about the various colonies and even leaned what happens to Pepper and What-The-Dickens after the book ends (I think that's where a good story would have really gotten going).

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KidsReads

Whimsical, wise and willing to turn a story on its head, WHAT-THE-DICKENS offers readers a whole new take on a mythic tradition --- one that will have kids hoping to spot a skibberee the next time they lose a tooth.

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