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What The Dickens – Review

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

Age: Juvenile

During a dangerously dark and stormy night, Dinah and her siblings sit close with their elder cousin, Gage, to listen to a story about What the Dickens, an orphan skibbereen and his discovery and adventures of his lineage as a member of the tooth fairy society that lives in the imagination of a child’s mind.

I didn’t realize this was a children’s book when I first picked it up at the library. I found it on the shelves at the Friends of the Library Booksale area. I recognized the author who has also written the Wicked series. Despite this being a children’s dark fairy tale, I really enjoyed the story of What the Dickens and the skibereen. I thought Maguire created the perfectly creepy atmosphere needed for the story, and I love how the narrator Gage was able to tie in the circumstances to the night’s events to the characters and events in the story he told his younger cousins. I think this makes a great book for Halloween, or for a rainy night in general. Children will love the story and the characters and parents will love the humor and wit in the narration.

Book 9 of 2011
What The Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
by Gregory Maguire
Candlewick Press, 2007
ISBN 9780763641474
295 pages


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Teaser Tuesday – 2/22/2011

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My two teasers

Giving you the benefit of the doubt, you’re on the wrong job site, you. Worst case scenario, you’re an enemy agent pretending to be a moron. Now get lost before I beat you up.

What The Dickens by Gregory Maguire