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What the Dickens The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy 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

  • Title: What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy
  • Author: Gregory Maguire
  • ISBN: 9780763641474
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy By 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 story of What the Dickens, a newly hatFrom 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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    1. I finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago and I m still thinking about itwhich is usually a good sign.First, let me reacknowledge that Maguire is not for everyone This book continues that trend.The overall concept sounds fairly airy and fun but at its heart, it s a lot darker than you might imagine.There are two story threads going on throughout the novel and each one is very intriguing The threads sometimes intertwine and even when they don t directly touch, you find yourself wondering [...]

    2. Merged review This book made me want to unlearn how to read, which is a lot harder than it sounds I almost didn t finish it, and now kind of wish I didn t The story is very mundane, as is the dialogue, but never ending The characters are hokie and contrived Blahblahc.

    3. Although this book was marked as J Fiction at my library, it would definitely not be understood unless by a high level reader The author doesn t seem to dumb down his story at all for children, but it still has that young adult feel to it It was an interesting read, even if it left me wanting at the end Beautifully written and a great tale, I recommend it for lovers of fantasy.

    4. How can you not like a title that has the word, Dickens in it How can you not like a book about tooth fairies How can youOkay, I didn t like it Just as I was pulled in and disappointed by Maguire s previous work, I found this book rather boring, which, given the Dickens and the Tooth Fairies, should not be.The story unfolds as a story within a story While waiting out some kind of bad weather situation which should have led to something else, but not , we get the story about the Tooth Fairies as [...]

    5. Originally posted on bibliophyte bibliophyte 2012 This is a difficult book to review I adore What the Dickens and Pepper, and much of his their story is extremely charming and sweet The narrative about Dinah and her siblings and Gage, however, was simply hard to get into and doesn t make a lot of sense It also takes up way too much of the book without any kind of satisfactory character or plot development or even a decent resolution In addition, I m rather disappointed in Mr Maguire because it w [...]

    6. Hands down the most delightful book that Maguire has written in years, this book is a quick read a fast reader might pull it off in a day I took two and a fun little piece of fantasy, somewhere on the border between young adult fiction and regular old adult fantasy It s original than most of Maguire s other books the story is based on the Tooth Fairy legend, but has no real literary pre text In its best moments it recalls such young adult classics as THE RATS OF NIHM and THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, [...]

    7. Well, this novel was not at all what I expected it to be After reading some of Maguire s work, including Wicked, I expected a grim retelling of the tooth fairy myth What the Dickens, however, is not dark at all It s actually a story full of hope about the power of belief and imagination Although, Maguire does get a bit preachy at times, especially about annoying adults who sully the world Still, the reframing of the tooth fairy story was clever and fun This novel definitely had a younger feel an [...]

    8. Gregory Maguire has given us some magical novels in Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Mirror Mirror, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, so I was interested in seeing what he would do at the YA level, and I was not disappointed.I found a review on that helps me explain this double leveled story The book follows two plotlines in the first, three children and their older cousin are waiting out a hurricane while their parents are out seeking medical attention for their d [...]

    9. I almost gave this four stars The first part of the story of a tooth fairy named What the Dickens is utterly charming His ignorance, his misplaced love for a cat who would as soon eat him as anything, his meeting with a crotchety old woman and his overwhelming desire for her set of false teeth all delightful The beginning is witty and fun to read aloud I read this beginning section to Bennett, who laughed several times If the book would have kept me relishing it as I did in the beginning, I woul [...]

    10. A pretty firm eh on this one The basic story an orphaned tooth fairy makes his way in the strange world is fun enough, but the frame around it a man telling a story to his young cousins while they re stranded during a hurricane doesn t make a lot of sense around it The two bits of story don t weave together smoothly, and the book as a whole doesn t gel.And it s written by Gregory Maguire, with his usual love affair with adjectives I m all for description, but when the sheer volume of adjectives [...]

    11. Hey, at least it got me hooked at the time Considering re reading it though, since I was younger when I did.

    12. TwilightHrm This is an interesting start to an odd story I love the feel of this intro and I am very interested to heard the kind of story Gage tells to his two super religious cousins The mother and father are off somewhere I m not exactly sure what is going on in the world of the story I assume that is something that will be revealed to us over time I assume Gage s story will have something to do with explaining it as well, but probably in a fictional, magical sort of way that goes against wha [...]

    13. 3.50 StarsI don t know how to review this book The entire time I was reading this book I was thinking, as I was loving it, that it was a four star book Then I get to the endingwaitat was no ending It was like watching a TV show and seeing To Be Continued at the end of the show then finding out your show was cancelled Yeah that s how I feel The.Book.Had.No.EndingI m so disappointed.I suppose I ll just have to make up my own ending Grrr Argh.

    14. I listened to this book on CD It got my attention in the beginning, but I have to say by the end I was a little bored I also did wished Maguire would have wrapped the story up better by telling us about the children s mother and father coming back Overall it was a bit forgettable I did enjoy the literary references throughout the book, and the quote You lie, cheat and steal and call it courtesy, cunning and thrift.

    15. Picked this one up at a yard sale last summer for like, 25 cents, for this trade paperback in brand new condition I grabbed it right away because ever since I read Wicked a few years ago which, my hardback of that got ruined not long after I read it when an a c above the shelf it and other books were sitting on started leaking water all over the place I ve had Maguire s back list on my wishlist So when I saw this one I had to get it, no second thoughts So it came time to pick what to read next, [...]

    16. This is a charming little book, and I m sure that there are a lot of people who will find it very enjoyable I m not the proper audience I recognize that being the wrong person for a book is no reason to give said book a low rating, but I think that it s justified in this case Let me explain why The dust jacket says that this book came from a writing assignment that Maguire gave to a class of middle school kids, and the book reads like an assignment There is exactly one idea the premise There is [...]

    17. From the back of the book From the darkest night, amidst a terrifying storm, Dinah s parents go missing With supplies dwindling and worry growing, Dinah and her brother and sister listen to their cousin Gage tell them an unlikely story about tooth fairies, known as skibbereen, who are living in warring colonies right in the neighborhood Dinah is skeptical, but as the story unfolds and the storm rages, she begins to believe.This story was adorable and witty What the Dickens is the name of the mai [...]

    18. 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 and I always answer, All stories are true Because whatever I am telling IS the story Yes, I know that s not what they really mean But the broader human desire to know whether a story is based on real events [...]

    19. What the Dickens is a story within a story The story within was a fairy tale, and very nicely crafted What the Dickens is a Skibberee, otherwise known as a tooth fairy He is an orphan and hasn t learned his purpose in life until he meets Pepper, who brings him to her colony and shows him the ways of the Skibberren.The fairy tale was original, quirky, and had some nice dialogue What the Dickens was a lovable character.On the other hand, the story that started the fairy tale I didn t care for at a [...]

    20. On a dark and stormy night, 10 year old Dinah, her older brother Zeke, and baby sister Rebecca Ruth, are waiting for their parents to get back with only their older cousin Gage for company To pass the time, Gage tells them a story about What the Dickens, an orphaned tooth fairy or skibbereen, to use their true name just trying to figure out his place in the world What the Dickens has adventures with a cat, a bird, a tiger with a sore tooth, and an old woman who thinks he is the Angel of Death be [...]

    21. In WHAT THE DICKENS a terrible storm wipes out the power and everyone is told to evacuate their homes One family decides not to evacuate Just when the mother s insulin runs out, Gage her cousin shows up at the house and ends up taking care of the three children while the parents go out into the storm for medical supplies During the storm, Gage tells the children a story of a rogue tooth fairy I m not quite sure what I think of WHAT THE DICKENS just yet The writing was good The story was interest [...]

    22. I suggested this book for the bookclub that I am in to share the joy of Gregory Maguire among my book loving friends I certainly did not introduce them to the Maguire that I know.When I went into this book, I expected the writing style to be the same of his other popular books such as that of the Wicked series I have read all of his other books in regards to the re imagining of storybook characters I was extremely disappointed in the beginning After I truly entered the story of the rogue tooth f [...]

    23. I was expecting some great twist or ah ha at the end But there was none If I had kids, this would be perfect for them because it could fuel the tooth fairy myth It took me a week to read the 300 page book For my dear friends, you know I read the last book of Harry Potter 700 pages in less than 24 hours I have read 900 page books in 2 maybe 3 weeks if I take my time So, it was not a page turner It was not bad it just wasn t really good I mean when you see on the cover Rogue Tooth fairy you or at [...]

    24. I ve read all three of Maguire s Oz books, and loved them i ve read some other reviews of this book, and generally folks who liked What the Dickens did NOT like Wicked or it s sequels.The Oz books have decidedly darker themes the nature of evil, the search for indentity, differing moralities W t D is definitely child friendly, but it s theme the universal need to believe should appeal to everyone.The book was a quick read i finished 3 4 of it while in the waiting room for an appointment with my [...]

    25. I like dark books, so this was the book for me It is the tale of a tooth fairy, but it is not what you would tell children it takes place in a scary, cruel world that is darker than I expected The book follows two plotlines in the first, three children and their older cousin are waiting out a hurricane while their parents are out seeking medical attention for their diabetic mother With the terrible storm, the place has been evacuated, and the children are nearly out of food To pass the time with [...]

    26. I was thoroughly disappointed in this book Maguire sets up many pieces to this book, then never goes back to explore them For example, the parents who we never see are strict Christians who hide their children away from society, but this is never developed or explained, which left me thinking, So what There are several reference to the children being kept from the world, so obviously Maguire thought it was important, but it adds absolutely nothing to the story The tooth fairy story which is a st [...]

    27. This is the story of a rogue tooth fairy I wouldn t really consider him a rogue just an individual who was never exposed to how he should be When I think of the word rogue it makes me think that they are purposefully going against what everyone thinks is right or the way to do things This little guy however, never knew how to do things so he just found his own way.I teeter back and forth on this one thinking its a 3 star or a 4 star So I will say its 3.5 I did enjoy it but I felt like it was so [...]

    28. Read about half couldn t finish it I might try again later.Two stories going on First, four kids left alone during a storm The eldest, the cousin, tells a story the second, main, plot to distract them from being alone and without food until they can be rescued.You d think that a story within a story plot would keep me rivited like how People of the Book was intertwined and passionately refused to be put down Not so much with this one.If you re reading Maguire, I d go with his short stories for c [...]

    29. This book wasn t what I expected from the author Gregory Maguire His other books Wicked were much better with developed characters The story is based on the fairytale of The Tooth Fairy It centers on three young children who are left alone at home during a hurricane mudslide Their older cousin is watching them and to distract them, he tells them a story about the Tooth Fairy The tooth fairy part is somewhat interesting though it s drawn out My biggest complaint is that you never really find out [...]

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