What-the-Dickens

What-the-Dickens

The Story of A Rogue Tooth Fairy

Book - 2007
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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
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781428765559
1428765557
9780763629618
0763629618
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 21 cm

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artemishi
Dec 03, 2014

What-the-Dickens intrigued me because it's a Gregory Maguire book ostensibly for children. Well, not really for children, but it's a storytelling book. And it was...okay. But not the awesome I was hoping for.

It's a story within a story, of three scared kids caught in a big storm without their parents, and their cousin who tells a fairytale to calm them. It's got some dry wit and an adult layer over the story, but it started to drag on a bit long for my tastes. Maybe I'm just the wrong age group for it?

The entire point of the external narrative framework was to come to one conclusion, at the very end: we all need hope and belief in something. But the story never concludes, and that got under my skin a bit.

I don't have much to say about this one. If you like whimsical stories that parody a sort of WWI-esque social mentality, you'll probably get a kick out of it.

Violet_Bat_19 Jun 06, 2014

I liked how this book told two stories at a time. In this way it reminds me of Walk Two Moons By Sharon Creech. I also enjoyed the fact that Gage was the young boy in What-the-Dickens' life.

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Megz_M
Jun 27, 2011

I thought this was a fun book. Interesting plot, What-The-Dickens is a fun character... It might be categorized as juvenile, but I think it could be a fun, lighter read for older ages as well.

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violet_cobra_52 Jul 04, 2012

violet_cobra_52 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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