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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047906
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From the author of the best-selling Wicked, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibereen--aka tooth fairies--and the universal need to believe.

Format: 5 CDs, Unabridged

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 taht the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.

NARRATED by Jason Culp
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Quotes & Awards

  • “If not technically a Halloween tale, this romp from the author of Wicked has all the right props and cues…Then there’s the pleasure of Maguire’s dancing, silken prose.”

    Washington Post

  • “By the end of this tale about the Ormsbys and their cousin Gage, readers will be convinced that thunder is an omen and stories are kindling that enflames our imagination. Wicked author Gregory Maguire casts a magic candlelight spell about teeth, skittling creatures, and the need to believe.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “The wholly original premise, sharp characterizations, and dark-and-stormy setting will easily delight readers, especially older ones who will catch more of the gleefully dark humor, political parodies, and broad questions about magic and self-discovery.”

    Booklist

  • “A winner for Maguire’s fans of all ages.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bestfoodies | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed the book, wasn't something you couldn't put down but a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucia Gregory | 2/10/2014

    " This was to be a bedtime story book for me to read to the kids, but we had to put it down. We weren't enjoying it. It felt odd and slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty Billinghurst-rooker | 2/3/2014

    " I wanted to like this! But it was slow and just didn't hook me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Fowler | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catharine | 1/19/2014

    " This book was a nice look at the life of tooth fairies and the power of storytelling. It didn't wow me enough that I would recommend it, but it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auty | 1/10/2014

    " Fun book, good for younger tween-agers and mature children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/9/2014

    " Hummm, he wrote this for a kid I am sure...not really my cup of tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Nichols | 1/2/2014

    " I really didn't enjoy this book. I thought the premise was appealing, but within the first few chapters I didn't think I was going to like it. I didn't like how it was written. And when it finally ended I felt that nothing had happened that I'd liked. Very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 12/31/2013

    " Maguire is a master of imagination... this is a wonderful dream within a dream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N.diana | 12/31/2013

    " I really liked this version of the tooth fairy story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/28/2013

    " Gregory Maguire is, of course, brilliant, and I love this "practical" story of fairies! And tooth fairies at that! This book is funny, but not as interesting to an adult as to a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 12/13/2013

    " This is the first book I read on my kindle. It was a fun story. I liked this much better than "Wicked". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 12/7/2013

    " Although I really enjoyed The Wicked series by Gregory Maguire - this one just didn't seem to hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/30/2013

    " Cute book about a tooth fairy. Easiest Maguire book to read- probably because it's written for kids. Still loved it> "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 11/21/2013

    " This is a young adult book about tooth fairies. It's kind of cute- the general line is that some tooth fairy accidentally is born outside of tooth fairy culture and is never properly socialized so he makes all sorts of innocent and endearing mistakes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 7/3/2013

    " This book was soooooooo boring! I hated it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanna | 6/15/2013

    " This was a cute story. I enjoyed listening to the story of the skiberdee. But. Sing a mom made it hard to forget about the kids stuck on he mountain with no power or food. I'm going to imagine they found their parents and everything turned out happily ever after! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eillo | 5/15/2013

    " interesting read thus far. it's been helping me through the commute "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 3/16/2013

    " YA book & would have been better if Holly Black wrote it but still, pretty satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2013

    " This book was a fun read. A bit different from Gregory Maguire's other books I've read, but only because it is geared to children. It still has the same level of creativity I enjoy in all his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 6/21/2012

    " I thought it was a little boring and was not too impressed. I did like it enough to finish and it was an easy read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 6/11/2012

    " Children's tale with some imagination. Fast learning tooth fairies with rules, and heirarchies, and storytime during a storm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Kuhn | 8/12/2011

    " A cute story about finding where you fit in and breaking out of empty tradition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 6/16/2011

    " This is a really cute book about an orphaned Skibberee, a tooth fairy, who can't figure out who, or what, he is, or what he's supposed to do. Being born in a tuna can, thinking that his mother is a cat who was trying to eat him, he's not exactly off to a great start! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/7/2011

    " it was a little hard to get into, but once I did i enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/10/2011

    " This was sort of bland - no real punch during or resolution at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie | 4/2/2011

    " Even though the story of the Skibberee was original and I enjoyed the story-within-a-story aspect, this was just an OK read for me. I much preferred Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister to What the Dickens.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/31/2011

    " i don't know if it is the pacing, the characters or the writing, but i couldn't get into this book. i wanted to like it because i loved wicked, but i guess my distractions are too great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 3/26/2011

    " Didnt love it but it was ok and other will love it Im sure. I liked the 2nd half of the book the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellylou | 3/13/2011

    " This story within a story doesn't weave together as well as I would have liked. Unfortunate, as the fairy tale of the skibbereen is thoroughly enjoyable. Had the two pieces melded together more significantly, this would have been a far better read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 3/7/2011

    " This was a cool read. I liked it...the characters, the story within a story...all Gregory Maguire style. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bookworm | 2/27/2011

    " Totally fun, but started very slow. It's now quite funny for me to read McGuire because I LAUGH at any and all references to The Wizard of Oz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/26/2011

    " Fun little story. Geared for a younger audience than the Wicked trilogy, the prose and plot were more stream lined, but I though the author's use of cliches was a bit over the top.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laramort | 2/21/2011

    " I want those hours of my life back I wasted reading this book Gregory Maguire. Such a lame, pointless book. The title was so great I thought it had such promise... so disappointed. Why did I finish it? "

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About the Author
Author Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series—Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, Son of a WitchA Lion among Men, and Out of Oz—among several other novels. He has also written more than a dozen novels for children. His work for both adults and children has been published abroad in England, Ireland, and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, he makes his home in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Jason Culp has been an actor since he was ten years old. He was featured on television in Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, and in the cult film Skinheads. He has narrated a number of audiobooks and has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.