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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:
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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 about 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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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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