Review: What the Dickens
Cover of What the Dickens

When three kids and their adult cousin are stranded by a fierce storm, their cousin tells a story about a tiny orphaned creature who is trying to discover his purpose in life. What-the-Dickens is a skibberee born in a tin can and adopted by a bird before discovering others like him. In this story, Maguire introduces us to the odd, secretive society of the skibbereen, who collect human teeth and plant them to create wishing candles. This book has gotten mixed reviews. I enjoyed it, though, especially the descriptions of the skibbereen society and the suspense of wondering if the kids would make it through the storm safely.

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