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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2009
The first few chapters are promising and the characters are endearing, but I feel the story could have gone further. The end of the book seems to come too soon and your left feeling a little disappointed. You are introduced to many characters that don't really have any relevance to the structure of the story although the names and descriptions are great.
Although it has its faults I am pleased that I read the book, it's a cute little story, maybe a little more suited for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2012
I will admit now that I purchased this book because I have everything else Gregory Maguire has ever written, it was to complete the collection, I didn't expect a masterpiece but I do love his work so I knew that I would at least enjoy it. I loved it. I fell straight into the story on the very first page and kept turning until I was finished a hours later. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, it may be aimed at someone younger that my 25 years but so what, its a great book, will it change my life? No, very few books every could. It is the only Maguire book thats sits on my "favorites" self and have recommended it to all my friends and family, don't just borrow it - buy it!
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on 18 March 2012
Like one of our fellow reviewers, I was expecting something a little more along the lines of Wicked, so, endearing though the story may be, I was inevitably disappointed to be faced with a childrens book. Had I been expecting a work that is aimed at a younger market, I would have known what to expect and thus would have had greater enjoyment.

I'm no literary snob, I'll be in the queue to ready fairy tales and Enid Blytons Faraway Tree as quick as the next overgrown child - if the mood takes me! I need to know what I'm picking up off my bookshelf though, so boo hiss to the publisher's marketing department.

I also feel that Maguire has missed an opportunity. The subject of a rogue tooth fairy is an opportunity to create a cracking adult work that few aside from Maguire could produce. Instead, we have a mediocre book more suited to 10 yr olds. Charming and endearing? Yes. But then so are many books of this genre. Anything else that would make me want to read it? No. And as for the suggestion to take this from a library (from a fellow reviewer) rather than buy it, where to look for it? The adult section? Doubtful. And lacking a pre-teenager to drag into the childrens section, I don't much fancy rummaging through Road Dahl & Co in public, so I perhaps, in retrospect, would not bother. Selfishly, I would like Maguire to stick to his work for the grown ups and leave the childrens writing to the childrens authors. Sorry children.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2008
Although I'm not quite sure what I expected. Something more along the lines of Wicked, I suppose.

But this has a different charm, I guess, there's a story in a story, which isn't always the best set up, although Maguire pulls it off. Just about. It's aimed at quite a younger audience, which is obviously an important factor.

It just didn't impress me. The title was a lot to live up to, and I felt the whole idea was unexplored. It wasn't a bad novel, just, well, a bit basic?

I'm hesitant in saying this, because I've changed my mind about Maguires work before... but I just don't feel like it lived up to it's potential at all. Average. My reccomendation: borrow it from the library, or off a friend. No need to buy it.
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on 31 July 2011
The subtitle "The story of a rogue tooth fairy" made me expect a story a little darker than the one hiding beneath the moody cover. Having said that, it was still a pleasant read.

The book starts with three siblings listening to their older cousin tell them a story to distract them from the fierce storm that has left them without power and cut off from their parents. The tale concerns an orphan tooth fairy and his naive exploration of an unforgiving world. He soon learns, among other things, that the world can be harsh and that there are others of his kind.

The writing was quite good and drew me into the story and amused me with some of the misunderstandings experienced by someone unfamiliar with the ways of society. Overall though, I was left feeling something was missing - some parts of the storm story are left unresolved, leaving you feeling slightly cheated. I was also quite aware at times that I am probably a fair bit older than the books intended audience. Despite this, I would not be discouraged from reading other books by this author.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2014
Wanted the cover on the book that was shown but it was a different cover different shape and poor quality
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