What the Dickens?!?!

The Tale of a Rascally Pup

Children - Animals
34 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2022
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Author Biography

Change can be scary, but new author and creator of Tale Wagger Stories, Tammy Kersey, says anything can happen if you’re open to it.

“I believe we should take advantage of the opportunities life presents. My path to creating Tale Wagger Stories was completely unplanned. I never imagined writing a children’s story, but one day I found myself unemployed and was launched into a period of rediscovery.”

This gift of time led to a new children’s book, What the Dickens?!?!, and the launch of Tale Wagger Stories, the website that she hopes to grow and transform into an online inspirational resource for parents who seek to instill confidence and creativity in their children.

Ms. Kersey’s first book, What the Dickens?!?!: The Tale of a Rascally Pup, introduces the adventurous character who will continue to develop on the website and in future books, drawing children into the story in imaginative ways that engage and inspire learning.

Golly-Oodle-Lolly!: One Fine Day with a Rascally Pup, launched on National Puppy Day, March 23, 2022, officially establishing the Rascally Pup Learns and Grows series.

Tammy Kersey has worked as a marketing professional for most of her career and holds a degree in History from The College of William and Mary where she met her husband, Ian. They reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Tale Wagger Stories team includes two rascally pups, Mosby and Dickens (of course), who work hard to provide a source of daily inspiration and joy.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Dickens is a mischievous pup that wins the heart of Grandma. He comes into the family with lots of energy. When Grandma comes to visit, life changes. Grandma is a prim and proper gentlewoman. However, Dickens is anything but prim and proper. Read What the Dickens?!?! The Tale of a Rascally Pup by Tammy H. Kersey to learn how Dickens got his name and wiggled into the heart of Grandma. Children will love this impish pup and enjoy reading the rhyming text. Parents will appreciate that they can read and re-read the book to their children without becoming bored. The puppy wins hearts by being a typical puppy. Dickens’s antics delight the senses and make the story endearing and fun. This story is one that children of all ages will enjoy.

What do a puppy, a grandmother, and a white handkerchief have in common? They all play a significant role in What the Dickens?!?! The Tale of a Rascally Pup by Tammy H. Kersey. Any child who has welcomed a new puppy into their family will identify with the story of Dickens. Puppies bounce and play with little regard for boundaries. With Dickens’s wild streak, can you imagine introducing him to your very proper grandmother? As you might imagine, trouble follows. After several disasters caused by Dickens, it turns out he won a place in Grandma’s heart. This story shows that often opposites attract. Dickens and Grandma have nothing in common but develop a bond that transcends reason. Help your children understand that those who are different do not need to be seen as the enemy but can become great friends.