11/14 – 11/20 Children’s Book of the Week: The Sweetest Fig

The Sweetest Fig 
by Chris Van Allsburg 
Bibot is a cold and calculating dentist in France. He has his little white dog for company, Marcel, but even Marcel only reminds Bibot that if he were really rich, he’d have a Great Dane. One day, Bibot pulls the tooth of an old woman who afterwards tells him she can’t pay him in money, but in two magical figs that will make Bibot’s dreams come true. Bibot quickly turns her out without giving her the pain medication he promised her.

Though he disbelieves the old woman’s words at first, the evidence after eating the first fig reveals that the figs are indeed magical, and capable of granting Bibot the limitless wealth he so dearly wants. Unfortunately for Bibot, the fruits of his nasty attitude are about to come back to haunt him.

Beautiful illustrations and a story with a twist, from the author of The Polar Express and Jumanji. Ages 5 and up.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of Too Many Visitors for One Little House. Susan is also a composer, lyricist and producer of musical theater. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is available as a musical DVD ~