Marsha Wilson Chall

Marsha Wilson Chall

The Secret Life of Figgy Mustardo

Fig­gy loves his fam­i­ly, espe­cial­ly George, but dogs can’t go every­where lit­tle boys go, so Fig­gy stays home and waits. But wait­ing is hard! When he can’t wait any longer, Fig­gy falls asleep and in his dreams becomes … a rock star, a piz­za chef, and a cham­pi­on speed rac­er! Inspired by his dreamy adven­tures, Fig­gy dreams up some adven­tures of his own and gets the whole neigh­bor­hood rockin’ and rollin’, until one day the Mus­tar­dos bring home a sur­prise that could make wait­ing a whole lot eas­i­er, and his adven­tures dou­ble the fun.


Images of Figgy’s day­time antics are done in pen­cil and dig­i­tal car­toons to cre­ate whim­si­cal scenes; full spreads depict his out­ra­geous events, like the piz­za par­ty. An imag­i­na­tive sto­ry about friend­ship and being lone­ly that will work in the class­room and make a fun sto­ry­time. (School Library Jour­nal)

In the spir­it of Gene Zion’s Har­ry and the Dirty Dog, Mark Teague’s Dear Ms. LaRue, and Judy Schachner’s Skip­pyjon Jones, this clever, ener­getic sto­ry is per­fect for any­one who has ever won­dered what their pets do when they’re not around. It’s also great for fam­i­lies who val­ue the pow­er of imag­i­na­tion to turn ordi­nary, bor­ing days into excit­ing adven­tures! (

The Secret Life of Figgy Mutardo

illus­tra­tor, Ali­son Friend
Kather­ine Tegen Books, 2016
ISBN 978–0‑062285–829
ages 4 and up
40 pages

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