The Sweetest Fig
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg
VAN ALLSBURG, Chris. The Sweetest Fig. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. 4to, pp. Black quarter-cloth stamped in gold with decoratively blind-stamped purple boards. Mustard endpapers; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author, two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Van Allsburg.
First edition. Monsieur Bibot is a cold-hearted dentist. When an old woman pays him with two figs which she claims will make his dreams come true, he doesn't believe her and throws her out. However, the day after eating one of the figs, he discovers that she had told the truth B his dreams did come true! Filled with greedy hopes for money and power, Monsieur Bibot makes plans for how he will use the remaining fig, only to get his comeuppance from the last place he expected B his long-suffering dog!