Mr. Figgletoes’ Toy Emporium

Why are children vanishing from their beds in the middle of the night?
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“With a wicked witch, magic, and a mystery, children from the ages of eight and up will love this enchanting book.” — Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

“Mr. Figgletoes’ Toy Emporium is very highly recommended for young readers looking for a tale of magic that evolves into something even more delightful, advocating for a kinder world.” — Diane Donovan, Editor, Midwest Book Reviews

“Evans’ plot is imaginative and thrilling.” — Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Why are children vanishing from their beds in the middle of the night? And what does the local toymaker have to do with their disappearances? Find out in the exciting children’s fantasy, Mr. Figgletoes’ Toy Emporium. The story begins on East Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where an exclusive and delightful toy store is located. Owned by Mr. Figgletoes, the enchanting shop contains a vast selection of unique toys. Recently, a scary witch with evil plans for the children of Coeur d’Alene has infiltrated Mr. Figgletoes’ Emporium. Now, after making a purchase at Mr. Figgletoes’ shop, select customers, along with their new toys, disappear during the night. What is the mean old witch going to do with her captives? Can Mr. Figgletoes be trusted?

As an adult, and a psychologist who treated many children between 8-12, I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It has suspense, unexpected twists, it is well-paced and is full of pathos and magic. Chapters are short and move the plot along sustaining the suspense. There are hints of Harry Potter in the owl and the witch—Miss Maybish Twizzle—with her many spells. There is also a distant echo of the Wicked Witch of the West and the broadway show Wicked. The witch here is actually a healer of sorts of uncooperative, obnoxious, spoiled children, a healer who needs healing herself. So clearly this book is an expression of love by this writer. Well done.

-- Fredric C. Hartman, Ph.D.

M.J. Evans (Author)

I am a graduate of Oregon State University and a lifelong equestrian. I am also a former teacher at the secondary school level. My husband, Tom, and I have 5 wonderful children and live in Colorado with our three horses and two standard poodles. I have always loved writing and using my imagination to create stories and characters. Many of my books are about horses…from the non-fiction equestrian trail guide books titled “Riding Colorado”, “Riding Colorado II” and “Riding Colorado III” to my fantasy stories. The Mist Trilogy which is about the noble and great horses that become unicorns in the after-life is comprised of “Behind the Mist”, “Mists of Darkness” and “The Rising Mist”. I am also the proud recipient of the first place award in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for my allegory of the revolutionary war titled “North Mystic”. I have known and loved many noble and great horses in my life so I also decided to start a blog about them. You can learn about famous and loved horses at I love riding on trails in the beautiful Colorado mountains and competing in Dressage. So, if I am not sitting at my computer writing a new story, you can find me sitting in a saddle!

Why are children vanishing from their beds in the middle of the night?

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