Masher - Fifi Colston

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FINALIST - NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

Junior Fiction

Awarded  •  2022  •  A Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book

What would you do if you accidentally created a barking-mad glove puppet, with sharp teeth, a fierce attitude and an unpredictable mouth?

A boy and a fast-talking terrier glove puppet form a hilarious double act in this warm and funny illustrated novel for readers eight years and older.

Twelve-year-old Freddie Foxworthy just wants to do arts and crafts.  He finds them a lot easier to deal with than his peers, and far more rewarding.  His latest project is to create the perfect glove puppet from papier-mache.  But when ashes from his metalhead neighbour’s deceased bull terrier get into the mix, he finds he has accidentally made a growling puppet with an unpredictable mouth!

Freddie has an overload of mysteries to solve – who is to blame for the late Masher’s death?  Was Masher responsible for the disappearance of a neighbourhood cat?  And, most of all, is Masher actually for real?  Surely Freddie couldn’t be causing all this chaos himself?

Masher is acclaimed author, illustrator and arts-and-crafts guru Fifi Colston's warm and funny novel about animal companions, imaginary friends, perceived enemies, and finding your happy place.

No dogs or papier-mache were harmed in the making of this book.


Masher has a very likeable main character who you will to solve the mystery. Plus wonderfully unique secondary characters, and a scary by loveable dog puppet. But it's the last character who will melt your heart ... this hilarious mystery story [is] for 8-12 year old readers. Your kids will laugh out loud and it'll brighten your day, too.

Maria Gill, Kids Books NZ


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