Mary Vigliante Szydlowski

Reading I Can't Talk, I've Got Farbles In My Mouth at Martin Luther King School in Schenectady, NY.

Fred Farble


James Edward Beechum thinks the green stuff in his mouth is spinach but is shocked to learn it's actually a family of homeless Farbles who need a place to live.

Try the dip inspired by the story!


12 oz. cream cheese

14 oz. can of marinated artichoke hearts chopped and drained.

10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/​​4 tsp. garlic powder

1/​​2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

large bag scoop type tortilla chips


Preheat oven to 375.

Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain excess liquid.

Place cream cheese in covered casserole dish and microwave on high for one minute until soft.

Add spinach and artichokes to cream cheese.

Add in lemon juice, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. Stir well

Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges begin to bubble and brown.

Serve with tortilla chips.

"Author Mary Vigliante Szydlowski uses comic characters to help children understand the need for dental hygiene and making sure everyone has a suitable home." November 26, 1995 review from The Sunday Gazette Schenectady, NY

"This book is wonderfully creative. Mary Vigliante Szydlowski has a very vivid imagination to create creatures as entertaining as the Farbles. They are cute, lovable, and friendly. This book offers lessons on hygiene, cleanliness, and responsibility. It teaches children to care for and appreciate the environment around them. Books that teach and offer so much are rare to come by. I recommend this book to all ages. The Farbles are great fun!" - review posted on

Mary, illustrator Ray Dirgo, & Tom Greene, Pres. of Greene Bark Press

I Can't Talk, I've Got Farbles In My Mouth book signing.

This photo accompanied a story about my first children's book, I Can't Talk, I've Got Farbles In My Mouth, being published. The caption underneath read "Mary Vigliante Szydlowski-Bridges writing genres."

A Farbles Fan!

I Can't Talk, I've Got Farbles in My Mouth

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Edward Beachum takes good care of his teeth. He brushes and flosses everyday to keep them sparkling white. He's never had a problem with his mouth until he wakes up one morning and finds a family of Farbles living there.

Workmen fixing the old bandstand in the park across the street have dug up the pebble path where the Farbles lived, destroying their home. They've taken up residence in James' mouth and intend to stay there until the pebble paths are repaired and they can go home again. James is horrified. He wants them to leave. Though he tries everything he can think of to evict them, they refuse to go.

When the city decides to replace the pebble paths with cement sidewalks, leaving the Farbles permanently homeless, James must come up with a plan to save their home and rid himself of the Farbles once and for all.

"Who are you?" James demanded, "And what are you doing in my mouth?"

"We're Farbles," the fattest one said. "I'm Burt, and this is my wife Gert and the girls: Sal, Tish, Jane, Barb, May, Dee, Fay and Lee, and the boys: Roy, Ray, Jay, Ed, Fred, Sam, Jed and Ben. And over there is Grandpa Stan and Grannie Em and Gert's folks Grandpa Zac and Grandma Sue and Uncle Zeke and Auntie Lou and of course the baby, little Irwin.