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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Betty MacDonald
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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  37,397 ratings  ·  849 reviews
Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Robert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

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Published (first published 1947)
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Why are people wasting their time on those well meaning books when Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is still out there on shelves, unchallenged, messing with people's heads?! I read this odd little book when I was about eight and STILL have recurring nightmares about The Radish Cure. I just reread it today, trying to vanquish my fears, and now I'm afraid to go to sleep.

I will not go into details about The Radish Cure except
Wow. I forgot all about these books. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was an eccentric lady that parents turned to when they became frustrated with their children's misbehavior. Her techniques were pretty predictable. Let the child do what they want until their behavior back-fired, then she would tell the parents to do some nasty little trick that sent the kids running to the sanctity of good behavior. For instance, when the children wouldn't wash, she would let them get really dirty, then plant radish seeds ...more
Delightful as ever! Read it aloud to the kids (8 and 4), they both loved it. As a kid I thought this book was hilarious, as an adult I found that I kept pausing and looking meaningfully at my children, to see if they were paying attention to what happens to little boys and girls who quarrel or don't pick up their toys! I love how full of details about life back in the 1950's these books are: the mothers are home all day, cleaning and cooking. Children eat snacks like thick slices of gingerbread ...more
Leigh Anne
As a parent, I have tried to steer my children toward some of the books I loved as a child, with indifferent success. I chalked it up to the generation gap, among other things. So I could hardly believe it a few years ago when my kids went mad, I mean bonkers, for Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a children's book character who is like the 1940s version of Willy Wonka. As a result, I have read nearly every episode in the life of Mrs. P.-W., and I must warn anyone tempted to go down the same road that the sto ...more
I can remember just absolutely adoring these books as a child. But I'd completely forgotten about them (and then unfortunately mistaken them for the Amelia Bedelia books...) until I found this in a bookstore yesterday.

I remember being so fascinated by Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's upside-down house with the slidey floors and the dress-up clothes and the pony and wishing so badly I could be one of the children who got to visit her.

It's curious how different the experience of reading this as an adult was.
Read this with my 5 yr old for his first grade reading project. I read some chapters and he read some to himself. He had several books to choose from and he choose this one based on the description. I, myself, was actually rooting for Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White or Romona Quimby Age 8, but this wasn't bad. It was a little old school, you could tell it was written a while ago by the way they spoke and their mannerisms so parts of it took a little explaining to my son. But still, we really e ...more
Lydia Presley
I just finished reading this book to my niece (4) and nephew (6). There are so many things I loved about it, I think I'll just list them out here.

1. Everything was so simple - simple enough for me to laugh and enjoy reading, and simple enough that the children could understand what I was reading about. As much as I love reading descriptions aloud to them, it's more fun for THEM to hear dialog and funny cures.

2. The symptoms are VERY real ones. Never wanting to go to bed, fighting all the time, n
I never encountered Mrs Piggle-Wiggle as a child, but I know that many people who did really adore this series. Coming to it as an adult, I feel like I've missed out on some kind of special magic that it must have, because while I liked it well enough, it's hard for me to see how it could inspire such fond devotion.

I read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to my six-year-old, having just recently resolved to make more of an effort to read aloud chapter books to him (we've been stuck in a loop, reading the same
Sheri Struk
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a woman with no children who offers amusing advice to parents whose children display challenging behaviors. For example, to the parents of twins who are concerned about their children constantly arguing, she tells the parents to mimic their childrens' arguing for one day. After the day is over, the children should be cured of their arguing, and sure enough, the children stop arguing. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has many interesting ways of dealing with adverse behavior but I don't t ...more
Nov 30, 2009 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children everywhere
Recommended to Natalie by: NEH Classics list
This book is truly delightful. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside down house, has buried treasure in her back yard, and understands children like nobody else. She knows how to make mundane jobs like doing the dishes and making the beds an adventure. And she has the perfect solutions for childhood tantrums and idiosyncracies -- common sense ideas taken to the extreme include the Won't-Pick-Up-Toys cure, the Answer-Backer cure, the Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders cure, the Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Take ...more
I read this book about 4,657 times when I was a kid. It is JUST as hilarious when I re-read it as an adult. In fact, I appreciated some parts even more, such as the snarky references to other parents' "helpful advice." Also, this book seems SO great for talking about moral issues with kids! Not only is it funny, but Mrs. Piggle Wiggle "cures" bad behavior by either forcing someone to see his sin for what it really is or giving someone exactly what he wants so he can see how it leads to emptiness ...more
Amory Blaine
I loved this book when I was a kid! Mrs Piggle-Wiggle herself is Mary Poppins meets Pippi Longstocking. She lives in an upside-down house overrun with pets, married a pirate, and leads neighborhood children on fantastic adventures. Her real skill, however, lies in dealing with overwrought parents, who turn to her to find cures for common childhood "ailments" like selfishness and answering back. The parents are identical characters (distant and wise-cracking father; baffled and concerned mother) ...more
Megen LaVine
I don't often write about the children's books we read, but this one was notable! Notable because while I found it to be a bit tiresome- my children loved it!!! I started reading it to one and they all became enthralled! It became our "family" reading story, which is tough to find for a 4,6 and 8 year old and I look forward to reading more of her books with them. They remembered details of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle which cracked them up and reference her cures and silliness all the time. Whereas there ...more
Cynthia Egbert
I should have read this book long before I became a parent. This woman is brilliant! Many smiles as I read this classic that I truly do wish had been part of my life before now.
I'm happy to say that Mrs. Piggle Wiggle has stood the test of time quite well - I loved these as a kid, and Leon is loving them now, 25 years later. Aside from a few moments where the author describes motivations in a way that would be considered dated today (like when a mother is described as resorting to crying on the phone to the father, because she's frustrated but also because she knows that will get his attention), the stories are still fun and funny, and the behavioral problems are still ...more
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle don't play. She will starve your nonsense ass if you don't eat the the food on your tiny ass plate.
Highly recommend as a read aloud for elementary age kids. Loved it when I was young and read it myself, still love it!
Anagha Pashilkar
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a very funny book and it's fun to read. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle lives in an upside down house, has a dog named Wag and catt named Lightfoot, and knows every kid in the neighborhood. I like Mrs. Piggle Wiggle because she is kind, funny, and knows everything about kids there is to know. This book explains in detail so it paints a perfect picture in your mind and the stories that this book tells can actually tach you things like how doing chores is good and can be fun.I give this b ...more
Sarah B
TJ's review: "I liked the cure stuff. My favorite was the Tiny Bite Taker, it was so funny when the plates got smaller."
Mom's review: I remember loving these books, and I loved reading this one with the boy. The peek at the family dynamics of the 1950's was fun, and I laughed more than once at the names of some of those children. Who names their kid "Pergola" anyway? We enjoyed breaking this one up into nightly chapter reads. They were long enough that he felt he got fair reading time, but not s
We're listening to this as a family and it's been fun!
Summer Urban
I love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures and funny ways!
Delightful. Is she supposed to be Wyrmish?
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Dominique Woodbridge
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was a fantastic book. This book kept me engaged the entire time reading it. I think that young kids around 2nd grade would love this book. One of the reasons I loved this book was because it was entertaining. Some parts of this book were very funny, and that is another reason why kids would like this book. I would use this book as a take home book for individual reading. I think students would get more out of it if they took it home for individual reading. Students who read th ...more
Brittany Granger
So I have started this little project of re-reading books I have read during childhood, to go along with my Nostalgic Nuggets post over at my blog, because I love trips down memory lane.

The first book I choose was Mrs Piggle-Wiggle ( The first book in the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series) written by Betty MacDonald back in 1947. I first read this book back when I was in 3rd grade (8-9 years old) I remember loving it back then, and revisiting it at 23, I still quite enjoy it.

The book is about Mrs. Piggl
I like to reread the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books every few years. It's wonderful to be taken back to a place where, despite their foibles, adults and children are all good, everything is curable, and hot chocolate, sugar cookies, and apples are always waiting for us when we come home from school. It's important to be reminded that interrupting, selfishness, and bickering really are quite improper and that small acts of charity and civility still matter, always will. These books are simply awesome.
A great read aloud! Mrs. Piggle Wiggle comes up with the best cures for things like not picking up toys, not wanting to take a bath (my personal favorite), or fighting and quarreling. Kids seem to really recognize themselves in these naughty children, but also recognize a kindred spirit in Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Chapters are very episodic without one overall plot, making this a good early chapter read aloud to kindergarten and up. (Actually, my 4-year-olds hung in there for several chapters, too!)
Rather enjoyable book that the family listened to while riding in the car. Essentially, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle knows exactly how to parent all children, even though she's never had any children herself. All the neighborhood parents call her for advice, she gives it to them, and it works wonders. Not too deep on plot, but the vignettes are humerous, both intentionally, and due to the somewhat dated nature of the book. Imagine the trouble Mrs piggle-wiggle had once tv was invented...

In theory, I should loathe this book. It has a Point to make. Its sole existence is based around delivering a Message. Children, you should behave!

Instead of ripping it to shreds, I grace it with a four-star rating.

Betty MacDonald knows her audience. She knows that kids won't listen to boring adults; they'd rather imitate those they admire. That's why she gave us Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a delightful old lady who lives in an upside-down house and teaches misbehaving children their lessons in the mos
I LOVE Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Hoping that Tony comes to love her too, as we're listening to this whilst commuting to work and Rocking Horse.

Aaaand, the verdict is . . . Tony likes Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle too! I don't know if he loves her as much as I do (and now that I'm a parent, I kind of think Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a bit of a genius). He enjoys trying to figure out the "cure" Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle will give to each child, and I think he takes vicarious joy in the extreme naughtiness of some of these chi
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