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Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #4)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  12,259 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children, healthy children. She has a big cupboard overflowing with magic pills and potions and appliances for curing them of bad habits. Like the powder that makes Phillip Carmody completely invisible when he shows off. Or the anti-slowpoke spray she uses to treat Harbin's extra-acute daydreaming disease. However unusual the problem, you can count ...more
Unknown Binding, 120 pages
Published January 1st 1957 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1955)
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This was a huge disappointment after how much we enjoyed Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Well, O. wasn't disappointed, but he's five and if it's silly, he likes it. The thing that most bothered me was that in this one, the "cures" were all magic potions, powders, etc., while in the first, they were actual things you could do (i.e. let kids who complain about going to bed stay up as late as they want until they realized that they're too exhausted to do fun things). Instead of the children learning a lesson, ...more
Aug 13, 2015 NaDell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-books
My eight year old and I read this book for our mother-daughter book group. The other kids usually stayed up to listen as well and they liked the stories and laughed at the right parts, so I could tell they were paying attention.
We liked the stories and I think if I call my kids 'slowpokes', now they'll really understand what I mean.
Sheri Struk
My (almost) five year old daughter really likes Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She is fairly entertaining with her crazy suggestions and remedies for any number of problems (i.e. being a slow poke, being boastful, etc.). I appreciate the author's creativity with the names of characters, such as Mr. and Mrs. Quadrangle. The book is definitely dated as evidenced by young children being left at home alone, but this doesn't impact the story too much. It is kind of fun to remember how lives of children used to ...more
Nov 22, 2015 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading these books as a kid - they were so funny! I found this at a used bookstore for $ .50, so for nostalgia's sake I picked it up to read to the 9-year-old as a bedtime book.


The boy liked it. He thought it was funny (and, yeah, I'm still giggling over Mrs. Semicolon and Cantilever Crackle and Corinthian Bop, because WTF was Betty MacDonald smoking when she came up with those names). But OMG with the 1950's gender norms.

The dads all work at the office, and the moms stay home
More cures for misbehaving children--by now, though, we have gone completely into the realm of magic which tends to give the message: if you have any of these very real problems with your child, parents--you are out of luck.

Fun, though, to slip into the life of a 1950's kid where life was like living in a bed and breakfast 24/7. Mom's only job: to make sure the house was clean, beds made, elaborate meals served (a typical breakfast: eggs, bacon, toast with jam and/or home made pancakes and/or h
Rhett Sev
May 16, 2015 Rhett Sev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cathy Cramer
I read this to my entering 1st-grader off the required read-to-me list this summer. (That list was in addition to the read-by-themselves list.) A little more than a chapter at a time, and the 1st-grader got restless, although other books get happily read for an hour. The Piggle-Wiggle chapters were a little long. Despite this, the first grader was able to tell what was happening and why. My middle child said that the 3rd grade teacher had read these aloud to the class, and listened again to me r ...more
Jun 19, 2009 Lanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. I was bothered by the fact that the cures in this one were more 'magical' as opposed to "commonsensical" and that the parents thought nothing of 'medicating' other people's children!!!
Feb 24, 2015 Lesa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not like this book. I read it to my four- and six-year-old daughters. They liked it ok, but I did not enjoy reading it to them. As the parent of a child with ADHD, the first chapter hit a little too close to home. It was a bit awkward. I absolutely hated the ridiculous names these people had. Really annoying to read out loud. I also did not like the overall jist of this book. The idea of "magic potions" to immediately solve all your problems is ridiculous. No lessons were learned by ...more
Though obviously outdated, filled with sexist roles and clueless, self-absorbed parents, the creativity and whimsy of the "cures" of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle manages to endure over time. As a 7 - 8 year old child, I adored these books, when I was young. I still find them fun, on some levels, though significantly inaccurate in their portrayal of both children and families. As was so very common in those days, any child's behavior that disturbed adults was deemed a "fault" inherent to the specific child ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what number in the series this book is, but I like it better than the first one - which I also gave five stars - but in this one she seems more in the groove and hitting a certain kind of stride.

MacDonald is an uber-creative writer, and even if the all-knowing character of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle can be a bit repetitious at times ala Kalinda in the early seasons of "The Good Wife," she is wonderful nonethelest.

So these stories are rather heaving on drugs as cures for various children's
Thahira Dayao
For me,this book wasn't for my age group but it would suit well for 6-8 year olds. It didn't really make sense to me since I never read her first book or any other books that's a sequel to the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series. The story was about four children who have bad habits and their parents would call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for an antidote (potion) or a solution for the kids to stop their bad habits.

Overall, the book was good but I wouldn't say great.
Emily Von pfahl
Feb 22, 2016 Emily Von pfahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review is based on my childhood memories of this book. The remedies employed in this book are entirely magical, unlike in the first one, which supplies a great deal of humor, but isn't much help in the real world. And as other reviewers point out the parents are stereotypes of the time period and very Leave it to Beaver. But many books are reflective of their time periods, warts and all, so it can be something you discuss with your kids.
Allison M
My 6 year old and I still laughed throughout this book, but it was a disappointment after the first book. I didn't like how she started using magic instead of real solutions. Even though not all of her ideas in the first book were plausible, some of the concepts were based on good ideas of how to work with children. Using magic was not nearly as entertaining to me as an adult, because anybody could get kids to behave if they had a magical cure!
Dec 19, 2008 Rachael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This children's book came recommended to me from a children's literature professor, but I really didn't enjoy it. It was full of troublesome kids and naive parents who would eventually go to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for a candy-coated cure. I saw no real solution to real-life problems other than just give 'em "candy" (wink wink) to make them less annoying. (I'm not saying all kids are annoying, but the ones in this book were.) Also, I'm not really sure where this books fits into the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Anyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So great-I read all the stories in this book aloud to the boys last month. Not only do the characters have ridiculous names, they all have their problems solved very creatively. The setting is Leave-it-to-Beaver, where your friends come in the back door, there is always something baking, and families only have one car. Clever and sweet and easy to read, and really silly and funny!
I have to say that, while my girls definitely enjoyed this book, it could not even touch the original. In the first book, Mrs Piggle Wiggle helps parents cure their kids' bad habits with clever tricks, like letting the kids who don't want to go to be stay up as late as they want or giving the girl who always talks back a taste of her own medicine with a sassy parrot. In this sequel, however, Mrs Piggle Wiggle only gives 'magic pills' and 'magic candy' as cures for bad behavior ... what a cop out ...more
Robin Conley
Oct 07, 2015 Robin Conley rated it liked it
I loved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a child, so when I saw this at a used book sale I had to pick it up. It's a fun set of stories about common issues kids seem to have -- whispering, bullying, etc. As a kid, I could see how it would be silly and funny to read, but as an adult, all I could focus on was how all the stories were the same essentially: Kid does something wrong, show how it's bad, magic pill to fix it. As a writer, I wish there was more drama around how the magic stuff worked, but I know i ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: family-reading, 2015
Isaac (6) wanted to read another Piggle-Wiggle book when we finished the first one, but this one just isn't as good. And I realized the same thing when I read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic to my older 2 boys a few years ago.

The original book has cures that are realistic, like having the parents act as whiny as the kids so they realize how whiny they sound. The following books seem to all have magical cures, like a spray to use on the children's clothes to make them hurry up instead of being slowpo
These Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories were not nearly as enjoyable as the others. There was too much of other storylines going on that took away from the actual childhood problem and the cure. Additionally, there was no lesson learned by the children; in almost every story, the "cure" was administered and the child would stop doing what the cure was supposed to fix.. but the child didn't learn a lesson or learn to stop doing the bad behavior on their own. What were the parents going to do? Sprinkle p ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Evan rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-niños, fiction
Apparently the fourth in the Piggle-Wiggle series, I found this book at my childhood home and vaguely remember it from then but I'm not really sure if I ever really read it or if it was read to me (at least cover to cover).

It is about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a character in the neighborhood that all the kids know because she runs a crazy fun house where they hang out all day in the yard. The parents know her because she is the curer or all child ills, usually giving some potion or peppermint that per
Apr 29, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just recently finished reading this with my daughter. It was fun to read a book where we laughed a lot together. I wish we had a real live Mrs. Piggle Wiggle today that could give me a magic concoction for my children's undesirable behavior. ;)
May 26, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I read to my children at bedtime (ages 12, 9, 6) They loved it and we had plenty of laughs together ("Thmile Mary, Thmile!) It was not as enjoyable for me- long chapters and tricky punctuation with crazy long sentences.
Story Revolution

Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house ans 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. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

The incomparable Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children good or bad and never scolds but has positive cures for Answer-Backers, Never-Want-to-G

Still fun to read aloud but... there's almost no Mrs. Piggle Wiggle in this book AND all of the cures are magical unlike the first book in which the cures could be undertaken by anyone. Takes a little of the fun away but my daughter is still loving it!
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shared this childhood favorite with my sixth graders. Many of them became hooked and read all that they could find. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle uses a little magic to cure childhood problems like bullying.
Mar 31, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers
I loved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a child and I am so excited to be reading these stories to my 6 year old daughter. The chapters were long, but Emily hung in there (probably because we read at bedtime and she knows that she gets to stay up a little later). Emily does seem to be enjoying the stories though because she talks about them during the day. I wish the author had picked a little bit more normal names for her characters. I also wish that I had the magic spray for the slowpoke cure for my dau ...more
Byron Norsworthy
Feb 18, 2015 Byron Norsworthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook on a road trip from NY to FL. It kept our five-year old entertained for hours. When it finished, she wanted to listen to it again! So we did.
Lily McGlone
Sep 01, 2015 Lily McGlone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She thought it was good, but not as good as the first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. She's looking forward to reading Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Nancy Prater
Mar 03, 2015 Nancy Prater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These cures are more supernatural, so less useful for kids, I think. Thoroughly entertaining, however. We enjoyed reading it together.
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The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I , rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, along with a series of popular movies. In the wake of World War II, the hilarious accounts of MacDonald's adventures as a backwoods farmer's wife in Chimacum Valley were a breath of fresh air for readers around the world. On the n ...more
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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (8 books)
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, #1)
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, #2)
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, #3)
  • Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, #5)
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  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Bad Table-Manners Cure (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, #7)
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