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

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  10,468 ratings  ·  146 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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Sarah
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
NaDell
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
Rhett Sev
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Veronica
I'm working on creating a booklist for my local public library. This book was one in consideration for this list.

This will be on the list, though, the language is a bit archaic. However, they are wonderful examples of proper behavior and chapter books. I've only read a few, but I believe the whole series will work for the list.
Lanette
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!!!
Lesa
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
Shane
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
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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.
Rachael
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
Anyah
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!
Emily
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
Katie
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
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Kellie
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
Evan
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
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Melanie
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. ;)
Sarah
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

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Jodi
Mar 31, 2009 Jodi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
Nancy Prater
These cures are more supernatural, so less useful for kids, I think. Thoroughly entertaining, however. We enjoyed reading it together.
Stacy Thomas
The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books are my favorite series for a slightly older childrens audience (ages 6 to 10). I say this; however, I still read them myself. I have fond memories of my mom reading these stories to me every night: The first night we would read up until Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was called; the second night we would read about the cure.

Favorite stories from this particular book are: The Crybaby Cure and The Whisperer.

I also own The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury in hardcover. My paperbacks are
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Aubree Bowling
read this to my kids, they liked it but we all preferred the first Mrs. P-W. plus the chapters were soooooo long! 35 pages is A LOT to read at bedtime, especially on school nights.
Jessica
At last my 8 year old knows why sometimes I refer to him as Harbin Quadrangle! (The infamous slowpoke of the final chapter!)
This book is light on actual Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle appearances, but heavy on the "cures" for some very bad habits, including bullying, gossiping, and being a slowpoke. (If you don't think being a slowpoke is very bad, trying being late everywhere you go because your oldest child is staring at the wall with a shoe in one hand and no socks on while everyone else is already in th
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Shemaiah
The boys enjoyed this book for their nighttime reading the last few weeks. It was fun to hear them laugh aloud and to have a reference to discuss some of their similar behavior.
Jennifer
Listening to this one with Tony whilst commuting to work and Rocking Horse.

Still love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. My favorite will always be the first book before she starts using magic to "cure" the children's bad behaviors, but each cure is always entertaining. If only bad behavior could really be cured by magic. =)
Mckinley
Didn't like this one as much as others due to the reliance on potions and powders, magic cures.
Maren
I would title this book: 100 ways to teach your child to be naughty and annoying. That said, Rebecca, of course, found it very good and would at least give it 3 stars, thus the rating. I would probably give it 2. It's made a more sarcastic parent out of me, and I found myself saying, during a child's emotional outburst, "Your going to fill the room up with water with that kind of crying." This of course angered the child more. I'm not sure what the author is saying about children if the only way ...more
Michelle
I forgot how old these books are. They were a blast to read to our 6 and 3 yr old but we had to change a lot of the stories. I don't even know how to play tiddle-winks. In fact, to be honest, I skipped about 1/3 of every story just to make it more readable and faster at bedtime but they were still a blast to read. The kids loved the funny names and crazy things that kids did. I think it was nice for them to see exaggerations of their own behavior and the funny solutions. As of today they haven't ...more
Kymm Zuckert
Re-read. This one and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic are the two that I had as a child, so they are my faves.
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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (10 books)
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