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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,003 Ratings  ·  928 Reviews
Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 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. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

The incomparable
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by HarperCollins (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
May 20, 2012 Marvin rated it liked it
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
Aug 18, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2009 Leigh Anne rated it liked it
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
Sep 05, 2015 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-books
Delightful! Fun to go back in time and remember my love of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
Dec 21, 2015 Sri rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Meskipun Mrs Piggle Wiggle tidak memiliki anak tetapi Mrs Piggle Wiggle sangat memahami anak-anak. Dia selalu berhasil menyembuhkan 'penyakit' prilaku anak-anak sehingga semua emak-emak yang menghadapi masalah dengan anak-anak mereka akhirnya selalu berkonsultasi padanya untuk mengatasi masalah mereka. 'Penyakit' itu contohnya penyakit-tidak-mau-mberesin-mainan, penyakit-nggak-mau-mandi, penyakit-mau-menang-sendiri, dan banyak lagi yang lain. Untuk masing-masing 'penyakit' ada 'obat' khususnya. ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Julesmarie rated it really liked it
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.
Lydia Presley
Feb 06, 2010 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, childhood
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
Apr 13, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
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
Oct 03, 2014 Sheri Struk rated it it was ok
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
Okay, so this probably isn't really a five star book... but it gets a bump for the nostalgia aspect. I loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle as a child and read this book multiple times. The Radish Cure captured my imagination for some reason and the memory of it has remained with me into adulthood. It also gets a bump for being fun to read aloud. And for the final bump - my eight year old daughter LOVES Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Funny that such an old-fashioned, quirky little book has such cross-generational appe ...more
Nov 30, 2009 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 27, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2016 Lanny added it
Shelves: read-aloud
I remember enjoying Mrs Piggle Wiggle as a child but I felt much less impressed this time around. It was very formulaic and the dads are mostly awful. It has 1950s written all over it. Read to Kira 3/16
May 12, 2016 Cathy rated it it was ok
My daughter said this was in her top 5 kids books for 2015. I can see why kids would like it with all the crazy names and kids' antics, but I guess I am too old for this. Only OK for me.
Mar 07, 2016 Beth rated it liked it
Another book-from-my-childhood that was so much more magical when I read it as an actual child. Happy to have bought it for my kids, though, and thanks for the memories.
Megen LaVine
Jul 30, 2012 Megen LaVine rated it really liked it
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
Jan 16, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2009 alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 23, 2014 Kristina rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 29, 2015 Andi rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2012 Anagha Pashilkar rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2011 Sarah B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-tj
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
Jan 08, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
We're listening to this as a family and it's been fun!
Summer Urban
Mar 03, 2014 Summer Urban rated it it was amazing
I love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures and funny ways!
Delightful. Is she supposed to be Wyrmish?
May 22, 2016 Faika rated it it was amazing
I was looking for an audio book for my kids and this came with heavy recommendations. My kids loved listening to it and it was a treat seeing them laughing and enjoying.

Mrs Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside down house and loves to bake cookies. She was married once to a pirate once who buried the treasure in their backyard. The kids love her and play around her house. She is a neighbor everyone wishes to have. Though she does not have kids of her own, she is an expert when it comes to solving the
Jill Meyer
Apr 29, 2016 Jill Meyer rated it it was amazing
As a child, one of my favorite books to be read from and then to read myself were Betty MacDonald's "Mrs Piggle-Wiggle" series. Of course, I was living in the early 1950's and lived in a neighborhood where we all played outside, unsupervised, after school. The dads went off to work, and the moms stayed home with the kids. It really was a simpler time - but not a time I'd like to go back to. I have an almost three year old granddaughter and wanted to see if she might like the books - in a few yea ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Krista rated it liked it
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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (8 books)
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