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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #2)

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a trick up her sleeve.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves everyone, and everyone loves her right back. The children love her because she is lots of fun. Their parents love her because she can cure children of absolutely any bad habit. The treatment are unusual, but they work! Who better than a pig, for instance, to teach a piggy little boy table manners? And wh
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Hardcover, 126 pages
Published 1957 by Lippincott (first published 1949)
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Ivonne Rovira
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thoswe 7 and young, maybe
In short, there’s absolutely no magic in this sequel. Unlike the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, in which the cures were inventive and writing quite funny, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic depends on silly magical potions sprinkled through a book that’s only occasionally amusing. Stick with the first one.
Lydia Presley
I enjoyed Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. I thought the book was cute, easy to read and the solutions, although out there (hello Radish Cure) were believable enough.

That said, I was disappointed in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic. I should have known by the title that this book would be different.

Instead of the cures outlined in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, in this book Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle resorts to magic to cure the naughty children. While some of it is amusing (tattle-tales), after a few chapters even my niece and neph
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Sarah
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, audible
This woman can do no wrong.
Wendy Bousfield
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult


MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE’S MAGIC is the second of four books by Betty Macdonald, in which an energetic, eccentric widow cures children of bad habits (1947-1957). At the request of distraught parents, Mrs. P-W cures “Thought-You-Saiders” (children who deliberately mishear what is said to them), Tattle-Tales, Interrupters, Never-Want-to-Go-to Schoolers, and other young malingerers.

Each fault is comically exaggerated. The father of the Heedless Breaker tells his daughter: “You’re only eight years old an
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Byron Norsworthy
My five-year old enjoyed it, but it got kind of old for me, as the stories all follow the exact same formula: WASP-y family with a common WASP-y last name and three children (two boys and a girl, or two girls and a boy), submissive homemaker Mom, and grumpy, half-absent Dad, have problem with kids acting up, usually starting at the breakfast table while Mom serves them a hearty, traditional breakfast while Dad grumps and sometimes yells from behind his newspaper. Distraught Mom calls Mrs. Piggle ...more
Karen
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
These are such a delight to read and listen to! We all really enjoy finding out how Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle solves the childrens problems. The reader on the audio has the perfect voice for these stories. That being said...I think book 1 and 3 are better than book 2...krb 6/12/17
Rebekah
I loved the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle because she actually offered realistic(ish) solutions to the distraught parents. This one, however, is all about magical powders and cures which, while amusing, are not particularly constructive. For example, the "heedless" girl who runs around klutzily breaking everything is administered the "Cure for Heedless Breakeritis" powder and magically becomes graceful the next day, never to klutz it up again.

Sorry, but that's just not a compelling story.

We still
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Lindsey Fleck
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen (8 yrs old) and I finished this book up. We giggled our way through pages each night... I was hoping that Owen was secretly picking up on lessons the magical Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was trying to teach these not so well behaved kids. I must say though, MY favorite chapter was the last one. I just cringe to admit that I got all teary eyed… It really was a sweet book filled with wonderful magical lessons. I just wish there was a real Mrs. Piggle Wiggle I could call!!! Owen wants to read the other ...more
Stephanie A.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me smile every time I open it. The old-fashioned innocence of a simpler time mixed with the most spectacularly creative magical cures ever gets me every time. I wish every neighborhood had a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for correcting bad behavior. Plus, the last chapter with the treasure hunt for the last of the hidden money is nothing short of a child's dream come true. By far my favorite of all her books.
Amanda
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of children who need to learn manners! :)
I read this series to my kids at the beginning of every school year. They love it! The whole series is great for tacking some of those "quirks" that kids have such as tattling, picking up after themselves, listening, crying (over the tiniest of things!) and bad table manners! What a fun way to teach kids how to treat themselves and others! Classics from my childhood that have stood the test of time!
Jessica
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, dear Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! So charming! I absolutely love the little details of these, and MacDonald's superb writing! This is the charming book in which Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle runs out of money, and the children search her house for more pirate treasure. Only in a book like this could a little magical woman live in an upside-down house built by her husband, who used to be a pirate!
Cathi
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kids love Mrs. Pigglewiggle books. They are so old fashioned I didn't think they would understand the stories but they said they do. Sometimes I have to explain some words and why they did things differently then, like making coffee on the stove. We read two so far and they can't wait for another one.
Shiloah
My family LOVED this book. Even my toddler begged me to read it each night. I loved that they learned lessons through choice and consequence in a humorous yet series way. We're now reading the second book.
Jessica
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book through and through. Just as fun to read as the first.
Diana
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book made me so happy when i was a little reader... i read it over and over.
Zaidee
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These just get a lot of giggles and are fun stories.
Jenna
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensbooks
I was obsessed with this series as a kid, I read them over and over.
Dave
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious little stories enhanced by slightly awkward '50s humor and ideology. I firmly believe Betty MacDonald entertained and subverted the power structure at the same time.
Marya
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-series
Magic indeed. In fact, just about everything in this book is solved with a magic powder or potion, which really waters down the fun. Of course children can learn to be less clumsy/stop interrupting/stop tattling/etc. if there's just a quick and easy magic spell for it! Supposedly, this lets the children "learn their lesson", but in one comment, you can see that the author doesn't really buy it either.

Still, I adore the snarky asides on the weird mothers and the childish fathers. MacDonald obvio
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Kelsey
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has moved on from practical cures and leveled up to actual magic (except for Lester...who might be a human cursed to live as a pig or something). This collection contains my favorite of the stories, the waddle-I-doers, which is a big fun treasure hunt.

Still a lot of spanking as punishment for kids, as in the first collection.
Christine
I still enjoy Mrs Piggle Wiggle's character and this book overall, but agree with the other reviewers who have said that the magic cures don't have the same charm as the more practical/clever cures of the first book.
Joshitha Molly
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best children's book ever.... =)
Mike Jensen
Mar 19, 2017 marked it as books-abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I barely gave this book a chance. I was agreeable for a very few pages, but the introduction of a family that is hard of hearing went on for many, many, way too many pages, complete with what was actually said and the (un)funny things heard instead. I threw the book down in disgust before this unending scene ended. Mr. Piggle-Wigglis is clearly is not for readers like me.
Jennifer
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Perhaps I'm biased due to having been raised reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and other similarly structured books, all centered around themes of good behavior and obeying parents and reserving meanness, silliness, and rudeness for extreme necessity only, but Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, particularly in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic has always been the kind of adult I hoped I'd grow up to be. Benevolent, kind, beloved by parents and children alike, with a whole menagerie of pets and the grace to make children who ...more
Aleksandra
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who lives in an upside down house, loves kids and she’s very patient with them. Kids love her back because she is fun and loving. She also has a cure for every bad habit a child may have, so parents love her, too. The kids with bad habits she cures in this book include: the thought-you-saiders, the tattletale, the bad table manners, the interrupters, the heedless breaker, the never-want-to-go-to-schooler and the Waddle-I-Doers. The last story is sort of a reversal, where kids ...more
Emily
After we read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle aloud, my son was eager to read this one, the second in the series. To my pleasure, I found I liked it lots more than the first one, even though it follows much the same formula as its predecessor, with most of the chapters concerning a child with a problem behavior, the mother casting about for solution, and finally getting help from Piggle-Wiggle which results in the child's cure. One notable difference in this book is that, as the title suggests, most of the c ...more
Sara Watson
Cute but not as good as the first. I didn't enjoy the magical cures as well.
Rainier
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
(Dictated to mom)

This book was the longest book. Chapter one, I skipped because it wasn't a cure. Chapter two was about the Thought-you-saiders cure. The cure was a magic powder that gets put in your ears to make you hear the tiniest noises to make them sound as loud as they aren't. Niagara Falls would almost shatter your eardrums right out - literally. Chapter three was the tattle-tale cure. It was a little black pill that when you tattle then a cloud of black smoke that would have the tale of
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ABC
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is ready to help mothers in distress. And in this book, the kids get to help her in the last chapter.

This book is fun and well-written, but one thing I did NOT like about this book is its over-reliance on medicine (potions and powders) to cure the children. Only two chapters (The Lester Chapter and the Last Chapter) don't deal with some sort of magical medicine.

Even when I was a child, I always preferred the solutions that seemed like they really could happen in r
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Christy
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a trick up her sleeveMrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves everyone, and everyone loves her right back. The children love her because she is lots of fun. Their parents love her because she can cure children of absolutely any bad habit. The treatment are unusual, but they work Who better than a pig, for instance, to teach a piggy little boy table manners? And wha...moreMrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a trick up her sleeveMrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves everyone, and everyone loves her right back. The c ...more
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