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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

(Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  52,775 ratings  ·  1,408 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.

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1947)
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Maria Allison H, this book's guided reading level is O, which makes it's complexity suitable for children aged 8-10 depending on their own reading level. The conten…moreH, this book's guided reading level is O, which makes it's complexity suitable for children aged 8-10 depending on their own reading level. The content and silliness of the book is appropriate for children this age as well. It was recommend to me from a 4th grade student. (less)

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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
Dear Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! So clever, so kind! And what a fascinating look these book give you at life in the "Donna Reed Era." All the mothers are at home making pot roasts and gingerbread for their children, and the fathers work in an office and smoke pipes and read the paper after supper. The girls wear dresses and white socks and the boys wear sweaters and ironed jeans! It's swell, just swell!

And YET. The problems that these frazzled mothers call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to help with? Still so curr
Sarah Booth
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
My dad read these to me as a kid and did voices. He did one for Fetlock (not in this book) who lied all the time and said his father was a cat burglar. I want to find the one with fetlock in it and read it to my dad now.
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who is or ever has been a child
Having been disappointed by Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I, I returned to the book I first read 50 years ago, the one that made me adore MacDonald: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. The tales involving the tiny, eccentric widow with her upside-down house, dog Wag, cat Lightfoot, pony Spotty, delightful games, and amazing insight.

Betty MacDonald’s slim book delighted me as much now in late middle age as it did when I was a young girl, laughing out loud at Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s “cures” for wayward children: the
rowanthorn ✨
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literally everyone should read this book.

IT IS SO CUTE AND HILARIOUS. My mom read this to me countless times growing up and each time I reread I fall in love with the whimsical magic and hilarity all over again.
Aug 17, 2011 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
Feb 05, 2008 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
Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it
(review of April 2010)

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
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than I remember them. I love all the kids' utterly ridiculous names. The kid digs them too. Hopefully we can correct her with the Won't-Pick-Up-Her-Toys Cure. ...more
Kellyn Roth
I remember reading this when I was little. A little cliche and silly ... but it was kind of amusing.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
My second read-aloud with my preschooler. I'm not sure if I read this as a kid or not, but I thought it was not only fun to read (not to mention hilarious), but it also had some pretty valid points in it! Basically, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is the neighborhood's resident expert in how to "cure" children of various bad behaviors, and each chapter focuses on a different "cure." It gave Raven and I lots of opportunities to discuss certain desirable/undesirable behaviors and habits, and it helped me to ge ...more
Luisa Knight
I recently read several stories with magical nannies coming to the rescue of families in need. I thought it would be fun to compare each of their pros and cons and see how they lined up ...

Before I share that though, I thought I would mention that in this particular book, chapter favorites were The Won't-Pick-Up-Toys Cure and The Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker Cure. So funny!

Now... the comparison:

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle:
-Likable “nanny.”
-The children have some common bad habits and learn their lessons
Leigh Anne
Jan 25, 2009 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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, k-6, classics
I remember adoring the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books when I was little, except for Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm because it didn't have any magical cures in it. I was surprised to find that this first book in the series didn't include them either. I didn't love it as much as I think I will love re-reading the next couple of books, but I still think the little stories are really fun. I love the old-fashioned feeling of these books. However, the radish cure story is the grossest thing ever and I had to cri ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read this book for the second time -- the last time was in 3rd grade!! I re-read it for a challenge that had a "book from your childhood" category. And now I remember why I enjoyed Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle so much! She doesn't have any children of her own, but the neighborhood children love her and come to visit every day. And all their mothers call her for cures for such childhood ailments as: "won't-pick-up-toys-itis"; "answer-backers disease"; and "never-want-to-go-to-bedders' syndrome." Mrs ...more
Jeremy Hurd-McKenney
When standard child abuse is no longer effective to rid your little ones of their bad habits, it's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to the rescue! In stark contrast to the aggressive vitriol and lies employed by Mary Poppins, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a friendly, unpolished exterior, which she uses to her advantage to get children to bend to her will through a variety of subtle tortures and passive-aggressive homespun remedies. The Radish Cure was particularly disturbing.

One of the children mentioned in the boo
Carissa (Regency Woman)
My sister read a ton of children's fiction growing up. She had diverse tastes (still does), and so her books were a little bit of everything, including the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series. I was pretty much a Hardy Boys kinda girl, so our tastes almost never crossed, but now that we're both adults, I'm actually trying some of her favorite books when she was a kid. Hence my rather odd choice of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for this challenge.

I LOVED it. You have this dear older widow woman who befriends pretty m
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read all of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books approximately 922 times each when I was a kid, and you know what? They still cracked me up. I always thought it was weird that some of her cures were magical, and some weren't, but they are funny and ridiculous. Sure, this is dated in a lot of ways. The kids are always being spanked, the dads smoke pipes and work all day and expect to be served breakfast, and the moms are at home and cooking and caretaking. But when the parents bicker to show their kids ...more
Keturah Lamb
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*listened to audiobook*

My friend Esther recommended this book to me. It’s amazing! I had to wait a loooong time on it from the library though.

Anyways, this book is super cute. It’s about this old woman named Mrs Piggle Wiggle who has no kids of her own but who is very good with them. All the mothers call her and ask how to fix their ornery children ... each chapter is about a different kid refining one of Mrs Piggle Wiggle’s cures, from rudeness to selfishness to laziness to bickering ;) has so
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My girls loved this book! Very entertaining read aloud. My 6 year old said “I want to give it one hundred million stars. I love Mrs Piggle Wiggle so much!”
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved these books as a kid and felt like re-reading something light this summer, so I checked this one out. These hold up and don't (gender roles!) at the same time. I really think some adult folks need to be sent to a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for a cure to their ailments :) ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kids
My 10 year old absolutely loved this book. Her favorite parts were the funny names for the children's "maladies" that Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has to cure. We read it as a read-aloud, but I was thrilled to see how much of it she could easily read back to me. A perfect book for a first chapter book. ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
There was a trend in children's literature in the early and mid-20th century for books about quasi-magical people who were courageous and clever and seemed to know everything about everything. It's the model that gave us Doctor Doolittle, Pippi Longstocking, and Mary Poppins, and when it works, it can produce the framework for memorable, enchanting stories.

When it doesn't work, it gives us Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house, and is a great friend of children. Eac
Jonathan Penn
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading the book to my third graders again, here is what they have to say:

"It is a good book because it tells you not to do certain that you shouldn't do."
"I like this book because it is a relatable book and you can relate to a lot of stuff in this book."
"This book was really entertaining to me because every time someone got in trouble it was really funny to me because they kept moaning and stuff."
"It taught me a lot of life lessons and it is really hilarious."
"I liked all the
Shawn Thrasher
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
It’s 1947: the war has been won by the good guys, the depression was over, everyone was rich and had a big car, families were gigantic, no one was ethnic (at least in this part of town), and moms must have been worried sick about raising their kids the All American Right Way. In steps Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle with all sorts of amazing cures for selfishness, not going to bed, not picking up toys, not bathing (my favorite story in the whole bunch). Voila - problem solved! The mothers can go back to thei ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read it again, this time to the kids. While it's true that morally, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle's solutions usually don't really touch the heart or account for sin nature...they really are hilarious and fun to read. ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, favorites
Reading it 30 years later, I haven't changed my mind about this book! ☺️ ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally delightful. Smart, funny and oh so much fun. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is what you would have if Pippi Longstocking grew up into Mary Poppins.
Sep 05, 2015 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.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-aloud, kids, 1947
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MacDonald was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado. Her official birth date is given as March 26, 1908, although federal census returns seem to indicate 1907.

Her family moved to the north slope of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood in 1918, moving to the Laurelhurst neighborhood a year later and finally settling in the Roosevelt neighborhood in 1922, where she graduated from Ro

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