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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic

(Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  14,341 ratings  ·  306 reviews
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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1949)
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One of my favorites of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, because it introduces the well-mannered pig Lester, and ends with a treasure hunt through Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's upside down house, as the children try to help her find her husband's pirate treasure! I yearned to find a lucky gold piece wrapped in a black silk scarf as a child! In fact, I still do! ...more
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. ...more
Helena Sorensen
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Make sure you get your regular dose of Betty MacDonald. She's one of my very favorites. If nothing else, you'll meet children with names like "Paraphernalia Grotto." I mean... ...more
Byron Norsworthy
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Lydia Presley
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, audible
This woman can do no wrong.
Wendy Bousfield
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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! ...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 Tattletale Cure and The Heedless Breaker. So funny!

Now... the comparison:

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle:
-Likable “nanny.”
-The children have some common bad habits and learn their lessons nicely (actually, these
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first encounter with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I wonder if I'd read the original book if that might have helped me appreciate this one a bit more.

I certainly expected Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle herself to be more of a character in the book. With the exception of the final chapter, she is pretty much relegated to brief phone conversations with parents at their wit's end--sometimes even just a second-hand summary of what she said.

I also expected Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures to be somewhat more tr
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Nostalgic, humorous, and a great read-aloud. My kids (6, 10, 13) all begged for more when I had to stop reading. I remember having my second grade teacher read these books to us. I loved them then, loved them now.

As a parent, I appreciated the fact that behaviors and habits were brought into the spotlight as less than desirable. Obviously, the cures are not realistic (though I wish some of them were!!) but kids seem to get the point.

I also enjoy the fact that these stories capture a time perio
Clare Bird
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, hlb, akb
I'll give Betty MacDonald five out of five birds! This is the second installment in her Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's series. It was a fun read with my little girls. I thought that the stories were a little bit of a stretch but none-the-less we enjoyed their quirkiness. We loved the ending, imagining the kids in the basement looking for treasure. If you haven't read this series, it's definitely worth picking up. ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
In the Piggle-Wiggle world, there is a magic cure for everything: interrupting, bad table manners, not wanting to go to school, and all the moms (and occasional dads) can rest at ease knowing she’s there to take the tough cases out of their hands.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t get me wrong it was still amazing and interesting. But it wasn’t as creative as the first book. Instead of smart cures she uses special powders. I still love this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes the Mary Poppins theme!
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because I like magic and wizards and money and all. I like Lester because he teached a boy how to eat properly. So, like, every day, and five days, Lester stayed and then leaved the next day, I think.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the Mrs. Piggle WIGGLE SERIES
Allison Gaspar
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My kids love this series! I grew up with it as well.
H Loose
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like all of the cures that she comes up with. I think the ending of the book is the happiest of all the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful read aloud for my 5 and 7 year old!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where can I buy the powder for the magic that is the Interrupter's Cure? I need it plz. ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellie, jacob, 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
Jun 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
OH MY WORD! Cribbage is mentioned on page 52 (Bad-Table-Manners Cure)! How I loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle when I was in 4th grade. I thought these books were timeless. They're not quite that as far as vocab. Some of it is pretty antiquated, but it's still lots of fun for kids! It's a fantastically creative series. I also like that it makes kids aware of possible areas they need to grow in - complaining, table manners, tattling, being slow, being a crybaby, etc.

The Never-Want-to-go-to-Schoolers one w
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
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
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Stephanie A.
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. ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read to the kids. I don't think this book has the original charm of the first book but there are some areas where it is more polished and in some ways I'm glad they dispensed with the "practical wisdom" cures (which were fairly far-fetched anyway) and just went straight to magic powders that did amusing things. It also highlighted for the kids just how deplorable some of these bad habits and behaviours are!

(2020 re-read)
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book made me so happy when i was a little reader... i read it over and over.
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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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