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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure

(Missy Piggle-Wiggle #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Wha ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was familiar with the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series from my childhood and it became one of my go-to read alouds was well as a frequent recommendation for parents and children alike. So it was with a mix of both excitement and apprehension I approached author Ann M. Martin's Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure. How would the story fare in the hands of a new writer? Would it lose some of its charm? And what about this Missy character, the young niece tasked with caring for the upside-down hous ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book on its own might have been okay, but as a reboot of a much-loved childhood favorite, it was hugely disappointing. First let me say the illustrations were fabulous, so kudos to the illustrator. A couple years ago I reread one of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, and while I still loved my memory of them I knew they were too outdated to be accessible to my kids. I had high hopes that this new book would bring back the creativity and magic of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's world, but other than the sam ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of quirky junior fiction
I loved this. It's both funny and sweet, in a delightfully silly way. Kids who have read the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books (or adults who grew up on them, like me) will enjoy this book the most, but it is also a wonderful introduction to the world.

Bonus points for Ben Hatke's amazing illustrations.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

When Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle feels compelled to go looking for her priate husband, she asks her great-niece to hold down the upside down fort during her absence. Missy settles in, makes friends with a shy new neighbor girl, and the children who regularly visit start to warm to her. There is a nice, light romance between Missy and the local bookstore owner which I enjoyed because I always wanted to know a little more about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle herself. Once again,
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun little read that caught my eye and made me feel nostalgic for Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, which I haven't read since elementary school. Missy is a cute character. I thought all the stories were funny and sweet except the one about the gum - that one seemed to be rather abrupt all around. This is good beginner chapter book. ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Great bedtime story. Four-year-old followed it fine. It helped that Missy looks like a cousin of his. We read this after reading the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books and found this one easier to understand and more appropriate to our times.
Holly Smith
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read-aloud for my six year old. My older kids liked hearing it too and even "stole" it to read themselves when they had the opportunity. We have read the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Ann M. Martin seemed to keep the tone of the original books. ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Supernanny 2.0, now with magic powers!
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books in my youth so I was curious as to how this modern day take of her great-granddaughter would stack up. I was happy to read that a lot of the charm and magical ways were retained. A fun read for younger girls.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awww. I loved the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books when I was a kid, and this was a fun update. It kept the same feel, and it is a lovely homage.
Rheetha Lawlor
Growing up I loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Mom used to read it to me every night. So when I saw this book, I was hoping for the tradition to continue in a 21st century type of way. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's great niece Missy is taking over while Mrs. Piggle Wiggle goes away to meet her pirate husband. In continuation of the work Mrs. Piggle Wiggle has done, Missy has many of the kids hang out at the upside down house and play all the games they've always wanted to play. Missy also observes some of the pr ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I consider myself a devotee of the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, but funnily enough, I haven't ret-read the books as an adult. I don't remember if the parents ever got taken to task over the kids' bad behavior in the original books. But in this book, they do, in a way that pays off nicely. Also, although Missy Piggle-Wiggle is magic, sometimes her cures are just common sense. This all worked nicely for me--a good tribute to a well-loved story. ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier

After receiving a letter from her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle moves into the upside-down house to look after Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s loving animals and the precocious children in Little Spring Valley.

Having just re-read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and finding it just as charming as I did as a child – with a couple of reservations ( see review), I was delighted to read this edition of stories lead by Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle great-ni
A Canadian Girl
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Inspired by a beloved series published over seventy years ago, Ann M. Martin has written Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure for readers (like me) who know nothing about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. To the parents in Little Spring Valley, Missy, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s great-niece, is a bit like Mary Poppins in that she can cure children of their bad habits. Although younger readers might be amused by the annoying habits of some of Little Spring Valley’s children and relate to them, I couldn’t help bu ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is an extension of an older book (Miss Piggle Wiggle), though I am unfamiliar with it. Readers in my position will not find this to be a stumbling block, however, as the scene is reminiscent of Mary Poppins, with a young lady who is called upon to entertain and discipline other peoples' children, which she does with a balance of common sense, fun, and a touch of something magical.

It is sweet enough, and a pretty easy read. Still, I could not get my 2nd grade son interested enough to e
Shirley Freeman
What a fun re-do! I remember reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a child though I can't remember many details so I can't comment on consistency. But this is a charming story in it's own right. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle needs to go find her pirate husband and she asks her great-niece to come stay in the upside-down house to take care of the animals. Like her great-aunt before her, Missy uses a powerful combination of magic and common sense to create happier and more well-adjusted children -- and parents too. ...more
Josh Newhouse
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 16july
As a huge fan of the original books this brought me back so many warm feelings. Once it got going it felt like it really captured that timeless magic. Only 2 minor quibbles, there is 1 page where rap, and a movie title are name-checked that felt like it was a little less timeless dating the books, and 1 story in which the kids fault was having a vivid absentminded imagination that the cure to me did not really address... Her issue was being late, and I would have liked it to be addressed without ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a delightful book. I am really just at a loss for words. It made me feel like a child again.
I recommend it to young and old.
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun book - done after a similar style as the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, violet, 2017
Somewhat less zany than the originals, but nice update overall. We especially enjoyed the parent cure and the illustrations from Ben Hatke.
A sweet continuation of the fun stories of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
Michelle Wrona
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure was a lovely middle-grade read that was so refreshing. It was different than everything I normally read, especially because I really do not pick up fantasy children's stories as I am always afraid that I will be put face-to-face with a Harry Potter wannabe story. (Sorry to all of you Harry Potter fans. It's just not my kind of read.) However, I have always been a fan of Ann M.
Lois R. Gross
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was always an extra special day when the elementary school teacher declared that we had been good all week and, as a special reward, she would read from one of Betty MacDonald's "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" books. The originals were charming, funny (at least for children in the 50s), and contained stories of slightly obnoxious children who whispered together, refused to wash behind their ears, and wouldn't clean their rooms. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle always came up with a peppermint stick or a fizzy drink w ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I was excited to read another Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book, and while I liked the characters, I felt that many of Missy's cures lacked the subtlty of her great-aunt's. While some are clever, many are disappointing. Many of the cures in the original books were non-magical, or magic was merely used to exaggerate a real-life effect. Furthermore, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle used magic to show children the natural consequences of their actions, whereas Missy's are more in the vein of real-life parental punis ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, magic, cute
I love this book a lot. It's my feel good book, and I read it whenever I need to catch up on books, feel better, or just find some motivation.

Since covid has been getting harder and my motivation went down the drain and I spent 22 days finishing Pyramids, I was 6 (now 5) books behind schedule and quite tired. So, of course, I turned to this book.

I hadn't read a lot of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle before this, only one. I really enjoyed it though, and this one was no different. The drawings are done wonder
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Pretty fun and imaginative. My daughter loved it, even though a lot of it was based on, "this kid is inconsiderate because of X" and the cures to said behaviour. She loved the concept of an upside-down house and a magical adult who helps and improves the behaviours of kids. She also likes Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee.

For my part, I enjoyed Missy and her cures, some of the children, and when one set of parents got a much-needed cure of their own. Showing young readers of this book that the worl
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone in search of her pirate husband and left her great niece Missy in charge of the upside-down house and all the animals - and well, she’s just as talented at helping the children of Little Spring Valley change their “naughty” behaviors as her famous aunt. With a combination of magical potions and parenting advice, a know-it-all, a gum smacker, a little boy who doesn’t care, a greedy sister and a wannabe spy all learn their lessons and change their ways.

Initially I was
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2-library-book
This was cute! Definitely in the spirit of the classic MPW books, but more modern (no spanking!) and we learn more about Missy than we ever did about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, since some chapters are focused on her alone. There's also more of an attempt at an overarching story instead of only short stories about individual kids and their cures.

Parents still don't know what to do about their kids' behavior, but without that conceit, there would be no need for Mrs. (or Missy) Piggle-Wiggle. Missy uses a
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Retains much of the charm and humor of the original series. My one complaint is too much exposition at the start. The beauty of the original Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books was that they didn't waste a lot of time with HER story. They very quickly moved to the terrible children, their beleaguered parents, and the passive-aggressive, hilarious, and effective cures. This reboot spends the first two chapters explaining how Missy came to sub for her magical aunt, and delivering her to Little Spring Valley, ...more
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me

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