Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
HarperCollins, 2007. 978-0397317127
Synopsis: Meet Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! She’s the kind of grown-up you would like to have for a friend-and all her friends are children. She is a little lady with brown sparkly eyes. She lives in an upside-down house, with a kitchen that is always full of freshly baked cookies. Her husband was a pirate, and she likes to have her friends dig in the back yard for the pirate treasure he buried there. Best of all, she knows everything there is to know about children. When a distraught parent calls her because Mary has turned into an Answer-Backer or Dick has become Selfish or Allen has decided to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the answer. And her solutions always work, with plenty of laughs along the way. – from Amazon.com
Why I picked it up: I loved this books as an elementary school student and they are still some of my favorite stories to read to myself or aloud.
Why I finished it: This short chapter book has been charming both children and adults for over sixty years. They are silly, fun, imaginative, and relatable for readers of all ages. How many of us didn’t like picking up our toys, or talked back, or fought with our siblings, or knew of someone who did. The cures themselves are perhaps a little over the top in some cases, but they have become just as well known as the woman who ‘prescribes’ them. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and the children she helps are somewhat inspiring, encouraging the reader to think outside the box to solve problems. Now, I probably wouldn’t go as far as to plant radishes on a child that doesn’t bathe, but the point is that there is more than one angle with which we can address issues. It teaches us a lesson about the way we act toward each other and how we interact with the world at large. They’re classic stories that are well-loved by generations and will continue to entertain both children and adults for many more years to come.
Other related materials: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger; Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Maurice Sendak; Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger; Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald and Anne MacDonald Canham, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger; Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren; Charlotte’s Web by E.B White, illustrated by Garth Williams; Stuart Little by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams; Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Garth Williams; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake; Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish and Herman Parish; The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children edited by William F. Russell