Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
HarperCollins, 2007. 978-0064401517
Synopsis: 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 what better way to cure the rainy-day “waddle-I-do’s” than hunt for a pirate treasure in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s upside-down house? – from Amazon.com
Why I picked it up: These were and still are some of my favorite stories to read to myself or aloud.
Why I finished it: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has charmed generation after generation of children and adults alike, and she is continuing to charm them even after sixty years. The stories are humorous in a way that both parents and children can relate. We may never want to admit it, but we have been the kid with the bad table manners, or a heedless breaker, interrupters, tattle tales, and (more often than we care to admit) a waddle-I-doer. Plus, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is totally that adult that we all wanted and some of us were lucky enough to have in our lives when we were young. I don’t know of many adults who would be so willing to let people dig up their yards or go rooting through their houses looking for pirate treasure, but then again, how many people do you know whose husbands were pirates? Another thing to love about these stories is that the stories for the most part stand on their own. You don’t have to have read any of the other books to get a good idea of the characters and of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle herself. It’s a fun, family-oriented book that will be enjoyed for years and years and years after they have been ‘discovered’.
Other related materials: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 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