“Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald is the story of a quirky, yet caring woman who smells of cookies and lives all alone in an upside-down house. Although she doesn’t have any of her own, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle enjoys the company of children so much, she allows them to come over any time they please, and she becomes known around the town by the parents as a “child-expert”.
Whenever a parent has a problem with a child that is out of their control, they consult Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a name for every sort of naughtiness, as if they were actual sicknesses. Along with every “sickness”, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle also has a cure. And her solutions always work, no matter how ridiculous they may sound!
Each chapter of the book highlights a different family’s problem with their child. A chapter starts by detailing the problem with the child, then the parent’s eventual frustration by not being able to handle the problem, then the diagnosis by Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and her recommendation. The best part of each chapter is watching the parents follow-through with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s “cures” because they are always so silly!
How did Charlotte enjoy it?
The chapters of “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” were pretty long, but it was such an easy read that Charlotte didn’t seem to notice whatsoever. Each chapter felt like a mini-story and Charlotte enjoyed hearing the names of the chapters (which are the names of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s cures) and trying to guess what type of naughty behavior would pop-up next.
Charlotte’s favorite chapter was “The Fighter-Quarrelers Cure” which is about twins girls who bicker constantly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s solution is for the parents to secretly copy down everything the girls quarrel about for a whole day, then act it out in front of them the following day. Charlotte couldn’t stop laughing and it made me laugh out loud, too!
If I were to put an age recommendation on “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”, I’d say it’d be most enjoyed by children ages 5 to 10 years old.