What We Are Reading: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (a book review)

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mrs. piggle-wiggle “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.

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6 Responses to What We Are Reading: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (a book review)

  1. Amanda Smith says:

    My granddaughter loves to read. I will have to check int this book for her.

  2. Carolyn says:

    We were needing a new read! I love that each chapter felt like a mini story, sounds perfect!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!! I would get the giggles every time I would read one when I was a tween. I can’t wait until my little ones are ready for these!! Thanks for a walk through memory lane.

    • Celeste says:

      I had forgotten just how silly the stories were until I read them to my daughter :) Definite trip down memory lane. Thanks for coming by :)