Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Box Set

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Box Set

Includes Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic; Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm...

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Title:Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Box Set
Author:Betty MacDonald
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Edition Language:English

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Box Set Reviews

  • Jen

    Absolutely LOVED these books as a kid!

  • Emily

    We've read these books together many, many times, and the kids STILL ask for them! That is a sure sign that they're good! :)

    As a mom, I LOVE the repetition for kids—there is a problem identified, a cure given, and all is well within 20 pages or so! It’s perfect to read one cure a night at bedtime, and they get the full gambit of the story from beginning to end before they slip off into dreamland! They’re sweet, funny, and predictable, which is perfect for kids!

    The conversations of the moms with

    We've read these books together many, many times, and the kids STILL ask for them! That is a sure sign that they're good! :)

    As a mom, I LOVE the repetition for kids—there is a problem identified, a cure given, and all is well within 20 pages or so! It’s perfect to read one cure a night at bedtime, and they get the full gambit of the story from beginning to end before they slip off into dreamland! They’re sweet, funny, and predictable, which is perfect for kids!

    The conversations of the moms with other moms are HILARIOUS!!! They’re perfect!! You call another mom to ask her for advice, but she goes off on how perfect her kids are and what THEY do is always right and wonderful...I laughed and laughed every time a mom would call her 'friend' to ask for help!

    The cures in the first book are actually something that could be possible. Such as letting your kid live in his mess of a room until he can't possibly get out! Ha!

    The middle two of the series have cures that involve magic pills/powders/talking animals that produce some pretty hilarious results (think pigs with manners, magic powder that makes show-offs invisible, pills that produce smoke with tattletales that puff out of the mouth…) They're fun and the kids loved them--always wondering what cure would be thought up next!

    The last book (Mrs. P’s Farm) has cures that could reasonably happen (ie without magic), however the animals are very human-like and thus the cures have that added ‘charm’ so it’s not a ‘how-to’ book that can still be enjoyed by children and parents alike! All the animals have special 'talents' and seem very human like! Especially that crazy parrot! :)

    The family setting is very ‘nuclear’—Mom, Dad, kids, family pets… The moms all stay home and bake goodies all day, and are pretty pathetic and wishy-washy. The dads go to work and read the paper and yell if anyone is too loud…they're quick to punish and ignore their family while reading the paper, and have no time to help the moms at all. The kids all walk to school by themselves and play all day without the moms really knowing where they are (the moms will call Mrs. P and Mrs. P will say she knows the children well and the moms are usually quite surprised by this!!!) Also, there's the old-school way of doling out punishment: yelling and spanking. The kids call each other names...and sometimes even call their parents names! (Such as dummy or idiot) I admit, I skipped over those when I read them aloud. Someday, my kids are going to go back and read these to themselves (or their children) and wonder why it is different than what I read! Ha!

    My kids laugh and laugh and laugh! They really love the Never-go-to-bedders cure, the radish cure, the thought-you-said cure...and so many more!! As a kid, you can relate and find the action funny and wish you could do all those fun things, too! As an adult, you can also relate—recognizing all those ‘diseases’ in your own kids—and wish that you had a cure-all just a phone call away! I could sure use Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle once in awhile, and if anyone has her contact info, feel free to share!

  • Jennie

    One of my favorite childhood collections! A fabulous early chapter book. Each chapter can be read as a self-contained story, making them excellent for a "one chapter a night" bedtime read. Each story of a child's less than desirable behavior is told from the parents' perspective (which is a good taste of realism for the children reading them), but Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures are deliciously childlike and have just the perfect dash of magical realism tossed in.

    If you're looking for life-changing i

    One of my favorite childhood collections! A fabulous early chapter book. Each chapter can be read as a self-contained story, making them excellent for a "one chapter a night" bedtime read. Each story of a child's less than desirable behavior is told from the parents' perspective (which is a good taste of realism for the children reading them), but Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures are deliciously childlike and have just the perfect dash of magical realism tossed in.

    If you're looking for life-changing illustrations, these aren't the books for you. Illustrations are minimal black and white pencil sketches. Emphasis is definitely on the stories.

  • Amber

    Do not even get me started on Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. If you did not have the luck, privilege or awesome mother that I did growing up please do yourself a favor and read these books, friend.

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is the super cool older lady in the neighborhood. She lives in an upside-down house in which her deceased husband (a PIRATE) left a box of cures for all the stupid things kids do and she is just like Kix cereal! Kids love her because they don't know that she is secretly in league with their par

    Do not even get me started on Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. If you did not have the luck, privilege or awesome mother that I did growing up please do yourself a favor and read these books, friend.

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is the super cool older lady in the neighborhood. She lives in an upside-down house in which her deceased husband (a PIRATE) left a box of cures for all the stupid things kids do and she is just like Kix cereal! Kids love her because they don't know that she is secretly in league with their parents to get them to behave. And even if they didn't, she still has the coolest house ever.

    Basically, each story is some kid has a problem, like they are a picky eater who eats slowly and takes tiny bites (chapter title: The Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker Cure, of course). Mrs. Piggle Wiggle provides the parents with S-E-T-B-T plates that will only serve progressively smaller portions of food until the poor kids does not have the nutrients he needs to function.

    Wait. I guess that actually maybe some form of child neglect.

    Ok. For the Don't-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle prescribes the cure of letting the kids stay up as late as they want. After a few nights of this, the kids are so tired that the suddenly want to go to bed at 7:00 pm. That's a little better, yes?

    There are other cures which are more magical, powders, pills, potions etc. This could be viewed as a prophetic vision to our current drugs-for-kids culture (Ritalin, etc) OR it could just be that magic is really really excellent.

  • Vivian

    A classic for a reason--It's damn good. Funny and engaging for children, and adults if you're still reading together.

    Highly recommended.

  • Jacinda Blackwill

    We read this book as a class when I was in grade school. I never forgot this series and bought the set for my own kids. Chapters are easy to read and make for a good, somewhat short, bedtime stories!

  • Beth Bryant

    These books are imaginative and humorous as they look at problems kids (and parents) have. Although Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s cures are not currently available, she helps us look creatively at our problems and find our own solutions.

  • Nayna P.

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty McDonald is a quick read kind of childish book, but will make you laugh. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a woman who lives on a street with many children, who adore very much. Her house is upside down and it makes a fun playhouse for the children who come every day. Not only is Mrs. Piggle Wiggle great with kids, she also knows a lot about them. She has many funny sounding "cures" for children who don't behave that well. One of my favorite cures is won't-take-a-bath-idis. It's

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty McDonald is a quick read kind of childish book, but will make you laugh. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a woman who lives on a street with many children, who adore very much. Her house is upside down and it makes a fun playhouse for the children who come every day. Not only is Mrs. Piggle Wiggle great with kids, she also knows a lot about them. She has many funny sounding "cures" for children who don't behave that well. One of my favorite cures is won't-take-a-bath-idis. It's about a girl who won't take a shower to her mother calls Mrs. Piggle Wiggle ( like every other parent on the street ). She tells her to put fertilized soil on her daughter when she is sleeping, then the next day put radishes, onions, or garlic in the dirt and wait for it to grow. Soon the radishes grow and no one wants to be near her even her best friend, so her mother tells her the only way to fix the problem is take a shower. My mom read that chapter and I started showering every day, didn't want to end up like her. This book is a fun, exciting book, and it will get a laugh out of you. Out of a 5 star rating, I would give it a 4. This is a fun book for everyone and is one of my favorite small books.

  • Adrian

    These stories make me laugh. They are a lovely time capsule from the 1950s and I can see how they shaped my thoughts about what motherhood would be like. When I shared some with my husband, he pointed out a couple of things: first, that the parents never took the time to examine the underlying cause of the bad behavior - it was always just assumed that it was a bad habit that the child needed to be trained out of; and second, that artificial consequences could effectively change bad habits. Both

    These stories make me laugh. They are a lovely time capsule from the 1950s and I can see how they shaped my thoughts about what motherhood would be like. When I shared some with my husband, he pointed out a couple of things: first, that the parents never took the time to examine the underlying cause of the bad behavior - it was always just assumed that it was a bad habit that the child needed to be trained out of; and second, that artificial consequences could effectively change bad habits. Both of those are very 1950s parenting philosophies, and I hope I do better with that. When I tried reading these with my oldest daughter awhile ago, she thought they were weird. The funny names make me laugh, and the situations also make me laugh. As a child, I remember wondering if it was really possible to cry so much that you filled up the courtyard at school. The adult me knows that it's not. I really enjoyed re-reading these (all four of them) but I don't know if I'll share them with my kids or not.

  • Brenna Kerley

    Surprisingly, I did not enjoy this book in any way. I thought the humor in this book was too immature for my taste and I had a very difficult time appreciating the text that was written. I thought I would give this book a try because just by the cover, I really thought I would enjoy this book a lot more. I can see why some do enjoy this book. It is a very easy read and some younger students may appreciate the humor of the nanny, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and her humor she brings into the family. SHe ha

    Surprisingly, I did not enjoy this book in any way. I thought the humor in this book was too immature for my taste and I had a very difficult time appreciating the text that was written. I thought I would give this book a try because just by the cover, I really thought I would enjoy this book a lot more. I can see why some do enjoy this book. It is a very easy read and some younger students may appreciate the humor of the nanny, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and her humor she brings into the family. SHe has a witty personality and is quite clumsy for an older nanny. The kids fall in love with her goofy ways and I can see how some students may appreciate that kind of literature. The illustrations in this book are very light and bright which bring the book to life.

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