Monday, July 11, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

My amazing mother-in-law gave my girls some of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books for their birthdays. These were books she used to read to her kids. I had never heard of them. The series of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books came out in 40's and 50's by Betty MacDonald. Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is written by Betty MacDonald's daughter. My girls dove in and loved them and then I felt jipped as a child because I missed out on such fabulous books. So my pick today is:

Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald, Anne MacDonald Canham
Published in 2007

Other Books in the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series:
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic
Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm

The Hook: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is back with a brand-new bundle of wonderfully magical cures for any bad habit--from watching too much TV to picky eating to fear of trying new things.

Why My 9-year-old loved it (by Lauren): I think these are my new favorite books. [More than Roald Dahl?] Yes, I like the fun magic cures and how she has all these fun magical things like invisible paint and powder that makes you finish one thing before you can start something else. She has these great pets...let me go get my book: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, Lightfoot the cat, Penelope the parrot and Spotty the pony. They are all trained to do things like have good table manners or brush their teeth. It's fun because she'll send the pets over to help the kids learn how to be better. These books are great for both boys and girls and I would recommend them for younger middle graders.

Other Great MMGMers:
What middle grade books you are just discovering now that are considered classics?


  1. Oooh, I haven't heard of these before. I'll have to check them out.

  2. I used to love the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books but I'd forgotten about them. I didn't realize her daughter had written one now. How very interesting! I bet my daughter would like these.

  3. I was not aware of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books while growing up either, but it does remind me of a grocery store we had names Piggly Wiggly. =) Thanks for the review.

  4. I must must read these. Known about them for a long time now, just never got around to reading...need to do more reading of all the classics.