Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Happy Birthday Mrs Piggle Wiggle 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 With a little help from her pets

  • Title: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  • Author: Betty MacDonald Anne MacDonald Canham Alexandra Boiger
  • ISBN: 9780060728120
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 With a little help from her pets, Wag the dog, Lightfoot the cat, and Lester the pig and a trunk full of magnificent powders and potions she can solve any problem, big or small And while Mrs Piggle WigglMrs 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 With a little help from her pets, Wag the dog, Lightfoot the cat, and Lester the pig and a trunk full of magnificent powders and potions she can solve any problem, big or small And while Mrs Piggle Wiggle is working her magic, the children are working some of their own, planning a boisterous birthday bash for everyone s favorite problem solver

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    1. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is back! 50 years after the original author’s death. Betty MacDonald’s daughter found one unpublished story and ideas for others, and wrote Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, the fifth book in the series. The first story, “The Just One More TV Show Cure” is obviously written by the original MacDonald and is the best story in the book. The others are written in the same style but lack that something that makes it stand out like the other Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories. Stil [...]

    2. This is the second Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book I've read to my daughter. My wife was a fan from childhood but I had never heard of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle before. Apparently the first one I read was written back in the 50's by Betty MacDonald whereas this one is comprised of a previously unpublished story and ideas for others that were found by her daughter. The story outlines were fleshed out into new installments in the franchise. My 8 year old, being way smarter than me, immediately picked up the more [...]

    3. Do you sometimes have the feeling like you don't want to brush your teeth or you don't want to stop watching TV. This book is great because it tells what would happen if you did or din't do those important and not important thing.I just love this book even thought, it is Czech but can be read in English!!!

    4. Read this with my grandson. I loved the stories with my children! This one is a wonderful tribute to Betty McDonald from her daughter. Lovely!

    5. This book was quite like the other Piggle-Wiggle books. I have only listened to 2 this past decade but this one seemed to take quite a bit directly from them and as a result read like a ghost-written sequel after an author's death - it had the right elements and fit in, but added nothing new nor even seemed to use notes of new stories but simply rewrote existing tales. For example, the fix with the dog seemed like and even more implausible version of the pig story (more implausible likely based [...]

    6. The books certainly create an effectI'm just not quite sure what it is yet. In all the children-behavior books I've read, there is a distinct lack of really common, yet really irritating, maladaptive behaviors mentioned. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fills that void. I loved reading about the stash and cram cure. The little ones loved laughing about the magical cure. And they've even adopted the terminology. As in "Have you found that toy you bought for the neighbor's dog?" answered "Yeah, I stashed and cr [...]

    7. This one has a good mix of magic and practical cures. I think Betty's daughter did a great job of capturing the spirit of the original stories. There are a couple solutions that are strongly reminiscent of previous cures (Wag coming over to teach teeth brushing just like Lester taught table manners, for example.)

    8. My daughter enjoyed this as I now haver her hooked on Mrs. Piggle Wiggle but I found it a bit too modern? This was published posthumously by MacDonald's daughter. The ideas and story lines had been noted but not all the stories complete. Still fun just a little different.

    9. Most of her cures were magic which is different from her first book where most of the cures were natural (like keeping a kid up late). I like the natural cures better because they were more interesting.

    10. I've been reading all of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books with my 7 year old. We've thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The character names are wonderful and the descriptions are so colorful that you can put yourself easily into the story. We have one left to go as we had to order an old copy to get Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm and then we are looking forward to moving on to Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

    11. I turned to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to help me cure my picky eater. Now, I'm familiar with her schtick: she usually relies on aversion therapy, magic, or--in the case of the picky eater cure--a combination of both. Unfortunately, she failed to understand the basic psychology of the picky eater, and therefore I have serious doubts that her cure would prove successful.The kid in this story eats a perfectly normal assortment of foods his whole life. Then one day, he turns up his nose at his old favorite [...]

    12. This one is written by one of Betty MacDonald's daughters. I don't think it's quite up to the quality of her mother's books, although it is very close. She wrote longer chapters in this one than the other Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books I've read aloud, so it was a bit more uncomfortable as a family read-aloud. Not a huge deal. Both boys, ages 8 and 5, loved this one as well as the others and would sit quietly and listen to it. This does not seem to happen with other types of books. I'm giving it three [...]

    13. For the first part of February I read a book called Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Despise the childish name that this book was given it was a very challenging book in my opinion. This book was placed in the 1990’s, which made it hard to relate to, but also gave me a perspective on how things were back then, because I was not alive yet.This book was based on a Woman named Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, who was very kind to everyone in her town. She let the children play in her yard, climb her tree, a [...]

    14. This wastedious. Reason being, the formula is the same for every single story, ad nauseum. Child has serious behavioral problem. Parents struggle with problem and fail to solve it. Mother, in distress, calls a friend to consult about problem; friend puts her to shame. Mother, as last resort, calls Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, who suggests a cure that is successful within 72 hours. The stories are also LOADED with detail, which seems appealing in the first story, a little heavy in the second, and positive [...]

    15. This fifth collection of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories was published after Betty MacDonald's death, based on papers her daughter found with one unpublished story and notes for others. The eight stories here have the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle flavor, following the formula as they do, but lack some of the spark of the original deal. In each, desperate parents turn to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to cure their children's bad habits, from refusing to brush their teeth to picky eating. A few of the cures are imaginative [...]

    16. This is not one of the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books from my childhood. This is one her daughter wrote based on one completed story and some jotted-down ideas after her mother's death. It definitely showed in the writing and even the story; they just had a different feel, and it was like they scraped the bottom of the barrel trying to come up with ideas for new "cures". From : "The final book in the series, Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (2007), was published sixty years after the origin [...]

    17. This was a fun visit to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle land. It was good to listen to with my kids because we would end up talking about how my kids are similar to and different from the problematic children in the stories. The "diseases" are very relevant, like the tendency to start projects and then become distracted before finishing them, but the solutions were a little unsatisfying because they involved magic items more than cleverness or ingenuity. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is definitely more of a fairy godmo [...]

    18. I like the premise of the book: In each chapter,Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cures a bad manner, bad habit, and even a fear of trying new things for some particular kid. However, the chapter's are so predictable they tend to lean on boring. This particular book was unpublished and found by Betty's daughter long after she had died. Her daughter later published it. I want to read another one of her books to see if the chapters are more developed and entertaining. Perhaps there was a reason that she didn't w [...]

    19. The only thing I don't like about these books is, as a mother, I hoped that I could actually get some points I could use. But magic, unfortunately, is not real, so floating papers, invisible paint, regurgitating drawers and surfaces, and dogs that brush their own teeth can't help me cure my own children's --itis and --- disease. However, with enough imagination, I might be able to apply Mrs. PiggleWiggle's cures in a more mundane manner. Otherwise, I love the idea that somewhere there's an adult [...]

    20. Well, I'm going to have to put this one back on the bookshelf for a while. If I haven't finished it in 3 months or so, I don't know that I ever will I was so excited to see this book in my daughters' book order from school, since Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was one of my very favorites as a child, but this just did not satisfy me at all. This one is actually written by the original author's daughter or something and it is just not the same. Or maybe I just remember it being better as a child Either way, [...]

    21. OMG!!! This book was awe-some!!! I wonder if Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a cure for Hates-Chores-Itis?!?! Also wonderful if she has a cure for Hates-Homework-Itis. Betsy Applebee you're DISGUSTING!!!!!!! I wonder if I'm like Katy McCloud????? Glad I'm not insulting like Blake Branson, or a picky eater like Will Pemberton!!! I wish I was at that party. *Sigh* It feels like I was watching the party from above. STILL!!!! a great book, enjoyed it all.Your Friendly Fifth Grader, Rhianna

    22. I love love love the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books and own all of the older ones. This one didn't quite have the quality that the older books had, although it is close. This book was published 50 years after the originals. The author's daughter found a finished story and some drafts for others, and completed this book. Of these stories, my favorite is the Never Finish cure, because I could use a dose of it myself from time to time. Although I only gave this 3 stars, if you loved the originals, you ow [...]

    23. Betty's daughter Anne found one of the stories that makes up this book in Betty's things after her death; the rest of the stories are written by Anne from Betty's notes. This was a pleasant surprise, actually. I wouldn't say that Anne captured Betty's unique style exactly, but she's managed to create a fairly entertaining book: not quite up to the rest of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, it's still a worthy attempt and a fun read.

    24. this was like hello and Mrs. piggle wiggle. number 1 was stay up all night to watch TV (Mike TV should do that.),2 was watch a dog brushing his teeth,3 was glowing pen and black paper for insults,4 was magic crystals,5 was watch people do stuff and read a lot,6 was invisible paint,7 was accomplishment powder

    25. Ellie and I were delighted to learn that Betty McDonald's daughter found an unpublished Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle story and notes for others after the author's death. This book is the result of those finds, and we enjoyed it just as much as the others. Ellie was especially excited to get to the chapter about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's amazing birthday party!

    26. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle solves more problems that parents are having with their children. She produces various powders and tonics from her arsenal to make the lives of parents easier. Invisible paint and accomplishment powder are just a few of her solutions to childrens' problems. I enjoyed the ending where all the kids come together to make Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday extra special.

    27. I liked this book because it reveals a whole lot of new, funny stories. My favorite part of this book is the chapter 'The insult cure' because it is really funny. The cure made the boy in the chapter [read the book to find out his name] hate insults so fast because his written insults kept him up at night. I would really recommend this book for other people to read.

    28. I love all Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! The only reason I lowered the rating on this is because I prefer the cures that are (somewhat) realistic. This story contained too many invisible paint or magic powder cures. Also, it seemed apparent that this book was written much later than the original and by someone other than just Betty MacDonald.

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