Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs Piggle

Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house ans smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

The incomparable Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children good or bad and never scolds but has positive cures for Answer-Backers, Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders, and other boys and girls with strange habits. ‘[Now] in paperback . . . for a new generation of children to enjoy.’ — San Francisco Examiner Chronicle.

Illustrated by both Maurice Sendak and Hilary Knight, MacDonald began telling the Piggle-Wiggle stories to entertain her children.  MacDonald also originally wrote adult novels (more below), but her tales of the enchanting Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle took off and became very popular among children.

Published in the forties, MacDonald used her writing to create a whimsical neighbor, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who loved all children, who had a house that smelled of sugar cookies, and who helped parents “cure” their children of common ailments.  What kind of ailments? The Interrupters (children who interrupted), The Never-Want-To-Go-To Schoolers, The Show Off Cure, and the Slowpoke.  The Radish Cure is one of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s famous cures for children who didn’t like wash or bath.  Parents were instructed to let a child get so dirty, that when there is enough dirt on the arm, plant a radish seed.  When the radishes bloom, that child would quickly take a bath!

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is charming and delightful for parents and child readers. I had worn copies of these books as a child, and I plan to keep a box set to read to my own children.  Truly, this is a fantastic classic set of stories!

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Boxed Set: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic; Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm

MacDonald, as mentioned, did write several popular adult novels, too. Her memoirs are quite popular, and, in fact, Onions in the Stew, is a great look at how she lived on an island in Puget Sound with her husband and teenagers during the fifties.

Author: Betty MacDonald 



  1. I LOVED Miss Piggle Wiggle as a child! The radish cure was one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing her at the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for the trip down memory lane!!!

    June 7, 2014
  2. Jenny said:

    We were given a copy of Mrs. PIggle Wiggle a couple of months ago, and we fell in love with her. She is fantastic. Hopping over as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    June 8, 2014
  3. Stacie Theis said:

    I had forgotten all about Miss Piggle Wiggle, which I had read a few times as a child. Thanks for reminding me about these delightful stories.

    June 11, 2014

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