When I first began reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald aloud to my two boys, I wasn't sure what to expect. We quickly found ourselves chuckling, giggling, and laughing out loud.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is an older lady who lives in an upside down house with "no family at all." However, she quickly befriends all the neighborhood children with her stories, games, and fun! She allows the kids to dig for treasure in her backyard, comb her hair, and make a mess baking cookies in her kitchen. The real laughs begin, though, when Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle begins to give the neighborhood parents "wonderful cures" to help them correct their children's poor behavior. Her cures include The Won't-Pick-Up-Toys Cure, The Answer-Backer Cure, The Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure, The Fighter-Quarrelers Cure, and more. All of these cures are hilarious, but when we got to The Radish Cure to help little Patsy learn to take a bath, I laughed so hard I cried!
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is eight short but wildly-entertaining chapters long and highly recommended by the Mullin family!
Note: If you don't read aloud books as a family, turn off the television and try reading this book together. It's great, cheap, memorable family fun!