Wednesday, November 28, 2012
So you loved P. L Travers and/or Disney's Mary Poppins (yes, they're different), and your kids are begging for more. Enter: Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (text c. 1947, renewed 1975). And critically acclaimed artists Hilary Knight's pictures (illustrations c. 1957) and Alexandra Boiger's illustrations are a wonderful addition to MacDonald's charming text.
Betty MacDonald spun her stories first to her daughters' delight and then for the whole world to enjoy. As our publisher (Scholastic) accounts: Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She lives in an upside-down house and 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. Robert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.
Ages 6 to 10
And when you discover that you have reached the end of the book and the kids are still begging for more, don't fret, there's always: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic, Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (illustrated by none other than Maurice Sendak)
This post is lovingly dedicated to all four of the Lewis children. Have a great week, friends!