Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Martin, Ann. Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

Martin, Ann.  Missy Piggle-Wiggle.  Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends      2016    241p    $16.99 ISBN 978-1-250-07169-9     elem/ms  Fantasy  E-BN           

This is a delightful fantasy about a young girl who creativity helps several parents in town with their children’s behavioral troubles. Missy is known as the magic lady with potions that cure children’s misbehavior. Her unique cures help the children learn that they must take responsibility for what they do and say.

Their mother has hired Missy to babysit Honoriah, Petulance, and Frankfort Freeforall from Merriweather Court, who are grabby and wild children. Honoriah (a know-it-all), Petulance (greedy), and Frankfort (who doesn’t care about anything) find their behaviors changing after Missy applies her magical cures when she babysits them.

Other children in town fall to Missy’s magical cures as well. Georgie Pepperpot is cured of his “I Never Said That” attitude. Heavenly Earwig is cured of tardiness. Rusty Goodenough is cured of eavesdropping. Readers will experience some “oohs and aahs” and laughs as they read the solutions Missy has for each problem. This is a quick, humor-filled read.
Summary: Missy Piggle-Wiggle has come to town to care for her aunt’s house while she looks for her pirate husband. Missy concocts some inventive cures for bad behavior to help the parents of misbehaving kids.

Humor-Fiction, Behavior-Fiction                                                                               —Linda McNeil

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