Thursday, June 8, 2017

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin - ESSENTIAL

Martin, Ann M. Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, 242 pgs. MacMillan (Feiwel and Friends), 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone in search of her pirate husband and left her great niece Missy in charge of the upside-down house and all the animals - and well, she’s just as talented at helping the children of Little Spring Valley change their “naughty” behaviors as her famous aunt.  With a combination of magical potions and parenting advice, a know-it-all, a gum smacker, a little boy who doesn’t care, a greedy sister and a wannabe spy all learn their lessons and change their ways.  

Initially I was worried that this series was a generation too late - that the magic would be lost on children who hadn’t read the original series - but I loved it.  It totally stands alone - just enough background is given to explain the upside down house and the magical elements, and then right into the first cure.  Oh, I hope Ann Martin writes more.  This was a delight (and a trip down memory lane) 

EL - ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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