A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
If we have troublesome behaviors, we can change them. Our behavior affects others, and it's not good to be greedy, or thoughtless of others' feelings. Bookstores and reading are fun.
Positive Role Models
Missy's kind and fun and tuned into kids and their emotional needs. The kids change their behavior when it causes problems. Parents are supportive and loving, if sometimes clueless about how to deal with challenging or annoying behavior.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, by Ann M. Martin (Rain Reign), is a new addition to the old Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald, first published in 1947. Those books retain their charm and feature Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who devises unorthodox ways to address kids' behavior issues. This update introduces her great-niece Missy, who does the same. Since Missy sometimes uses potions and pills, parents might have a conversation with their kids about not relying on pills to correct problems or accepting drugs from others. The new book's author, Martin, brings just the right magical touch, in conjunction with MacDonald's great-granddaughter Annie Parnell. Captivating illustrations by Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) introduce readers to the quirky, wild-haired Missy.
Is It Any Good?
Readers are in excellent hands with this redo of a classic series that updates the books for a new generation while preserving the charm, humor, and warmth of the originals. Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure author Ann M. Martin brings to the project her expertise with series (The Baby-Sitters Club) as well as a deft literary touch. The new book's magical, full of the sort of potions that will excite Harry Potter readers, and it's told in prose so charming and inviting that kids won't care that the stories make fun of their annoying behaviors. The very silly names like Beaufort Crumpet and Edison Tickle clue readers in they're meant to laugh at themselves.
There's also a sweet bit of romance. When the touchingly awkward bookstore owner, Harold Spectacle, meets Missy, "A shower of sparks glittered briefly in the air and sputtered out." Readers may feel the same magic sparks when introduced to Missy and this delightful new addition to the series.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.