Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure: Book Review

October 24th, 2016 by

missy-piggle-wiggle-and-the-whatever-cure_ann-m-martinYou’ve probably heard of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who lives in the town of Little Spring Valley in an upside-down house with her many pets. Well, after many years as a friend to children everywhere, she’s packed up her bags in search of her husband the pirate, and asked her grandniece Missy Piggle-Wiggle to stop in on the upside-down house and look after matters while she’s away…

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s magical adventures began many years ago (1947, in fact!) when Betty MacDonald wrote the first book in the series. Missy’s new stories start now, in Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, written by beloved author Ann M. Martin! There’s no one better than the author of The Baby-sitter’s Club series to put a new twist on fun tales about kids and their curious ailments — like the very contagious I-Never-Said-itis and a case of the Whatevers.

Even though Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is mentioned, you can definitely enjoy this book without reading the original series — but the original series are worth the read, because they’re a hoot. They were illustrated by the wonderful Maurice Sendak, and Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure includes really fun drawings by Ben Hatke, the author and illustrator of the awesome Zita the Spacegirl series. Seriously, I didn’t think a drawing of civilized Lester the Pig sitting cross-legged could make me laugh so much:


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This book is just plain old-fashioned FUN! I don’t want to spoil too much of the book, but here are some tidbits: Missy meets many families and shopkeepers of Little Spring Valley, including the quirky bookseller, Harold Spectacle. There may or may not have been a burst of glitter in the air when they met. But best of all, the children of Little Spring Valley are all whimsically absurd and relatable in their own way — the Freeforall children (Honoriah, Petulance, and Frankfort) are a handful, and Melody Flowers is quite shy, and here are just some of the “cures” Missy has to mix up:

  • The Greediness Cure
  • The Tardiness Cure (I might need that one)
  • The Know-it-all-Cure
  • The I-Spy Cure
  • The Gum-Smacking Cure
  • The Whatever Cure
  • The Just-One-More-Minute Cure

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin is a giggle-worthy read, and I hope there are more planned for this reboot of the series. If you’ve picked it up, what did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy would also like Missy to look into the Don’t-Eat-Every-Donut Cure, which is likely tangentially related to the Greediness ailment.

A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin

June 16th, 2016 by

A Dog's Life Ann M MartinSubmitted by Taylor, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I haven’t read this book in so long. But it was so good I remember a lot of it. The main character is a dog named Squirrel. His mom had a litter of 4. Then she just left them randomly. So, Squirrel and his siblings go on an adventure to survive. Read on to see what happens.

A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin

December 24th, 2015 by

A Dog's Life Ann M Martin
Submitted by justin, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

this book is awesome because it has action it gets sad, happy, weird and scary.
there is a lot of death it is very sad. the dog is brave squirrel the dog is lovable but people don’t really like her.but still this book is awesome. you should read it.

The Baby Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

November 13th, 2015 by

BSCSubmitted by Paige, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

this book is a really good book i read this & I said “wow this is a good book I should read a norther book like this ” so i read smile and sisters they where by : Raina Telgaminer . the books by Raina are in kids momo too 🙂

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

October 23rd, 2015 by

Rain Reign_Ann M MartinSubmitted by james, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I love this book because it is happy and sad. This book is about a girl who losses her dog and goes to find her. If you are a dog person this is for you!

Kristy’s Great Idea (Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin

May 26th, 2015 by

Kristy's Great Idea_BSC_GraphixSubmitted by Alvina, Age 11 from Oregon

Rating: ★★★★★

Itnisnreally good I recommend it it has life lessons and things youn should not do before nowing them and I feel that it is anrelly good book. I recommend this book

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

February 28th, 2015 by

Rain Reign_Ann M MartinSubmitted by Holly, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★½

I adored this book! Rose has an obsession for homonyms and is especially happy her name is one(rose rows). When her father finds a dog for Rose it was obvious she had to name it a homonym. Rain. But when Hurricane Susan hits Rose looses Rain and does everything she can to find her. I liked this book so much because of the main character Rose, and her amazing background. I also love this author. Rain Reign is a gripping, fun, irresistible must read that will steal your heart!

A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin

December 12th, 2014 by

A Dog's Life Ann M MartinSubmitted by Alexia S., Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Have you ever wonder what life would be like if you were a stray dog?
A stray mother dog had four puppies in a wheelbarrow next to a shed of cats.
After the mother mysteriously disappears one day two of the pups, Bone and Squirl, go out on the biggest adventure they will ever have. Along the way they discover many things and hope they will find a family that will take them in and take care of them.
What will happen next? Read the book to find out.

By: Alexia S.

Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far): Book Review

August 31st, 2014 by

10-good-and-bad-things-about-my-life-so-farDid you know it’s almost September? Almost Labor Day? Almost the end of summer???

Of course, I’m an old person and I don’t get a nice long summer break like you do. But I did go to LeakyCon 2014 and do other fun things like attend an ice cream competition where I got to sample over 20(!) different flavors of homemade ice cream. Plus, this summer was not nearly as hot and sticky as past years when I have been so uncomfortable that I’ve regularly held my arms out in front of me to air out my armpits and therefore looked like a zombie walking down the street.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that there’s something sad about the summer ending, no matter how excited you might be about seeing your friends at school, or about not having to offend people with your armpits.

If you agree, then I suggest you pick up Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far) by Ann M. Martin. The book starts at the beginning of the school year, but it’s really all about the amazing summer that Pearl has with her family.

It’s not the summer they planned because Pearl’s father gets fired right before vacation starts. So instead of going on an epic Wild West trip, they do a staycation where they live (which is New York City). But Pearl and her older sister, Lexie, still also get to attend camp for part of the summer — which is great except for, well, let’s just say there are several incidents that occur (one involving broken bones).

Despite some disappointment, it’s a summer of adventure — even without taking a big trip — and I feel like I experienced it all with Pearl.

I recommend this book to fans of Sharon Creech and of course fans of Ann M. Martin!

This is actually the second book about Pearl and her family. The first one is called Ten Rules for Living with My Sister and it’s about what happens when Pearl and Lexie have to share a room when their grandfather comes to stay with the family. I haven’t read it yet, but now I want to! If you want to go in order, you can start with that one first — but if you’re looking for a summer story like I was, then go for Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far).

Did you do anything really fun this summer? Leave a comment and tell me YOUR summer story!

— Karen

Once again, Karen was completely jealous reading about a fictional character’s summer camp experience. Does anyone want to pay for Karen to attend a summer camp for adults? She’d be forever grateful!

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The Baby Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

March 28th, 2014 by

BSCSubmitted by angelina, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

this book is a easy book to read and would be good for anyone it is about a Mary ann and she is 12 years old and she is a baby sitter Mary ann and her friends started a club name the baby sitters club. A little while in the book they got into a big fight and the club almost split up

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