Title: Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure
Author: Ann M. Martin, Annie Parnell, & Ben Hatke
Synopsis: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Whatever Cure and the Just-a-Minute Cure, for instance. What is a stressed out parent to do? Why, call Missy Piggle-Wiggle, of course!
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!
After the #TeensReadFeed event hosted by Raincoast, this actually ended up being my most anticipated read from the event. I admit, I had never ever heard of the Miss Piggle-Wiggle series, I thought I’d be missing out on something having read this book. Thankfully, that is not the case.
This is the tale of Missy Piggle-Wiggle, who has taken over the Upside-Down House while her aunt Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone on a journey to find her husband. It is Missy’s job to help the people of Little Spring Valley with whatever problems they might be having, while also conjuring up cures to assist with their problems.
I thought this book was utterly delightful and very cheeky. Missy is a delightful heroine and Wag the dog was a great companion character. What is great about this book is that the focus is on how MIssy Piggle-Wiggle helps all the different children in Little Spring Valley with their ailments. My particular favourite was Samantha, especially given that her problem is that everything is “just one more minute”! I will say, I laughed at that pretty hard, but only because it’s my own namesake and every so often (and my husband can attest to it) I like to pull that same card out. I liked that each interaction with a different child felt self-contained, and there was always a touch of humour and heart to each situation.
Plus, Ben Hatke’s artwork (well, what was present in the ARC) was absolutely fantastic and I really cannot wait to see how the resent of the illusrations look when a finished copy arrives on shelves. His art does an amazing job complementing the story.
And really, there’s just a lot to love about Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure. It’s charming, funny, and it will make you grin like a fool as you’re reading it. These are my favourite kinds of middle grade novels, and with the cliffhanger of an event, I hope this becomes a new series, because I really want to see what other whacky adventures Missy gets herself into.