Monday, September 29, 2008

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Amazon page: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Wow. So this is quite the jump. In some ways this was a refreshing counter-part to the Raymond Feist book I finished at about the same time, as this is probably at the lower end of the reading level I am interested in. In fact I went back and forth as to whether or not I should count it, but in the end I decided to draw the line at 100 pages, and this was over that line, so it is in. Here are some thoughts on this classic childrens book:

Pros: So I picked this up on a recent library excursion partly out of nostalgia and partly for my kids. I remember loving the book because the lady in it seemed so silly, and that was about all I remembered of it. Lately, I have been wanting to read to my kids more often, and so this was the perfect target. All in all, this book satisfied both requirements. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is still too silly, and my kids really enjoyed the reading time. Even though it is a classic, it still did a great job of holding their attention (ages 5,6,9).

Cons: I didn't realize how old-fashioned this book was. Similar to other older books I have read (Gom on Windy Mountain, Wizard of Oz, etc.) this book was written at a time when the pace of every day life was a few notches slower, which can make it hard to relate to the characters. The language is outdated as well, although that isn't as much of a con since I think it is good for the boys to recognize that generations of kids before them grew up and flourished without playing computer games and watching movies every waking minute.

Overall, it was an OK read, although not nearly as good as Junie B. Jones for a similar age group (almost). [I need to read some of those just so I can write about them here. I highly recommend them.]

Date Completed:9/27/08