by Ann M. Martin
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
In this updated version of the children’s classic series Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, veteran author Martin teams up with the original author’s great-granddaughter, Annie Parnell, to revive this series for a modern audience. I was disappointed to re-read the originals, which I had loved as a kid, and find that they were incredibly dated and found myself longing for an update. (Housewives stayed home; doctors made house calls, etc.) So I was cautiously thrilled to see that Martin had read my mind!
Martin’s version gives Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s great-niece a cell phone but keeps the problems and the solutions as timeless as ever. I found myself incredibly critical of the parents, and at one point Missy also addresses a set of parents after also curing their kids, which was nice. In the end, the most outdated thing about the book was the completely predictable and shallow romance between Missy and Harold the bookstore owner. But overall, the magic – and the magic – is still there!