Jillian Jiggs

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Written and Illustrated by Phoebe Gilman

Scholastic, 1985

“Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs! It looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!”

“Later. I promise. As soon as I’m through, I’ll clean up my room. I promise. I do.”

Now, Jillian meant every word that she said. But later, the promise flew out of her head…

Forgive me, Jillian Jiggs. My scanner could not do your fine illustrations justice — probably because the copy I own (passed down from my mother, a teacher for nearly thirty years) is a Scholastic Big Book and nearly as tall as I am. But here’s what you need to know: Jillian Jiggs is a little girl with a big, sproingy imagination. (That’s my own word, but read the book and you’ll see it fits.) Unfortunately, her elaborate games — playing pirates, chickens, dragons, trees, witches, etc. — wreak utter havoc on her bedroom, when all her exasperated mother wants her to do is Clean. It. Up. Jillian would be a blast to have as a friend (she’s a cross between Fancy Nancy and Olivia) but as a mother of two children who also have sproingy imaginations, I grudgingly admit I can relate to Jillian’s mother as well. (Minus, uh, the apron, dress, high heels, and what I believe is a very bad perm.)

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