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Mrs Wishy Washy
Mrs Wishy Washy

Mrs Wishy Washy

Board Book

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Customer reviews

Review by Miraflor on 15th December, 2011
4 stars "The book must be bigger in size"

Good story, however, the book itself should be bigger in size. Kids would love and appreciate it more if it's more visible specially in kindie schools where you put it in rolling board while narrating it to them.

Review by Bianca on 16th November, 2011
4 stars "Fun to read"

Great mat time story for the younger ones.

Review by Victoria on 5th March, 2011
5 stars "The original Wishy-Washy is a sure hit with kids and toddlers"

My daughter has adored Mrs Wishy-Washy's Splishy Sploshy since she was about 7 months old (now 15 months) and so I recently bought her Mrs Wishy-Washy. It's the original introduction to the crazy and fastidious Mrs Wishy-Washy who just loves to tub and scrub. Although it's designed for children learning to read clearly much younger children (and adults) will enjoy not only the story but the cleverly written rhythm and rhyme. It's a NZ classic that is part of a series that's had epic success around the world.



Release date NZ
April 4th, 2000
Interest Age
Reading Age
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Penguin Books (NZ)
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Over forty million children have been head to reading by the incomparable Mrs Wishy-Washy and her saucy barnyard friends. Now, for the first time, the younger child can begin that same wondrous journey into reading with this rollicking board book edition.

Cow, Pig, and Duck are playing in the mud, when along comes Mrs. Wishy-Washy. “Oh lovely mud,” think the three friends. But Mrs. Wishy-Washy says, “Just LOOK at you!” and washes them clean: wishy-washy, wishy-washy. But what do you think happens the moment Mrs. Wishy-Washy turns her back on this mud-loving trio? Better have a scrub brush ready!

A perfect introduction to the delightful storytelling of Joy Cowley.


Mud, lovely mud–the cow exclaims as she jumps in to roll about. The portly pig decides to join in the fun followed by the sassy white duck. Oh, this will never do! Mrs. Wishy-Washy is very distressed, and she soon dumps them one by one into a sudsy tub and scrubs until every speck of mud is gone. Content with her clean up, Mrs. Wishy-Washy walks away, and what do those animals do? They jump right back into the mud and resume playing. Mrs. Wishy-Washy has made the transition to board book and the antics of her farmyard friends will entertain a whole new generation of young children. Children's Li­terature

Author Biography

Joy Cowley is a multi-award winning New Zealand author of over 600 titles. She is famous in the United States as the author of the phenomenally successful Mrs Wishy-Washy series, which has sold over 40 million copies. Two of her novels, The Silent One and Bow Down Shadrach have won Children's Book of the Year awards in New Zealand; Ticket to the Sky Dance and Starbright and the Dream Eater have won junior fiction awards two years running. Joy was awarded an OBE in 1992 for her services to children's writing and in 2004 she was given the AW Reed Award for her contribution to New Zealand literature. Joy Cowley and her husband Terry have homes in the Marlborough Sounds and in Wellington.


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