The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.
 
In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
 
“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith’s simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
—Children’s Literature
 
“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
—School Library JournalDid the story of the three little pigs ever seem slightly biased to you? All that huffing and puffing–could one wolf really be so unequivocally evil? Finally, we get to hear the rest of the story, “as told to author Jon Scieszka,” straight from the wolf’s mouth. As Alexander T. Wolf explains it, the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding. Al Wolf was minding his own business, making his granny a cake, when he realized he was out of a key ingredient. He innocently went from house to house to house (one made of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks) asking to borrow a cup of sugar. Could he help it if he had a bad cold, causing him to sneeze gigantic, gale-force sneezes? Could he help it if pigs these days use shabby construction materials? And after the pigs had been ever-so-accidentally killed, well, who can blame him for having a snack?

As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, (another stellar collaboration by Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith), children who know all the old stories by heart will delight in reading impudent new versions. Here, Scieszka’s text is clever, savvy, and tabloid-quick, and Smith’s stretchy-strange illustrations complete this funny, irreverent, thoroughly original tale. (Ages 4 to 8)

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3 Comments

  1. GREAT book for not only kids but ADULTS..trust me!! I’m STILL chuckling after buying this book and reading it before gifting it to my nephew Greg, 11, and Kayla, 7. And,. as with other books by Jon Scieszka, the huge problem is: I want this book for MYSELF. 

  2. What a blast to read this one aloud!! Sure it’s a good way to get your youngsters to start to think about the possibility that there is more than one “side” to a story, but that would just make this book sound “educational” and where would be the fun in THAT!? 

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