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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig [Paperback]

Eugene Trivizas
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April 1 1997
In a modern twist on a familiar fairy tale, three cuddly wolves try to protect themselves from a menacing pig by building an impenetrable house, but it's a chance meeting with a flamingo that finally solves their dilemma. Reprint. SLJ. AB. PW. "

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A talented team ingeniously up-ends the classic tale of the three little pigs, and the laugh-out-loud results begin with the opening illustration--a mother wolf lounges in bed, her hair in curlers and her toenails freshly polished, with her three fluffy, cuddly offspring gathered round. The wolf siblings, amply warned about the big bad pig, construct their first house of sturdy brick, a medium which resists the pig's huffing and puffing but is no match for his sledgehammer. Their abodes become progressively more fortress-like, and the pig's implements of destruction, correspondingly, grow heftier, until the wolves try another tack and weave a house of flowers. The fragrance so intoxicates and tames the pig that he and the wolves live together happily ever after. In his English-language debut (see note, p. 55), Trivizas laces the text with funny, clever touches, from an ensemble of animals who obligingly donate whatever building materials the wolves require, to the wolves' penultimate, armor-plated residence replete with a "video entrance phone" over which the pig can relay his formulaic threats. Oxenbury's watercolors capture the story's broad humor and add a wealth of supplementary details, with exquisite renderings of the wolves' comic temerity and the pig's bellicose stances. Among the wittiest fractured fairytales around. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreSchool-Grade 3. A menacing pig is thwarted by three endearing young wolves in this new twist on the porcine favorite. Three cheers for these frisky, frolicking creatures?and for the swine who learns the joy of friendship and beauty.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hysterical new twist on an old theme March 6 2001
I was looking at this book in our school library when a fellow teacher leaned over my shoulder, read the title, and said, "Oh, no! I bet this one is hysterical!"
She was right.
The obvious role-reversal of Wolf and Pig in the retelling of this old classic is sure to make any child giggle even before the book is opened. Once you DO start reading it, stand back! Three cuddly little wolves are sent by their mother out into the world to make their way (mom is painting her nails black and has curlers in her hair and tail--a very nice touch!). The three wolves, in a departure from the original tale, borrow some bricks from a passing kangaroo and build a sturdy brick house.
All goes well and they're out in the garden playing croquet when the Big, Bad Pig comes sauntering along. The wolves hid inside, won't let him in, and the Big Bad Pig tries to blow the house down.
He cant, of course. The house is brick! But, "the pig wasn't called big and bad for nothing. He went and fetched his sledgehammer and knocked the house down." The illustrations by Ms. Oxenbury of the pig smashing the walls with a hammer while the wolves flee through a window is worth the cost of the book alone. But, wait! There's MORE!
They build a succession of stronger houses, each which is demolished by the pig (he uses a pneumatic hammer and dynamite). Only when they try to change their tactics and make a house of FLOWERS does the pig change his ways and see how destructive and obnoxious he was.
This is a marvelous book, and no mistake. There are probably a good 200 versions of the Three Little Pigs, many of which end with the grisly death of the wolf. In the Three Little Wolves, not only is the reader immediately hooked on the role reversal of wolf and pig, but the text and illustrations are simply hysterical and the peaceful ending make it far more enjoyable than the original fable. This is a book that should be in everyone's library!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Remake of the Classic Aug. 11 1999
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As a parent with young children who like to be read to every night, it is very easy to quickly approach fifty readings of the same story. It can be painful, and all we as parents can do is try to introduce into the household books that we also appreciate. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is absolutely hilarious. There is the obvious role reversal and the introduction of modern building materials for the wolves, such as Plexiglas and video surviellance, and equally destructive tools are available to the big bad pig. The pig is a persistent menace who craftily wields a pneumatic drill and gleefully triggers the dynamite fuse, and it is easy to worry about conveying the wrong message to the kids while laughing so hard that I had to take a composure break. In the end, sensitivity wins over brute force and the positive massage is clear to all, but not before very clever entertainment through great illustrations and witty prose. It so apparent that the authors enjoyed writing this book, as we enjoyed reading it.
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The three little wolves and the big bad pig tells the classic story of the three litttle pigs and th big bad wolf, with a few twists. Instead of three little pigs, three little wolves have to contend with the treacherous big bad pig. The wolves also use nonconventional methods to build their houses, and the pig uses it's modern ways to knock them down.
The antics of the wolves making houses out of brick, cement, and metal, as well as the pig destroy their hard work with a sleedgehammer, pnuematic drill, and dynamite, controls most of the comical antics of this story. The zaniness of the events that occur will leave the reader laugh and imbued with happiness.
While containing many modern elements, the three little wolves and the big bad pig still contains classic yet crucial parts of the original tale. for instance, in the beginning, the three are told to go make a life for themselves by their mother, as well as the huffing, the puffing, and blowing the house in.
From page to page, this well-written book will make you think you know the ending, but surprise you with a totally different one! The story won't keep you on the edge of your seat, but rather on the floor laughing at this hilarious book. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig Feb. 21 2001
By A Customer
I thought that this book was most interesting out of all of the childrens books that I have read. I liked this book because it is funny, especially with the switching of the wolves and pigs. The story takes dangerous animals and turns them into meek little animals. Then it takes an ordinary barn yard pig and makes him into the bad guy. so the whole story has been turned around.
It is neat how the big bad pig takes the power tools and knocks down the houses instead of using his breath by huffing and puffing and blowing the houses down.
The wolves use their friends the beaver, kangaroo, rhinoceros, and the flamingo as there suppliers for the materials to build their houses. They do not have to pay for the supplies, they just ask for the materials and their friends give them what they need.
The rhinoceros was more than happy to give the needed supplies along with other supplies that they did not even ask for, to his friends because he was feeling generous and kind hearted.
The Kangaroo gave them some bricks that were yellow and red so their house would be strong. But that failed because the pig was able to smash the house down with his sledge hammer.
The beaver gave the wolves concrete so they could build a stronger house. But the Big Bad pig used his pneumatic drill and knocked the house down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No huffing please, just inhale
What a wonderful twist on a very beloved, familiar fairytale. Mommy wolf is portrayed at the beginning of the book with her hair in curlers, her toenails polished and giving... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Storywraps
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
A really great story with beautiful illustrations for children and adults of all ages. Would definitely recommend as a gift for grandchildren.
Published 4 months ago by CM
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent variation on the three little pigs fable
This book is particularly excellent, not only for its illustrations, but also for its originality in trying a new version of the timeless three little pigs. Read more
Published on March 18 2010 by Omnes
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "Three Little Pigs" variant out there!
I've read and reviewed most of the basic tellings of "The Three Little Pigs", as well as most of the variants. Here's my take on it. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by "katzechen"
5.0 out of 5 stars hillarious.....
Our oldest son read this book at school and he liked it so much that he insisted we buy it. When my husband and I read it we could not stop laughing. Read more
Published on July 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Children's Story
I teach children's storytelling; this is my students' favorite story. Because it is just a little more extreme than the original 3 Little Pigs story, and because it reverse the... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2001 by Charity
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
My mother in law has long been animatedly telling my three yr old the story of the three little pigs whenever we're stuck in the car for a while-- and he loved every minute of it,... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2001 by M. Dalrymple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist to an old classic!
Definately reccomended! I got just as much of a kick out of the story as my daugter did. This is definately on of my favorite childrens books to read. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2001 by Cathy Slay
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
My mother in law has long been animatedly telling my three yr old the story of the three little pigs whenever we're stuck in the car for a while-- and he loved every minute of it,... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Oldie
I do not agree with the person who gave the book only onestar. The story is a cool new story. The old version was prettystupid. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2000
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