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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.
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.
My students and I liked this book a lot. We enjoyed the ways the pig blew up the houses, especially the use of dynamite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carlene Walter
This is the second best book ever! I love giving it as a gift to new parents. If only the best book ever would be reprinted - What's that Noise (1996) by Francesca Simon.Published 8 months ago by Willard D.
It is a great book for Grade 2 and up. It is a little wordy for a younger group. Fantastically detailed artwork, budding architects will love this book.Published 12 months ago by Theresa Sandul
A really great story with beautiful illustrations for children and adults of all ages. Would definitely recommend as a gift for grandchildren.Published 18 months ago by CM
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 morePublished on March 18 2010 by Omnes
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 morePublished on Aug. 1 2002
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 morePublished on July 8 2002
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 morePublished on Oct. 31 2001 by Charity