The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig Paperback – Apr 1 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!!
Kids will laugh at his resourcefulness and cunningness as he outsmarts those little wolves and sends them packing from house to house. Finally, at their wits end, the wolves totally change their strategy of what materials to use, and ask a passing flamingo if they could use his "flowers" to construct their new home. They creatively design this amazing fragrant house and what happens then will change the pigs life forever. Miracles can happen, hard hearts can be softened and enemies can be coverted into lifelong friends. The illustrations are charming, full of expression and wit and could tell the story all on their own. This is a brilliant story with a fun turn of events that will have both kids and adults alike laughing out loud and cheering those little wolves on to success. Everyone loves a happy ending....and they all lived happily ever after....the perfect ending to a fairy tale indeed.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 8 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 11 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 15 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 21 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
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