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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs [Paperback]

Jon Scieszka , Lane Smith
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March 7 1996

A spoof on the three little pigs story, this time told from the wolf's point of view. Lane Smith also illustrated Hallowe'en ABC which was one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year.

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Did 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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Designed with uncommon flair," said PW, this "gaily newfangled version of the classic tale" takes sides with the villain. "Imaginative watercolors eschew realism, further updating the tale." A Spanish-language reprint will be issued simultaneously ($4.99, -055758-X). Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars QUIET TIME FOR ALL March 31 2014
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WE LOVE TO READ TO OUR GRANDSON. HE LOVES THIS STORY. WE WILL DEFINITELY BUY MORE BOOKS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Feb. 8 2014
By Thea
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I have taken this book to adult parties and read it to everyone's delight. Many of my friends have ordered it to do the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Jan. 1 2014
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This is a fantastic book. I read it when I was younger and I had to share it with my kids! They really enjoy it too and I hope one day they want to share it with their kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teaching bias Nov. 11 2013
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After talking about the original story of "The Three Little Pigs, I read the this book. Then we discussed what "bias" meant. From here the students worked in groups to discuss how bias could/would change how events were depicted in print or movie/documentaries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Jan. 21 2013
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It was good, not perfect quality but I didn't need perfect. It is for children so it worked great. The kids loved the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book, but don't get it too early May 12 2004
By Dave
Format:Paperback
My elementary-school age son loves the upside-down fairy tale books, like The Stinky Cheese Man, The Wolf Who Cried Boy, or The Big Bad Pig and the Three Little Wolves. This book isn't as much fun for him as those, because at least 80% of the humor is intended for somebody no younger than 12.
*I* laugh my head off whenever we read it; it's certainly a five-star book. Just don't expect a young child to enjoy the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf reasserts innocence, calls for new trial Aug. 6 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:School & Library Binding
Finally, after all this time, Alexander T. Wolf (alias "the Big Bad Wolf") emerges to tell his side of the 3 Little Pigs tragedy. Blaming a publicity-frenzied press for exaggerating the truth of the story, he asserts his innocence, rationalizes the nature of the circumstances, and indulges here and there in the art of blaming the victim. While admitting that he did destroy the houses of the first two pigs and eat the unfortunate home-owners, he explains that "the real story is about a sneeze and a cup of sugar."

On the day in question, Mr. Wolf, despite suffering from a bad cold, was making a cake for his dear old granny when he ran out of sugar. Naturally, he went around to his closest neighbors (who happened to be pigs) asking to borrow enough to finish his cake, but the pigs were all quite rude and refused to help him. That would have been all there was to the story had it not been for the wolf's insufferable head cold, which caused him to sneeze on the occasions of his first two visits. It wasn't his fault that the first two little pigs had unwisely built their houses of straw and sticks, respectively. One sneeze was all it took to knock each house down onto it's piggy occupant -- and, seeing the pigs tragically killed, Mr. Wolf saw no reason to let a couple of perfectly good ham dinners lie there going to ruin. Wolves eat pigs -- it's just their nature. As to why he was seen attacking the front door of the third little pig's brick house, A. Wolf has a perfectly reasonable explanation for that, as well.

Perhaps I should point out the fact that A. Wolf did not technically write this book himself -- for obvious reasons (they don't allow typewriters in prison, and it's devilishly hard to hold and control a pen when all you have to work with are paws).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I found this objectionable July 21 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought this was a cute concept and was looking forward to giving it to my grandchildren. However, I was horrified when the wolf ate the pigs. The book was very funny except for this part so if eating the pigs doesn't bother you I would recommend it. However, I will be returning it.
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