The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Paperback – Mar 1 1996
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"There has obviously been some kind of mistake," writes Alexander T. Wolf from the pig penitentiary where he's doing time for his alleged crimes of 10 years ago. Here is the "real" story of the three little pigs whose houses are huffed and puffed to smithereens... from the wolf's perspective. This poor, much maligned wolf has gotten a bad rap. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a sneezy cold, innocently trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make his granny a cake. Is it his fault those ham dinners--rather, pigs--build such flimsy homes? Sheesh.
This 10th-anniversary edition of Jon Scieszka's New York Times Best Book of the Year, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, includes a special, impassioned letter from prisoner A. Wolf himself and a snappy new jacket by Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith, whose quirky perspectives still color the illustrations throughout. As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, the collaborators take a classic story and send it through the wisecracker machine, much to the glee of kids young and old. (Ages 4 to 8 or much, much older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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*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.
As Wolf puts it, the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding. One of those events that get blown way out of proportion. See, it's like this... the wolf was just looking to borrow a cup of sugar for his poor bed-ridden granny. He wanted to make a cake for her, but finding himself lacking the necessary ingredients he went to his nearest neighbor to borrow some. Now here's where it all went higgledy-piggledy. The pig (living in a straw home) didn't answer the door and the wolf had a bad cold. By pure bad luck he accidentally sneezed the home down and, in effect, killed the pig. Thinking it a bad idea to waste pork, the wolf ate the pig and decided to try another neighbor. And so it went until he got to the brick house and was shortly, thereafter, arrested. Poor poor wolfie.
Here's what you have to contend with if you read this book to l'il uns. Yes, you have a wolf eating pigs. Which is, to be fair, what wolves do. Now you never see the wolf actually put each pig in his mouth. And you never see the pig's faces prior to their devourement. So, frankly, how much worse is this than your average fairy tale? Trust me, the kids'll get over it.Read more ›
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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.Published 22 months ago by Wayne F. Robert
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.Published on Feb. 8 2014 by Thea
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!Published on Jan. 1 2014 by Courtney Cuthbert
After talking about the original story of "The Three Little Pigs, I read the this book. Then we discussed what "bias" meant. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2013 by Beverly A. MacLean
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.Published on Jan. 21 2013 by Susanna Adams
Finally, after all this time, Alexander T. Wolf (alias "the Big Bad Wolf") emerges to tell his side of the 3 Little Pigs tragedy. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2006 by Daniel Jolley
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