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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs [Paperback]

Jon Scieszka , Lane Smith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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March 7 1996
You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.
In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
Children’s Literature
“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
School Library Journal

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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 Funny book, but don't get it too early May 12 2004
By Dave
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazingly Funny Book May 20 2004
By A Customer
I loved reading The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. It was very entertaining and fun to read. Not only for children, but for teens and adults as well. It shows that every criminal should get their chance to prove their side of the story. It gave the wolf's perspective of the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. This book was interesting because the wolf came up with such a hilarious story for what really happened. He said that he was going to their houses to get a cup of sugar for a cake he was making! The wolf also said that he just sneezed when the pig's houses fell down, he didn't really mean to knock them down. (They should have been built better anyways!) He said that the media just jazzed up the trial to make it seem more interesting! This book had comical illustrations to interpret what was happening in the story. The illustrations like almost like a collage. I think this is a great book, and that every child that had heard the story of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf should definitely read this humorous book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's afraid of Mr. Alexander T. Wolf? May 11 2004
Authors these days are constantly reinterpreting old fairy tales and nursery rhymes to spice them up, repackage them, and sell them as something new. Credit this idea, in part, to the illustrious Jon Scieszka (a free cup of sugar to anyone who pronounces his name correctly) and illustrator Lane Smith. Together, these two have successfully rendered the world of nursery-dom topsy turvey, beginning with the clever, "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!". At long last, the viewer has a chance to look past the biased press and (undoubtedly) stacked juries to hear the true story from the lips of Mr. Alexander T. Wolf himself.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TheTrueStory of theThreeLittlePigs Nov. 19 2003
By A Customer
This story is about what really happend with the Big Bad Wolf and the three little pigs.Mr.A.T.Wolf was baking a birthday cake for his dear old granny when henoticed he ran out of suger.After he noticed he grabbed a empty cup and walked down the street to his neighbors house.A.T.'s neighbor was one of the three little pigs who was pretty dumb because he built his house out of straw so anyways he knocked on the door but there was no answer so he was about to leave when all of usuden he sneezed and the house colssped and there in the middle of the pile was the pig dead as a doornail so the wolf ate him so he wouldn't spoil.Next he went to the pigs brother and his house was made of sticks then he did the exact same thing as last time and ate that pig to.Last he went to the last pigs house whos house was made out of bricks and the pig told him to leave and he made fun of his granny and after that he tried to break in and then the cops caught him and in the paper they lied and thats the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf Nov. 19 2003
By A Customer
I liked the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs because it was funny and has nice illiustraions. The first thing that happened was the Big Bad Wolf was making a cake for his Granny and sneezing.When all of a sudden he relizied he was all out of sugar.So he took the cup for the sugar and started to walk to neibor'shouse .The house was made out of straw the wolf noked on the door and it fell in then all of a sudden he sneezed and the house fell down.The dust clered and there was a pig laying there so the wolf ate him.So he walked to the next houseit was made out of sticks he noked on the door then he sneezed.The house fell down and the pig was dead the wolf ate him.The wolf walked to the next house it was made out of bricks the wolf noked and then he sneezed the house did not foll down.The wolf started to walk away and the pig said your Granny can sit on a pin the wolf went wild and tryed to break in.Then the police showed up and took the wolf to jail so the story about the huffing and puffing was made up by the news.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teaching bias
After talking about the original story of "The Three Little Pigs, I read the this book. Then we discussed what "bias" meant. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beverly A. MacLean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
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 21 months ago by Susanna Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf reasserts innocence, calls for new trial
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 more
Published on Aug. 6 2006 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't my fault!
Did you know that the wolf is really innocent? He just had a cold. This book can be a good introduction to the concept of two sides to every story. Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by Kelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Max's Book Review
I read the book, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. This is a fantastic childrens' book based on the original story of the three little pigs. Read more
Published on May 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious new twist on an old story.
Aside from being funny and having great illustrations,this book has value in showing children that there are two sides to every story. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by "mattm73"
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