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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 31 Oct 1991


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (31 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140540563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140540567
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (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 pithy, and Smith's stretchy-strange illustrations complete this funny, irreverent, thoroughly original tale.

About the Author

Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books.Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He also provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film James and the Giant Peach. He lives in New York.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sep 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book to a group of Year2 children (age 6-7), and they loved it. It is very very funny and the children and myself laughed right through it. Definately worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Shaw on 22 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
The True Story of the three little pigs was used greatly within my 1st year drama class at secondary school (Ages 11-12)and they loved it. I used the story as a context to do with stereotypes which lead on to many drama activities involving lawyers defending Mr Wolf, the pig community and witnesses of Mr Wolf. This lead on to a court case and even 't.v shows and documentaries' being created by the pupils to re-build or tarnish Mr Wolf's reputation!! An excellent story which created many meaningful, fun and diverse lessons!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peacock Wings on 15 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is all about point of view.
Told for the first time from the point of view of the "Big, bad wolf", the story of what really happened that day with the three little pigs and their houses sounds quite different. The main facts are the same - you can't contest that the houses actually fell down and the pigs were gone, but was it the wolf's fault?
Interpreted by the wolf, the story takes on a completely different character and we begin to wonder about those really rude and unhelpful pigs. It is also told with great humour that should have children of all ages laughing.
The book shows readers that there are always two sides to every story and that the facts alone are often insufficient. Written by the winners, the story is obviously going to be biased in their favour. But when written by the loser - will it be truth? It's certainly very different (apart from being hilarious).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 17 May 2008
Format: Paperback
There are two sides to every story and this fun book tells the three little pigs story from the much maligned Wolf's side. Told in the first person, Mr Wolf explains how the well known version is a misconception and the real story began when he started to make a cake for his dear old granny, needed to borrow a cup of sugar from a neighbour, and sneezed the house down resulting in a terrible misunderstanding. Once the house has fallen down killing the poor pig, it would have been a shame to waste such a great ham dinner! And once the newspaper got hold of the story and hammed it up (excuse the terrible pun), the article gave a dog a bad name...... and poor Mr Wolf was cast as the bad guy through and through.
This is an imaginative retelling and an entertaining story. The illustrations are great, a tad dark but not scary, and match the plot perfectly. In addition, it's interesting for children to see that there are often two different sides to any story. Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1999
Format: Paperback
Jon Scieszka's "biography" of Al wolf's tru tale of a sneeze and a cup of sugar is an exciting and funny book. Al Wolf tells his tale as a simple misunderstanding and a Wolf that ate 2 pigs because he didn't want to waste any food. This new twist of the original story creates a new story for young kids to enjoy. Al Wolf makes the kids believe that the pigs are evil and that Al shouldn't be considered big and bad because his diet consists of cute fury animals. An excellent picture book for kids to see how the wolf is illustrated as a proper man, and the pigs illustrated as slobs. A must-buy book for all children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vikki650 on 27 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been able to do so much with this book in the classroom. First, the kids love the twist on the original tale of "The Three Little Pigs." I am able to use it for reading, listening, and most fun of all, for writing. I have had second graders in the US rewrite other tales after learning this story and they have a great time doing it. It gets them thinking and putting their words on paper without making them feel like it is work. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
This book like Scieszka's others will make even the toughest character snigger! Lots of fun, my god daughter loved it! The writing credits children with the intelligence they have! Brings enjoyment to all. The illustrations are fantastic - buy two copies and frame them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was the best when I first read it. Im 15 years old and its still one of my favrorite Childrens books. I went shopping with my mom last week in this little store and as soon as I had seen the book on the shelf I got so excited and whipped it out and hit myself in the head with it and no Im not mentally Challenged. I just love the book even at 15!!!
P.S My mom got me the book and fixed the bump on my head.
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