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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 1999
A very funny and lively book, loved by every child (from 1 to 10 )that I have ever read it to. It turns the traditional story on its head and has a truely happy ending. Excellent illustrations. It can be read over and over again. Everyone should read it. Great for school, where I have used it a lot (loads of work flows out of it, I did a class assembly on it) and great to cuddle up and read at home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
We have had this story so many times from the library that I have now got to buy a copy. It's based on a reversal of the story of the three little pigs, a subversion which the children think is funny to start with, but there's more to it than that. Three little wolves build successively more secure houses with increasingly interesting building materials to keep themselves safe from the Big Bad Pig, and the pig uses a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill and finally explosives to destroy them. This whole process is fascinating to a three year old boy. After this escalation, there's then a lovely peaceful end to the story where the wolves realize that super-secure construction isn't the answer and try a different approach involving sweet-scented flowers which reform the pig and he moves in with the wolves. There are surely lessons on life to be drawn here but for the children it's just a great action-packed story with additional fun to be had spotting the teapot throughout the book. Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are lovely - with a touch of menace in the earlier pictures and lovely colourful jubilant ones at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 October 2006
A few years ago I bought this for my cousin's young children, and they greatly enjoyed it. This year I bought it for my own five-year-old twins, and they also loved it. And it's also very funny for mummies and daddies.

As will probably be obvious from the title, it reverses the tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. But where the big bad wolf was an arch loser who only managed to be dangerous because the first two pigs were silly, in this story the big bad pig is as smart as he is mean.

Probably the ideal time to introduce this to your children is when they have just started to get bored with or see the holes in the traditional versions of all the favourite stories - it would not be as funny to someone who did not know the story of the three little pigs.

Very strongly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 1999
A thoroughly original and modern 'take' on the much loved favourite of the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf. My children [aged 5 and 7 ] definitely prefer this version.The illustrations add to the humour and irony. Our reading led to some profound discussion about violence, pacifism and reconciliation [ in child speak, of course]. I can't understand readers who find the moral confusing. Doesn't anyone remember flower power?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2006
I can't recommend this highly enough. Both me and my 6 year old absolutelyy howl with delight every time we read it, and this is as much to do with the pictures as the text The face of the pig as he demolished house after house is ever more happy. Why it isn't better known beats me - though I guess traditionalists might be horrified at it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2003
One for both children and adults alike. An extremely amusing twist on the classic tale sees the roles reversed with 3 little wolves being tormented by the big bad pig. Well written, beautifully illustrated, plenty of appeal for young and old. A sure fire hit with children of any age - great as a present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2010
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. Instead of three pigs, we now have three sweet wolves and as the antagonist a big bad pig, very resourceful and dangerous in trying to enter their new homes, as they reinforce them with several security devices. Though I am not going to reveal the ending, I can just say that I found it original. As for the illustrations, they are wonderfully detailed and painted with great precision.

A great book to buy for the whole family. Even for adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2011
I love this book, it's different. The wolves all stick together. The wolves meet lots of different animals and make lots of different house. It's so good I think it's for under tens. It's an interesting book. And it's more interesting at the end. I love this book.
I love this book it's interesting and lovely. I love this book and no one can change my mind. It's not the same as it's normally the three little pigs; instead it's the 3 little wolves. I got bored of the Three Little Pigs. So that's why I like this book.

Charlotte
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 1999
As a parent with young children who like to be read to every night, it is very easy to quickly approach fifty readings of the same story. It can be painful, and all we as parents can do is try to introduce into the household books that we also appreciate. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is absolutely hilarious. There is the obvious role reversal and the introduction of modern building materials for the wolves, such as Plexiglas and video surviellance, and equally destructive tools are available to the big bad pig. The pig is a persistent menace who craftily wields a pneumatic drill and gleefully triggers the dynamite fuse, and it is easy to worry about conveying the wrong message to the kids while laughing so hard that I had to take a composure break. In the end, sensitivity wins over brute force and the positive massage is clear to all, but not before very clever entertainment through great illustrations and witty prose. It so apparent that the authors enjoyed writing this book, as we enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I laughed out loud several times as I read this for the first time. I knew that it would be a twisted take on The Three Little Pigs, but the escalating destruction the nasty Pig causes is absolutely hilarious (i.e. my son now knows what dynamite is!).

The three little wolves simply want to build a house. But no matter how strong and sturdy they make it (bricks, concrete) the Big Bad Pig always finds a way to destroy it. Is there anything they can do to stop the Pig from wrecking their house?

The solution is a funny one, didn't see it coming, and my son loved it.

Really liked the repetition and the use of the original story elements. Loved Helen Oxenbury's recognisably stylised illustrations. Its a little longer than most fairy tale versions, but for a 3/4 year old it's manageable at bedtime.

Hugely funny for adults and for children who know the original story and like fairy tales twisted around.
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