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on 29 September 2000
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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on 15 March 2006
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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VINE VOICEon 17 May 2008
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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on 27 July 2010
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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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). This is his story as told to Jon Scieszka and illustrated quite lavishly by Lane Smith. It makes for a delightful, colorful, witty romp that almost all children (and most of their parents) will relish.
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on 22 July 1999
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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on 22 August 2008
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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on 27 November 2001
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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on 13 July 1999
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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on 3 June 1999
True story of the 3 little pigs as told by A.Wolf, is a colorful and imaginitive retelling of a classic! Even though the book is for children, I think I enjoyed it more than my kids! Of course, I remember the original and the original, apparently, left out quite a bit. It's a great gift for grown ups too.
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