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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Viking Kestrel Picture Books) Hardcover – 26 Oct 1989

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books; New edition edition (26 Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670827592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670827596
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 0.9 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,176,619 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith). In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called "Guys Read" that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country's first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children's Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children's literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at www.jsworldwide.com.

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A lovely reading, made my son laugh out loud (which was my intention when i purchased the book). It is funny and a different twist from the story we all know. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Love it, really daft - bit American but still great for kids
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Great Thank you
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Scieszka has come up trumps again! As a primary school teacher I have found 'The Stinky Cheeseman' an invaluable source of entertainment! His adaptataions of traditional fairy stories are not only hysterical but are also great for inclusion of adapted traditional tales in the National Literacy Strategy.
His style and humour keep the children entertained but also provide a forum for discussing the use of illustration in telling a story, adaption, bias and humour.
I would highly recommend 'The Stinky Cheeseman' for children's own personal reading and as a class read during shared reading in the literacy hour - or even better just for fun and giggles!!
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By Tara on 19 April 2015
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boring and unappealing pictures
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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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By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2015
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I cannot recommend this too highly. Get it along with his similar book, the Stinky Cheeseman. They are both brilliantly funny and perfectly pitched for young children.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs has less of the Monty Python silliness than the Stinky Cheeseman but it has the bonus of a serious message - that an alternative perspective can often be surprising and illuminating.

One observation not all the reviewers have noted is that the quality of the writing is superb. Jon Scieszka has a talent with words that surpasses most children's authors.
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I have spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours, reading books aloud to children and this is one of my very favourite. It is very silly, utterly irreverent, and hilarious in a style similar to Monty Python. The quality of the writing is superb. It grabs you.

The idea that it is pitched to adults and teenagers is just not right. I have read it to young children with a range of ages and it has always gone down extremely well. When one of the children I had read it to became a primary school teacher, this was the first book she asked for.
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