The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 31 Oct 1991
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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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Great alternative stories to the traditional tales.
Inspired the class to be creative with their own story writing.
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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