Huff & Puff: Can You Blow Down the Houses of the Three Little Pigs?

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This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs! A satisfying and engaging read for every young Three Little Pigs fan.

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Overview

This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs! A satisfying and engaging read for every young Three Little Pigs fan.

Praise for Huff & Puff
"Simple but wonderfully expressive, the illustrations are ink drawings with pale washes of tan, pink, yellow, and blue. A beautifully designed and wholly engaging picture book for young children."
Booklist

"Sure to be a family favorite."
Shelf-Awareness

“A good chance for youngsters to relish enacting the wicked role while still getting a friendly reconciliation at the end.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Very young readers will get a kick out of taking the wolf’s part, and their parents will appreciate that the scariest bits of the original tale have been omitted."
School Library Journal

"Like her repetitive text, Rueda’s illustrations are gently funny and elegantly simple."
Horn Book

"The reader is encouraged to follow the pigs into the book."
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a series of die-cut holes and prompts, Rueda (My Little Polar Bear) invites readers to first play the part of a Big Bad Wolf (hence the title), then discover that they’re not being so villainous after all. Rueda pares the original story down to the bare essentials (“First pig building a house. First pig inside the house. One wolf huffing and huffing”). Small die-cut holes in the “huff and puff” pages invite readers to show off their lungpower, and a page turn reveals the destructive results (“First pig is not happy”). At the third pig’s brick house, however, readers learn that the wolf isn’t so much a menace as a nuisance—it becomes clear that each of the three pigs built a house in order to bake a birthday cake for the wolf, who keeps spoiling their plans. Rueda offers few clues to what she’s up to, so readers will have to be particularly attuned to nuance. But the novelty of mild interactivity, coupled with comically minimalist text, should ameliorate any minor frustrations with the storytelling. Ages 2–6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs. They build houses. The wolf huffs and puffs and blows them down—well, twice. But why are Rueda's pigs reading recipe books like The Oink of Cooking? This singular mystery—to be solved on the final page—is a satisfying ingredient in the story, along with its simple, captivating text and layout. The cutout cover frames three adorable, smiling porkers. One sturdy white page contains the large-print words: "First pig building a house." A funny, colored pen-and-ink illustration of a straw house taking shape through the exertions of a struggling pink pig appears on the opposite page. Each time one of the threesome is happily installed in his new home, readers find, "One wolf huffing and puffing," and then, in huge letters, "HUFF & PUFF." (A hole in the middle of the ampersand lets children peek at the consequences.) Very young readers will get a kick out of taking the wolf's part, and their parents will appreciate that the scariest bits of the original tale have been omitted.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
This sweet little bare-bones version of "The Three Pigs" places readers in an active role. The opening spread looks plain and ordinary: "First pig building a house," says the text, as a pig builds a modest thatched hut. Black pen lines give shading and texture to pale watercolors, surrounded by calming white space. Soon the pig's inside the hut, gazing happily out the window. But spread three brings an invitation. The left-hand page says, merely, "One wolf huffing and puffing," and the book's subtitle is the key here—for there's no wolf to be seen. The right-hand page says "HUFF & PUFF" in lined block letters, and the ampersand's lower circle is a cut-out hole. When the reader blows through the hole, the reward is a sad and perturbed pig with loose straw floating down through the air. The reader/wolf blew down the hut! The second pig suffers the same fate. Tradition prevails as the third house, made of brick, is too strong to succumb to air. Does the reader/wolf end up defeated? Nope—Rueda introduces a new result of blowing, one familiar to many toddlers and connected to gustatory joy all around. A good chance for youngsters to relish enacting the wicked role while still getting a (not particularly logical, but who cares) friendly reconciliation at the end. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701702
  • Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 394,455
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Rueda’s work was twice selected for the New York City Society of Illustrators Original Art Show and for the sixth 3x3 magazine Children’s Show. Her picture books have been published in the United States, Spain, and Mexico and have been translated into French, Danish, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese. She lives in Miami.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    This darling, interactive book is just the thing to get young re

    This darling, interactive book is just the thing to get young readers involved with the telling of the story.  First page simply states, "First pig building a house."  Short, simple, sweet.  He enters his new abode and the text says , "One wolf huffing and puffing," but where oh where is that big bad wolf? No where to be found visually to the reader.  The reader then is invited to huff and puff through a cut out hole instead of the wolf and see what happens.  The next page shows the result of those magnanimous huffs.  The same procedure is repeated with pig number two and you can guess what happens with pig's number three house...solid brick walls? .... the puny puffs just blow on through.  What's the point then?  You and your little one will giggle when you discover why you're huffing and puffing into the brick house.  Kids will get a kick out of the fact that they get to participate in such a celebratory blow.  This surely will bring on a huge smile and perhaps a cheer from your little one, not to mention vigorous clapping of hands as they find out what's up. 




    The illustrations are black pen lines and pale watercolours.  Both the illustrations and the text add a new fractured fairytale twist to the story that will have your child asking to play with the book again and again.  I highly recommend this book.

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