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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."
"Sure to be a family favorite."
“A good chance for youngsters to relish enacting the wicked role while still getting a friendly reconciliation at the end.”
"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."
"The reader is encouraged to follow the pigs into the book."
–Library Media Connection
Posted May 12, 2014
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.