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Pig, Pigger, Piggest

Pig, Pigger, Piggest

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by Rick Walton, Jimmy Holder (Illustrator)

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It's the three little pigs with a whole new twist! When three brothers (Pig, Pigger, and Piggest) meet three sisters (Witch, Witcher, and Witchest) the results are a muddy mess in which they all live sloppily ever after.


It's the three little pigs with a whole new twist! When three brothers (Pig, Pigger, and Piggest) meet three sisters (Witch, Witcher, and Witchest) the results are a muddy mess in which they all live sloppily ever after.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this unremarkable but good-humored rewriting of "The Three Little Pigs," three big pigsPig, Pigger and Piggestbuild correspondingly large castles, all of which are reduced to mudholes when each pig refuses to hand it over to the corresponding Witch, Witcher and Witchest who demands it. In the pat ending, the porcine brothers, delighted with their mudholes, propose marriage to the witches and promise to rebuild. Pictorial details continue the comparative rhetoric, boasting "cheap sheep" and "cheapest sheepest," etc. (each more absurdly broad than the last). Debut children's book illustrator Holder plays along with a jaunty, caricatured style. His slightly shiny, rotund pigsand similarly bulging bats, clouds and suits of armorgive the impression of having been inflated to the point of bursting. While Walton's (You Don't Always Get What You Hope For) playful progressive comparisons are enjoyably goofy (e.g., Pigger builds a "taller-waller, thicker-bricker castle" than Pig's tall-wall, thick-brick castle"), they don't quite sustain a narrative and grow monotonous, as nearly all refer to size. Perhaps not the funniest, it's funnier than many; and definitely a funny book. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Janet Morgan Stoeke
The three little pigs are back again. this time Pig, Pigger and Piggest, as they are known, build their brick homes against three witches. Witch, Witcher and Witchest have their ghosts (Huff & Puff, Huffer & Puffer and Huffest & Puffest) blow their houses down until they are larger and larger mud fields. The twist comes at the end, when the pigs decide that those witches make beautiful mud, and that they'd all like witches for wives. It's a little light on content and originality, yet heavy enough on silliness. The jaunty illustrations have a slick, artsy look and plenty of appeal.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2--Pig, Pigger, and Piggest are brothers who set off to build the castles of their dreams. Each pig is then visited by one of three witch sisters who live nearby in the forest. "Let me come in. I am rich, and I want to buy your castle," states each one, but the brothers refuse to give up their homes. The witches then call upon Huff and Puff to blow the castles down, leaving only mudpiles. Then the three swine ask the witches to marry them. Overcome by emotion, the witches agree, and they live sloppily ever after. There have been some very clever take-offs on the classic "The Three Little Pigs." Unfortunately, this particular story leaves much to be desired. Although the pictures cleverly illustrate the action, the plot is wanting. For example, there is no satisfactory explanation given for why the witches want the castles. The fact that the pigs suddenly wish to marry them because they make beautiful mud is far-fetched. The pictures creatively portray the soft, round pigs and soft, even rounder witches, and there are some visual surprises that casual observers may miss, but the unfocused story line makes this an unnecessary purchase.--Carrie A. Guarria, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Product Details

Smith, Gibbs Publisher
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

Once upon a time, there were three pigs: a big pig named Pig, a bigger pig name Pigger, and the biggest of the three name Piggest. They all lived in the castle of their father, the king.

One day their father called them in. "Pig," he said, "when you were born you were a little pig. And Pigger, you were an even littler pig. And Piggest, you were the littlest of my dear, sweet, dirty babies. But now you are great big pigs. And this castle isn't big enough for the four of us. It is time for you to go out and build homes of your own."

"Oh, yay!" the pigs said. "Homes of our own!" And off went Pig, Pigger, and Piggest.

Meet the Author

Rick Walton is the author of dozens of books for kids, including his popular books introducing language arts concepts: Once There Was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, and Herd of Cows Flock of Sheep. He often plays his guitar happily. Rick and his family live in Provo, Utah. For more info visit www.rickwalton.com

Jimmy Holder lives in Pasadena, California where he illustrates lots of things. In his spare time, Jimmy likes to chase his squealing daughter Madeline around the house. They split a bananna every morning for breakfast.

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Pig, Pigger, Piggest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Batzarro4 More than 1 year ago
As my be obvious to all this is a tale that springs from the Three Little Pigs theme. Certainly there are hundreds of these tales, however, if one were to read this story one would be delighted. It does carry the theme of the three little pigs and yet treads a new ground that gives these pigs their own porcine identity. This is somewhat established by the use of inflected endings(-er,-est). The absence of "The Wolf" as an antagonist is a refreshing change from this adaption of a classic tale. Using instead a trio of sister witches to make demands upon our heroes. The pigs overcome the difficulties and come upon an ending that I think most will enjoy, as it is not what some may expect. The use of inflected endings is displayed nicely in the narrative and in the equally well crafted illustrations. This book will be a treasured addition to my classroom library, as it is well written and illustrated and also provides a nice example of the inflected endings -er and -est (and, yes, that is a selling point for me). I highly recommend this book to teachers, parents and fans of the Three Little Pigs genre.