Three Horrid Little Pigsby Liz Pichon
Here comes a fun twist on a classic tale. The full color cartoon illustrations capture the pigs' bad behavior and comeuppance with a goofy exuberance. The text works as a fun read-aloud as well as a read-alone.
If you think you can't jam another twist on a classic tale into your collection, think again. Three pesky porcine protagonists are so bad that their mother kicks them out of the house. They are so lazy that they merely pile up sticks and straw for houses and one takes over a henhouse. The wolf is portrayed as a helpful handyman who offers to shore up their shoddy construction but is rebuffed each time. Rendered homeless by straw-eating cows, nesting birds who need sticks, and a pecking rooster who reclaims the henhouse, the homeless pigs get ready to head for the kindly wolf's abode. When he hears the pigs on the roof, he prepares a "big pot of boiling...soup" and invites them in. The tale ends with everyone living together happily ever after. The full-color cartoon illustrations capture the pigs' bad behavior and comeuppance with a goofy exuberance. The font size shrinks and enlarges to mirror the action and the text works as a fun read-aloud as well as a read-alone.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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What does horrid mean? According to the dictionary horrid means exceedingly bad, hideous, causing horror. So why would such an adjective be attached to the three little pigs? Well these particular three little pigs were horrid indeed. They would steal cupcakes and things from innocent animals. They would swing from the chandelier in their home and, oh dread, ....they even drew a mustache on poor Mommy Pig's portrait. Finally, even their mother has had enough of their shenanigans and sends them off into the world to build their own houses and get away from her. The first little pig actually steals straw from the cows to build his house, the second little pig mimics his brother and steals twigs from the local birds to design his new abode and the third little pig, well he's so lazy he doesn't even bother to build....he just jacks the local hen house and moves right in. Enter the big bad wolf. But wait is he big and bad really? Not this guy. He is gentle and friendly and guess what his occupation is? He is a qualified builder. He takes one look at those piggy huts and is very concerned for the pigs safety and well-being. He tries to help them out by suggesting ways they could make improvements but the pigs will have none of it. They tell him to go away and mind his own business. Reluctantly and sadly that is just what he does. When the pigs come to their senses and realize their homes are disasters waiting to happen they sneak on over to the Wolf's place to check him out. The Wolf, hearing their approach, puts on a big pot of boiling water...no...not to make ham and bean soup....but to make a wonderful pot of soup that they all can share. The pigs finally repent of their horridness and listen to the Wolf's advice, but not regarding their own homes. His vision is to construct a house where they all can live in community and yes - happily ever after! The illustrations are brilliant with lots of colour and detail. I love the picture of the wolf wearing fuzzy slippers and reading a bedtime story to the chickens." The last page visually sums up the tale as you see the new house is erect, the cows are painting the walls, the pigs are doing a heal kick, and Mommy Pig upstairs in a bubble bath. The perfect ending indeed.