The Three Horrid Little Pigs

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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.

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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.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Pichon, "who is very nice," offers a clever, funny take on the traditional three pigs and the wolf they encounter after they leave home. These three horrid pigs are so bad that their mother sends them away. "OUT!" she says. "Stop pushing," one little pig mutters. As the first pig makes his "good enough" house of straw, a friendly wolf, who happens to be a builder, offers to help. He asks the traditional question: "…may I come in?" "Not by the hairs…" says the pig, warning him to "huff and puff." And so it goes with the second pig and his "tangle of twigs." "I only wanted to help," says the wolf. The third pig has evicted chickens from their coop and moved in. After being rebuffed by the third pig, the sympathetic wolf invites the chickens to his well-built house of bricks. Cows eat the first pig's house; birds pull apart the home of the second. A rooster drives the third pig out. In this version, the three pigs arrive on the roof of the wolf's house, and a big pot is boiling below them. The surprise ending is a delight. The cover shows the three nasty porkers resembling tough delinquents, and the one with an Apache haircut is sticking out his tongue at us. On the front end pages they are messing up their environment. These are cartoonish characters, anthropomorphic and very pink. No scenery is needed with the action focus, just a few speech balloons and asides, and brief blocks of text with emotion-size letters. The "huff" and "puff" add huge bold black notes. The parody is fun all the way through to the back end pages, which show the reformed, cleaned-up trio. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589254237
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 226,757
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    What does horrid mean?  According to the dictionary horrid means

    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 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.

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