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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

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by Mark Teague

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Three little pigs, a somewhat bad wolf, sody-pop, chips, hay, mortar, bricks, and some huffing and puffing!

Award-winning author and illustrator Mark Teague tells his humorous version of "The Three Little Pigs" with a zany twist!

Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. It comes as no surprise that a


Three little pigs, a somewhat bad wolf, sody-pop, chips, hay, mortar, bricks, and some huffing and puffing!

Award-winning author and illustrator Mark Teague tells his humorous version of "The Three Little Pigs" with a zany twist!

Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. It comes as no surprise that a wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs' houses. When the wolf can't blow down the third pig's brick house, everyone comes together and the fun begins. The first two pigs give him potato chips and sody-pop, and the third pig makes everyone a healthy meal. Since only one pig has a house left, the other two pigs and the wolf move in with her. The somewhat bad wolf is no longer hungry.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
Breezily entertaining and full of food references, this humorous fractured fairy tale won't send any children peering fretfully up the chimney.
Publishers Weekly
Teague (the How Do Dinosaurs books) throws his hat into the fractured fairy tale ring with a funny twist on this tale that’s fit for the era of Michael Pollan. When the pigs’ farmer plans to move to Florida, he pays them for “their hard work and send them on their way.” The first two pigs forego solid home construction in favor of vast supplies of junk food (“Sticks are practically free so he had lots of money left over for sody-pop”), while the third pig, a female, readies a brick house that is “big, beautiful, and strong” and boasts a vegetable garden worthy of Michelle Obama. Readers familiar with the original tale will be amused by Teague’s humorous meta-commentary (“I can’t believe that worked!” says the famished wolf after blowing down the straw house), as well as the clever details in his creamy, textured oil paintings (one pig escapes on a Vespa). The happy ending brings the potential foes together, and although Teague gets in some jabs at the pigs’ bad habits, it doesn’t intrude on the story’s sense of fun. Ages 3�5. (May)
From the Publisher

BOOK SENSE Illustrated Book of the Year
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book of the Year
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
"Hilarious ... Ike is a hero!" --BOOKLIST, starred review
"Simply irresistible." --THE NEW YORK TIMES

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
"A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one." --BOOKLIST
ALA Notable Book

PIGSTY by Mark Teague
Teague "is once again right on target ... with his idiosyncratic brand of sly humor." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
This fun, food-filled retelling of The Three Little Pigs answers the question "can a bad man be reformed by healthy food and the love of a good woman" (or Good Pig, as the case may be)? In this version, Mark Teague, author and illustrator of the "How Do Dinosaurs" and "LaRue" series, presents two messy little boy pigs and one prim and proper girl pig whose happy pig-pen lifestyle is uprooted when the Farmer and his Wife sell their farm to move to Florida. With wages in hoof they each venture off (with the farm cat, rooster, and goose families tagging along)—one to buy potato chips, the other to buy sody-pop, and the third—the prim and proper girl, to buy building supplies. They all finally agree to build three houses; the boys opting for straw and stick supplies so they have money left for chips and sodas. The clever, bow-bedecked girl piggy spends all her money on supplies for a brick house—and the man at the hardware store gives her a sandwich (that appears to be whole wheat, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and possibly pesto) as thanks. The boys' houses are built quickly so they sit and snack while watching their sister build a two-story brick cottage. She, of course, has an abundant veggie garden and healthy meals. But, when a hungry—and "somewhat bad" wolf comes to town and cannot be served at Donut Dan's, Hot Dog Hal's, or Pizza Pete's he descends on the pigs' homes in a "VERY bad mood!" After much huffing and puffing, the tale ends with the farm refugees, from cats to rooster, and even the wolf, enjoying a bowl of broccoli in the sister's beautiful home. Wonderful illustrations offer opportunities for lighthearted discussion of healthy eating habits, family togetherness, as well as sustainable living, on several levels. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In Teague's humorously entertaining and refreshing adaptation of the classic tale, two brothers and a sister are paid "for their good work…and sent on their way" by the farmer and his wife, who are moving to Florida. While the two boys each spend their wages on some inexpensive construction materials for their houses (straw and sticks), using the leftover cash for potato chips and "sody-pop," their more practical sister buys a load of bricks and builds a house that is "big, beautiful, and strong." The hungry wolf, rebuffed by the town's fast-food restaurants, is so amazed when he blows down the houses of straw and sticks that he allows his dinner to escape. Openly embarrassed when he collapses from hunger while huffing and puffing at the brick house, he apologizes, prompting an invitation to dinner, which leads to his moving in with the pigs, the farm cat, a hen, and four ducks. Teague's two-page cartoon oil paintings in warm fall colors feature contented-looking pigs infused with jovial good humor and a puzzled, very childlike wolf disarmed by his own success. The result is a thoroughly delightful reading experience.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The classic fairy tale gets an update with a subtle message about healthy eating and a happy ending for a hungry wolf. When the owner of the farm decides to sell and move to Florida, he gives his three (anthropomorphized) pigs their pay and sends them on their way. The junk-food–loving brothers listen to their sister and reluctantly agree to buy building materials with their money…but straw and sticks are so cheap they have enough left for potato chips and "sody-pop." Meanwhile, the sister works on her brick house and healthy garden. When a hungry wolf comes to town and is rebuffed at all its eating establishments, he takes his anger out on the brothers, who smell deliciously like pig and whose houses don't stand a chance. But all his huffing and puffing at the sister's house, combined with his hunger, makes him pass out. In an ending that may remind readers of Gail Carson Levine's Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash (2002), the pigs revive, feed and befriend him. Teague's oil paintings are marvelously detailed and brightly colored. His pigs are full of personality, and their human traits and accessories are sure to delight. A fine addition to the fractured-fairy-tale shelf, though it does lack that certain something that made Eugene Trivizas' The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (1993), such a standout. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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9.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.60(d)
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of his own bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series as well as FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. In addition to his prized art for the How Do Dinosaurs books, his recent illustrated novel, THE DOOM MACHINE, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this story the first two pigs want to buy snacks and the third little pig thinks they should buy building supplies to build their houses. Also, I like how the third little pig decorated her house. This tale has a neat twist from the original tale because the wolf is not that bad. You can see that he isn't that bad because he tries to visit restaurants to get something to eat besides the pigs. At the end the pigs try to help the wolf get something to eat by offering potato chips and sody pop. The three pigs and the wolf become friends and live together.