Three Hungry Pigs and the Wolf Who Came to Dinner

Three Hungry Pigs and the Wolf Who Came to Dinner

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by Charles Santore
     
 

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The life of a truffle-hunting pig is not easy! Unearthing delicious truffles all day without eating any is too hard for Bianca. After her very first bite, she and her piglets are banished to the forest where they meet up with a wolf. Award-winning illustrator Charles Santore–painting in a new style– has penned an original pig’s tale that feels like…  See more details below

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The life of a truffle-hunting pig is not easy! Unearthing delicious truffles all day without eating any is too hard for Bianca. After her very first bite, she and her piglets are banished to the forest where they meet up with a wolf. Award-winning illustrator Charles Santore–painting in a new style– has penned an original pig’s tale that feels like an old favorite.

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Publishers Weekly
Bianca the pig, a champion hunter of the tartufo d'Alba-the Italian hill country's white truffle (according to an opening note)-has trained her piglets to walk in her footsteps. Then one day, Bianca decides to taste the fungi instead of forage for them, and "everything changed forever." Her farmer owner banishes her to the forest, where Bianca and her brood soon encounter a hungry wolf. Thinking fast, the porcine heroine introduces the potential predator to the joys of truffles; he forgets all about his natural diet and becomes an utterly devoted bodyguard, defending the pigs from a "drooling, snarling" pack of wolves. Santore (A Stowaway on Noah's Ark) thus draws his story to a happily-sated, ever-after close. In his operatic, painterly pictures, the colors are radiant, the characters larger-than-life, and the landscapes resonate with sweep and emotion (particularly the brooding scenes in the forest). But the book's boxy format seems to cramp Santore's style-it often feels as if there's barely room for the text. That problem, however, is superseded by a bigger one: aside from a brief, vague introductory note on the dedication page, youngsters never learn why truffles are so sought-after, or, most importantly, what they taste like. Ultimately readers may walk away wondering why the stakes are so high for the cruel farmer and why the wolf fights its instincts. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-When Bianca, a truffle-hunting pig, discovers that eating the mushrooms is even better than finding them, her owner sends her and her piglets away. Despite a scary night alone, life in the fungi-filled deep woods seems like the perfect place for the porker and her young. But danger intrudes upon their bliss when a hungry wolf stops by looking for a meal. Before he can get a taste for pork, Bianca pops a truffle into his mouth. Quickly the wolf is hooked, and together they search for the delicious treat. When the rest of the pack comes looking for a less vegetarian meal, Bianca's wolf comes to her rescue and saves the day. Then, the truffle-loving wolf and the truffle-finding pig family live happily ever after. While Santore's descriptive text is effective in evoking fearful emotions, it is balanced with scenes of happiness and hints of humor. The creative placement of the type and the use of bold reinforce some of the action. Rich with fall hues, the oil illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. The detail of the full-page paintings and full-bleed spreads beautifully reinforces the emotions and actions of the tale. A good choice for one-on-one sharing or to juxtapose with a story of a big bad wolf.-Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this original, and decidedly un-Aesopian, fable, wolf and pigs fall in together with unwontedly happy results. Banished by the farmer for eating the truffles she's only supposed to be sniffing out, Bianca and her two piglets pass a nervous night in the woods. The next day gets off to a bad start too when a huge wolf appears-but Bianca adroitly pops a truffle into his mouth. He likes it so much that he not only gives over his predatory intentions, and later saves the pigs from an entire pack of wolves, but ultimately becomes the piglets' nanny while mama pig's out keeping the larder stocked. Working in oils, Santore creates a serene Italian hill country setting, gives the looming wolf a suitably shaggy look and leaves the unlikely family unit living "happily ever after." Though not as clever a twist as Eugene Trivizas's classic Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this also presents an alternative to traditional adversarial encounters between predator and prey. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375982972
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/22/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Santore's work is included in the permanent collections of The Brandywine Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. Among his influences are N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Santore has won many awards–he was awarded the Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators; William the Curious garnered a 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine; and among the numerous medals he has received from the Society of Illustrators, his most prized is a Gold Medal from the Original Art Show 2000 for A Stowaway on Noah’s Ark. His work has been included in traveling exhibitions, and both solo and group shows, such as "Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book Illustration.” Santore's artwork for The Wizard of Oz is currently included in an Oz exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Summer 2006.

Charles Santore makes his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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