The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

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by James Marshall

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Retells the familiar tale in which one of the three brother pigs survives a wolf's attacks by using his head and planning well.


Retells the familiar tale in which one of the three brother pigs survives a wolf's attacks by using his head and planning well.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers who grin when they pick up this title can be forgiven for correctly anticipating amusing antics within, especially if they are familiar with Marshall's other half-fractured fairy tales (including Goldilocks and the Three Bears , a Caldecott Honor book). Deadpan as ever, Marshall begins this one in a traditional way: the old sow sends her piglets off into the big world. Despite the protests of the tradesmen who sell them materials, both the first and second pig construct their flimsy houses of straw and sticks. In short order, they are gobbled up by the wolf. The pig who invests in bricks, of course, does the gobbling when he encounters the wolf, after a merry mass of near misses that blithely build suspense. There are fairy tales, and there are Marshall's tales. Readers can also be forgiven for preferring his over all the rest. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
The Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator retells the story of the "Three Little Pigs" in the same silly manner of his previously released Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. His retelling minimizes the gruesome aspects of traditional versions but still portrays the three pigs building their respective houses out of straw, wood and bricks and then tricking the Big Bad Wolf. The story's humor is exemplified when the first little pig asks a man for a lead of hay to build a house, only to be told, "That's not a good idea." The pig replies, "Mind your own business, thank you." This version could easily be paired with Marshall's other retellings for an author study, or could be used to review the traditional story before going on to Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, or Trivizas's The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. 2000 (orig. 1999), Grosset & Dunlap, $3.49. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Wendy Pollock-Gilson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Marshall brings his own brand of humor to both text and pictures in this retelling of the popular nursery tale . He retains the classic format of the tale, including all of the familiar phrases (``I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in''), but his own asides make the story fresh and lively. For example, when the first little pig decides to build a house of straw, and the straw seller warns, ``That's not a good idea,'' he expresses just what all the worldly wise six- and seven-year-old readers will be thinking. Without a word of description, the colorful cartoon illustrations in ink and watercolor give the three pigs separate personalities. The lazy pig builds a house of straw which takes him ``no time at all,'' and the artistic pig, a stick house which is ``very pretty.'' The wolf, with his slouching posture and shifty, yellow eyes, looks just the sort of character who would lose his temper and jump down the chimney when force and tricks fail to capture the third little pig. Good stories can be retold endlessly, and Marshall's inventive version of The Three Little Pigs is an excellent addition for all library picture-book collections. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Picture Puffins
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

James Marshall was one of the most prolific and successful author/illustrators of children's books. He was best known for his series on the mischievous exploits of Fox, a debonair, lazy showoff; the uproarious adventures of the two Cut-Ups, Spud and Joe; George and Martha; and the misadventures of the Stupidfamily. He divided his time between an apartment in the Chelsea district of New York and his home in Mansfield Hollow Connecticut.

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The Three Little Pigs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really great, and funny. The wolf fell for all the tricks. I'm happy that the wolf didn't eat the cute little pigs. I think you should read this to little kids. I suggest this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Traditional version with classic James Marshall illustrations.
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eleagle More than 1 year ago
I like it when the wolf goes down the fireplace. I don't like the big, bad wolf. I want others to read this book because it is about three little pigs. It is a funny book. By: Sarah Ellis in Ms. Erwin's Class
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Three Little pigs is about three pigs and a sow. At the fair, in the apple tree, houses, and turnip feild, three pigs have a problem... the wolf wanted the third pig. My favorite part was when the pig said, ''you can say that again.' I would recommend this book to people that like pigs. This book is mean. I give it 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far as metaphors, this tale tells children how everyday people can outsmart the tax collector, IRS or anyone else who comes to their house with threats, and beat them at their own game without being violent.
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