The Three Little Pigs: A Wheel-y Silly Fairy Tale

Overview

The classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs is retold with a silly twist in this playful, interactive format that's sure to keep little ones laughing. Readers can turn the wheel on each page of this paper-over-board book to choose the correct word needed to complete the scene and further the story. Once the "right" word is displayed, the art on the wheel completes the image. Silly options will entertain and guide readers to choose the correct word and image.

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Overview

The classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs is retold with a silly twist in this playful, interactive format that's sure to keep little ones laughing. Readers can turn the wheel on each page of this paper-over-board book to choose the correct word needed to complete the scene and further the story. Once the "right" word is displayed, the art on the wheel completes the image. Silly options will entertain and guide readers to choose the correct word and image.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

This familiar story arc quickly veers off the path of well-traveled tradition due to cumbersome design.

Three little pigs (Mama nowhere to be seen) build their homes though a wolf encroaches on their territory. An interactive spinning wheel offers a variety of textual and visual options to insert into the narrative's literally empty spaces. While choices vary creatively (the pigs could choose boiling water to frighten the wolf or ice cream, candy or fish instead), the reiteration of the correct answer on the following page disrupts fluidity. Children determined to make the first house out of doughnuts will find that it is a straw house despite their efforts when they turn the page, for instance. Light cartoon sketches with off-balance movements and crossed-eyed expressions exude a comical wackiness. The wolf's forbidding mien evaporates in lieu of quirky behaviors; he goofily dons a flowered hat or plays the fiddle on the roof (ha-ha). Frustratingly, the flimsy, thin-edged wheel, essential to moving the story along, is awkward to rotate.

A poor choice for those anxious to manipulate their world; this Mad Libs–esque version of a staple deserves both a sturdier, more fluid structure and an older audience.(Board book. 3-4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442421073
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Series: Little Simon Sillies Series
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 479,777
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Gallo is an award-winning author who has worked in children's publishing for twenty years. She has written more than sixty children's books and currently resides in Throggs Neck, New York.

Kelly Bryne was born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1985 and grew up in a village called Street. She attended Plymouth University and worked as a designer at a book publishers in Bath before going solo as an illustrator. She loves all things decorative, drawing from memory and people-watching.

When she's not drinking tea or nibbling biscuits, Kelly spends her time sketching ideas and gazing at children's books. She also has a slight obsession with Agatha Christie.

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