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An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending....
An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.
Posted February 7, 2004
I REALLY DISLIKED this book. I was innocently reading this book to my children at bedtime. The big, bad pig is terribly mean, putting me in mind of a terrorist, destroying every really well fortified house the wolves build for no purpose. Just when I'm feeling stressed both as the reader and for my small children listening, the solution to the problem is given. The terrorized wolves remove all safety precautions taken in building their home and instead build a home of flowers, which makes the pig nice and sweet and their friend. I felt this gave my children a completely unrealistic view of REALLY BAD people. Sometimes people are really evil (like this pig), both criminals and terrorists and planting flowers and being nice will not always protect you from them. I actually threw the book away so as not to be responsible for anyone else reading such a harmful message. I give this one negative stars!
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Posted May 13, 2014
What a wonderful twist on a very beloved, familiar fairytale. Mommy wolf is portrayed at the beginning of the book with her hair in curlers, her toenails polished and giving advice to her young cubs to go out and build their homes but beware of the big bad pig! I have to admit I loved the pig's character the very best. He is this big hulking, menacing looking thug that is up to no good and determined to destroy the houses of the wolves. There was however charm and charisma in that roly-poly form that made me like him. The wolves start out building a brick house and then graduate to stronger and stronger fortresses because it seems the bad old pig can always outsmart them and take their houses down, not by huffing and puffing but by using a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill and finally....dynamite.
Kids will laugh at his resourcefulness and cunningness as he outsmarts those little wolves and sends them packing from house to house. Finally, at their wits end, the wolves totally change their strategy of what materials to use, and ask a passing flamingo if they could use his "flowers" to construct their new home. They creatively design this amazing fragrant house and what happens then will change the pigs life forever. Miracles can happen, hard hearts can be softened and enemies can be coverted into lifelong friends. The illustrations are charming, full of expression and wit and could tell the story all on their own. This is a brilliant story with a fun turn of events that will have both kids and adults alike laughing out loud and cheering those little wolves on to success. Everyone loves a happy ending....and they all lived happily ever after....the perfect ending to a fairy tale indeed.
Posted August 16, 2013
I am a preschool teacher, and I teach a unit on 3 Little Pig story variations each year. This book has been the favorite each year, and is so much fun for my class. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2013
Bought this book on line for my grandson, I stopped reading the book halfway through and threw the book away.
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Posted May 15, 2010
This book turns the tables on the 3 Little Pigs, and instead consists of three gentle wolves terrorized by one big bad pig! Its a great twist and the extremes the wolves and the pig go to are hilarious and unexpected. Both boys and girls will get a kick out of their antics. They eventually resort to peaceful co-existence and it is interesting to see how they become friends in the end. My 7 year old enjoys this book a lot, I'm not sure that a child younger than 4 would really understand some of the ways the wolves protect themselves and the destructive ways the pig gets to them. Not every child maybe knows what a pneumatic drill is but it definitely looks impressive! The artwork is very detailed and lends a lot to the story. Seeing things destroyed and blown up is probably amusing to most kids and I'd recommend this book to almost anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2009
Posted January 17, 2008
This is one of my all time favourites. I have been reading it to preschoolers (and any adults who will listen) since it was published. The message is of persistence during extremely difficult circumstances (don't forget to rescue the china teapot!) I hope the reviewer who threw the book away gets it out of the bin and tries to see the beauty in this retelling. Children learn from many sources - one book will not teach them that an evil person can be changed with sweet smelling flowers, but it will start them on the path to acceptance of others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2007
I love this book. It's fun to read and introduces kids to a lot of words that you don't use in everyday conversation. How can you not love a story that has a pneumatic drill in it??Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2005
I think this story has a really different perspective from the original tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. I think this is a good book for a little older kids because there is some violence like a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill, and dynamite. I think it is a little violence for really young children. But a very fun and entertaining story to read. I really enjoyed it and I hope you do too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2004
Funny, charming, and an wildly entertaining, both for children and adults. A wonderful spin on a classic, told from a really different perspective. I never knew that wolves were so refined, so polite, and so sophisticated! The artwork is gorgeous. My students adore this book and ask me to read it again and again. They drink in at all the fine detail in the watercolor pictures, and they are tickled with the twist on the original fairy tale with which they are so familiar. I marvel and chuckle at the use of words and phrases like 'pneumatic drill,' a comical and sharp contrast to the delicate and dainty language in the descriptions of the wolves and their activities. The pig uses the jackhammer, which poses a poignant and sharp contrast to the refined wolves' beloved and very delicate china teapot. In a word, this book is brilliant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2004
This story has children looking at a classic story from a different point of view. It is a great story to use for comparing and contrasting. I highly recommend this book. It is a great way to introduce children to the language arts skills of comparing, contasting and what is similar.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2009
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