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Never doubt the power of a pig. We suspect this was David Wiesner's mantra when creating this brilliantly innovative fractured fairy tale.
What begins as a the classic tale of "The Three Pigs" evolves into a free-for-all when the Big Bad Wolf's efforts to blow down the straw house of Pig No. 1 have unexpected consequences -- Pig is blown right of the story! He ends up on the pages of the book, falling out of the frame and transformed into a three-dimensional character. This leaves Wolf completely bewildered. As he approaches Pig No. 2 and his house of twigs, he tries again. But Pig's brother arrives just in time, with news that there is safety outside the confines of the storybook pages. The brothers exit, and Wolf is once again befuddled. When the pigs reach their other brother in the brick house, the three of them decide it's time to get away from Wolf for good. They pummel the storybook frames until they are completely flat -- and then they make an airplane! After a bit of soaring, they crash-land. Finally, they realize that they're being watched. Readers will squeal with delight as one of the pigs peers into the audience, his face filling the entire page. The Three Pigs then jump into the pages of other rhymes, meeting up with a very friendly dragon and a sweet cat. At this point, the entire crew join forces and decide to teach Wolf a lesson. They reconstruct the story frames, and when Wolf begins to blow a pig's house down, Dragon jumps in and gives him the scare of his life. The gang have created a home of their own and a new beginning. And as in any other fairy tale, they live happily ever after.
Wiesner uses a combination of watercolor, gouache, colored inks, and pencils to achieve his varied perspectives. This sophisticated style and humor will not escape young readers. His creative chaos is fresh and rejuvenating, adding wit and style to typical fairy-tale fare. Particularily stunning is Wiesner's use of white space, which evokes the many possibilities these clever pigs possess. We give Wiesner's awesome creation...two snouts up. (Amy Barkat)