The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, A. Wolf

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A spoof on the three little pigs story, this time told from the wolf's point of view. Lane Smith also illustrated Hallowe'en ABC which was one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year.


A spoof on the three little pigs story, this time told from the wolf's point of view. Lane Smith also illustrated Hallowe'en ABC which was one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this gaily newfangled version of a classic tale, Scieszka and Smith ( Flying Jake ) argue in favor of the villain, transforming the story of the three little pigs into a playfully suspicious, rather arch account of innocence beleaguered. Quoth the wolf: ``I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong.'' According to his first-person testimony, the wolf went visiting the pigs in search of a neighborly cup of sugar; he implies that had the first two happened to build more durable homes and the third kept a civil tongue in his head, the wolf's helpless sneezes wouldn't have toppled them. As for his casual consumption of the pigs, the wolf defends it breezily (``It seemed like a shame to leave a perfectly good ham dinner lying there in the straw'') and claims cops and reporters ``framed'' him. Smith's highly imaginative watercolors eschew realism, further updating the tale, though some may find their urbane stylization and intentionally static quality mystifyingly adult. Designed with uncommon flair, this alternative fable is both fetching and glib. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs. He claims that he runs out of sugar for a cake that he is making for his grandmother. In an effort to locate sugar for his recipe, he visits the homes of his pig neighbors. At the first two houses, he goes into sneezing fits and ends up blowing the houses down, killing both pigs. Of course he couldn't let those two good meals go to waste, so he eats them up! When he visits the third house, occupied by a grouchy pig, the wolf endures nasty insults, and as a result, tries to knock down the front door. When the police arrive at the scene, they capture an angry sneezing and wheezing wolf. After he ends up in jail, the wolf claims that he is being framed by the media, who are "blowing" the whole story out of proportion. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-- Victim for centuries of a bad press, Alexander (``You can call me Al'') T. Wolf steps forward at last to give his side of the story. Trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old Granny, Al calls on his neighbors--and can he help it if two of them built such shoddy houses? A couple of sneezes, a couple of dead pigs amidst the wreckage and, well, it would be shame to let those ham dinners spoil, wouldn't it? And when the pig in the brick house makes a nasty comment about Granny, isn't it only natural to get a little steamed? It's those reporters from the Daily Pig that made Al out to be Big and Bad, that caused him to be arrested and sent to the (wait for it) Pig Pen. ``I was framed,'' he concludes mournfully. Smith's dark tones and sometimes shadowy, indistinct shapes recall the distinctive illustrations he did for Merriam's Halloween ABC (Macmillan, 1987); the bespectacled wolf moves with a rather sinister bonelessness, and his juicy sneezes tear like thunderbolts through a dim, grainy world. It's the type of book that older kids (and adults) will find very funny. --John Peters, New York Public Library

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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9.00(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.25(d)
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).  In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at

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True Story of the Three Little Pigs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
GaGaTX More than 1 year ago
This gives a definite new twist to the Three Little Pigs, and lets everyone know that there are always two sides to every story, regardless. It is all in the perception - and of course who is telling the story. Great for kids, and fun for adults to read to them. I have given this book as a gift on many occasions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story and very interesting reading the other side of the story! My children loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A humorous version of what the wolf was thinking when he came upon the 3 pigs. A quick and funny read for young ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My class really enjoyed reading the story from the Wolf's point of view. One of my students did not like how the Wolf was asking the Pigs for sugar. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not only is the book funny, its also entertaining! Everyone loves it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was  told from the wolfs point of view and he was allowed to give his statment Al (the big bad wolf) shouldnt be sent to the pig pen for something he didn't do. Al is a wolf who went to norrow sugar and couldnt help what happend to the 1 and 2 nd pigs houses the built it out of twig and hay and if he sneezed of course it would blow away but the 3 pig shouldnt have said any thing about his granny because of course he would get offense thats his grand mother and Al got up set. and thats the stor.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for elementary school kids -- learning tool for alternative options to a story
AKepsel More than 1 year ago
To a five year old sneezing is funny so this book was received well in my home. We followed it up by making small houses out of cards, sticks, and blocks and trying to sneeze them down. Fun book, fun activities. I'd recommend it to friends.
Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
Love it!
EAShelton More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this books was to my best friends five year old son. He had read it before so he knew what to expect! I was simply expecting the original story of the Three Little Pigs, but was pleasantly surprised! Not only was I completely mistaken, I ended up feeling sorry for Wolf! This is a fun and easy book to read. I stated above that both children and adults will love this book! It is so true! I read a ton of children¿s literature and this is definitely at the top of my list! The dry sense of humor is wonderful for the adults who are reading to their children and the story plot is hilarious for children! The illustrations are beautiful and fun for the children and adults to look at. All the details are amazing! However, I still feel that the storyline is where the true genius lies. Who would have thought to retell this story from the Wolf¿s point of view? After all, isn¿t he the ¿bad guy?¿ Well, by the end of this book I have a feeling you will have a different outlook on Mr. Alexander T. Wolf. Enjoy this amazing book! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! (P.S) The story is MUCH better when you do all of the different voices!
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Proud_Mom More than 1 year ago
My mother used to read this story to me when I was little and I bought it for my daughter for this upcoming christmas. I enjoyed this book so much its one of 3 that I remember from childhood. I do hope my daughter will enjoy it as much as I did!! Its a cute story that adults and children alike will love and love to read over and over again!
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RMC10 More than 1 year ago
For a kid with a good sense of humor, this is a great book. It puts a funny twist of the original story of the three little pigs as well as teaching children that theres more than one side of a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love loved this book!!!
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AngelLady More than 1 year ago
Every time I try to read it to children, the adults gather.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to read aloud to children. It haves them laughing and enthralled
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Girtrude More than 1 year ago
This book as it might be for children is an amazing book for adults as well. It has great characteristics and feelings. This story makes me remember the golden rule. i know this for a fact. Jon Scieszka is an amazing narator as much as he is an amazing author. I hope when you read this book you will enjoy it as much as i did for the first time.
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Wonderful, creative story.