Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs

Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs

by Frank Asch
     
 

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While his hardworking brothers carefully secure their houses against the Big Bad Wolf, fun-loving Ziggy--the hitherto unknown fourth little pig--decides to go to the beach. The traditional tale takes a twist when to everyone's surprise, the Wolf blows in the brick house. The three brothers run for their lives to Ziggy, whose resourcefulness takes the Wolf by surprise… See more details below

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While his hardworking brothers carefully secure their houses against the Big Bad Wolf, fun-loving Ziggy--the hitherto unknown fourth little pig--decides to go to the beach. The traditional tale takes a twist when to everyone's surprise, the Wolf blows in the brick house. The three brothers run for their lives to Ziggy, whose resourcefulness takes the Wolf by surprise and saves the day. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Magazine
In a gentle twist on the old standard, a fourth little pig, Ziggy, is added to the conventional three, here named Ted, Fred, and Ned. Clearly, Ziggy is a nonconformist. While the first three piggies diligently reinforce their houses of straw, sticks, and bricks in preparation for the Big Bad Wolf, Ziggy, who sleeps outside under the stars, sets off for a day at the beach. The others warn him of the imminent danger and offer the protection of their homes, but carefree Ziggy tells them that "it's too nice a day to be indoors." When the Wolf blows down all three houses-including that fortress of bricks-the three pigs run to the water, where they find safety at last on Ziggy's driftwood raft. As Lionni's Frederick put another spin on summertime industry in preparation for winter, Asch's Ziggy reminds us to lighten up and enjoy the sunny days. His bright blue skies and fluffy clouds reinforce the message, and the cozy cartoon pigs and not-too-frightening wolf (in fuchsia tank top) make this a good choice for giving young audiences their first dose of ironic humor. l.a.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Traditionally, the story of the Three Little Pigs is about the triumph of industriousness and diligence. But in this update, the hero is a nonconformist pig number four named Ziggy, who sleeps under the stars and prefers the beach to being locked safely indoors. Asch heightens the danger of the original by allowing the Wolf to blow down the third pig's brick house, but deprives the audience of a suitable comeuppance. The quartet merely eludes the Wolf rather than vanquishing him--they hop on a raft that Ziggy has built, and the Wolf huffs and puffs the craft and its crew "far out to sea" where he can't reach them. "We sure are glad you went to the beach today," the three porcine brothers tell Ziggy as they all enjoy a swim at the book's rather limp conclusion. Asch's computer-generated drawings are rendered in a chipper pastel palette, but the characterizations (only their clothes distinguish one pig from the next) have a wooden feel. They lack the charm and individuality of the mother-child duo in his Good Night, Baby Bear (reviewed above). Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this new twist on the popular tale of the three pigs, a fourth brother named Ziggy is added to the mix, creating a hilarious story that's hard to put down. After several unsuccessful attempts to persuade his three brothers ¾Ted, Fred, and Ned¾ to go swimming with him, Ziggy ignores their warnings about the big bad wolf and hits the beach where he swims, splashes and builds sandcastles without any worries. When the cantankerous wolf comes a knockin' and blows down the brothers' straw, stick, and brick houses, the bovine trio hightail it over to the beach where they find safety on Ziggy's tiny raft. Asch's simplistic, colorful drawings perfectly complement this charming story. This book will make an excellent addition to home and school fairy tale collections.
Library Talk
Children will enjoy the humor and playful language of this book. Useful in comparison units using famous folk tales and all their variants.
From the Publisher
Children will enjoy the humor and playful language of this book. Useful in comparison units using famous folk tales and all their variants.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550745153
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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