The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner

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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight.
Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday’s frogs and Sector 7’s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618007011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Series: Edition 001 Series
Edition description: Reinforced Binding
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 145,279
Product dimensions: 11.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

David Wiesner is internationally renowned for his visual storytelling and has won the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam—the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of three Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr. Wuffles. He lives near Philadelphia with his family.


Outside Philadelphia, P.A.

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1956

Place of Birth:

Bridgewater, NJ


Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.

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Wiesner has created a funny, wildly imaginative tale that encourages readers to leap beyond the familiar; to think critically about conventional stories and illustration, and perhaps, to flex their imaginations and create wonderfully subversive versions of their own stories.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Children will delight in the changing perspectives...and the whole notion of the interrupted narrative...fresh and funny...Witty dialogue and physical comedy abound in this inspired retelling of a familiar favorite.
School Library Journal, Starred

As readers have come to expect from the inventive works of Wiesner, nothing is ever quite as it seems in his picture books. This version of the pigs' tale starts off traditionally enough—warm, inviting watercolor panels show in succession the tiny houses, their owner-builders and their toothy visitor. But when the wolf begins to huff and puff, he blows the pigs right out of the illustrations. Though Wiesner briefly touched on this theme in his Free Fall (fans may note a strong resemblence between the dragon in that volume and the one featured in these pages), he takes the idea of 3-D characters operating independently of their storybooks to a new level here. The three pigs land in the margins, which open out onto a postmodern landscape hung with reams of pages made for climbing on, crawling under and folding up for paper airplane travel. Together the pigs visit a book of nursery rhymes and save the aforementioned dragon from death at the hands of the knight. When they get the dragon home, he returns their kindness by scaring the wolf off permenantly.
Even the book's younger readers will understand the distinctive visual code. As the pigs enter the confines of a storybook page, they conform to that book's illustrative style, appearing as nursery-rhyme friezes or comic-book line drawings. When the pigs emerge from the storybook pages into the meta-landscape they appear photographically clear and crisp, with shadows and three dimensions. Wiesner's (Tuesday) brillant use of white space and perspective (as the pigs fly to the upper right-hand corner of a spread on their makeshift plane, or as one pig's snout dominates a full page) evokes a feeling that the characters can navigate endless possibilities—and that the range of story itself is limitless.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

With this inventive retelling, Caldecott Medalist Wiesner (Tuesday, 1991) plays with literary conventions in a manner not seen since Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1993). The story begins with a traditional approach in both language and illustrations, but when the wolf huffs and puffs, he not only blows down the pigs' wood and straw houses, but also blows the pigs right out of the story and into a parallel story structure. The three pigs (illustrated in their new world in a more three-dimensional style and with speech balloons) take off on a postmodern adventure via a paper airplane folded from the discarded pages of the traditional tale. They sail through several spreads of white space and crash-land in a surreal world of picture-book pages, where they befriend the cat from "Hey Diddle Diddle" and a charming dragon that needs to escape with his cherished golden rose from a pursuing prince. The pigs, car and dragon pick up the pages of the original story and return to that flat, conventional world, concluding with a satisfying bowl of dragon-breath-broiled soup in their safe, sturdy brick house. The pigs have braved the new world and returned with their treasure: the cat for company and fiddle music, the dragon's golden rose for beauty, and the dragon himself for warmth and protection from the wolf, who is glimpsed through the window, sitting powerlessly in the distance. On the last few pages, the final wqords of the text break apart, sending letters drifting down into the illustrations to show us that once we have ventured out into the wider worl, out stories never stay the same.
Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

David Wiesner's postmodern interpretation of this tale plays imaginatively with traditional picture book and story conventions and with readers' expectations of both. . . .Wiesner explores the possibilty of different realities within a book's pages. . . . Wiesner may not be the first to thumb his nose at picture-book design rules and storytelling techniques, but he puts his own distinct print on this ambitious endeavor. There are lots of teaching opportunities to be mined here—or you can just dig into the creative possibilities of unconventionality.
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Artwork explodes off the page and the layout pushes bookmaking convention as the porcine siblings and their pals explore new literary territory.
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The Three Pigs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
yarb on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Marvellous metafictional mangling of the fairytale which keeps the reader on his toes. My two-year old loves it - but the original will be a let-down now. Prize-winner and it shows.
es109031 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The story started out like the original Three Little Pigs Story, but then when the wolf comes and blows them a way the author put a good twist on the story when he had the pigs fly out of the story and into what seemed to be story book land.I can in some way relate to the story just because there are times in my life when i wish i could be blown into some on elses story for a little while.I think with this book in my classroom i would have the students maybe write there own version of The Three Little Pigs.
enagreen on LibraryThing 2 days ago
There are countless versions of the classic story of the Three Little Pigs, but this is the most unique one I have ever read. I was not expecting the twist Wiesner put on the story, and I was fascinated by the results. This is definitely a book I would like to add to my classroom library for students to read on their own; it would be worth it is my students enjoyed it even half as much as I did. The illustrations are fantastic, and it is a Caldecott Medal book.
GI142984 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The Three Pigs started out like the original story with the wolf coming to blow down their houses. When they reach the third house the story changes and the pigs set out on their own adventure. Some new additions are added to the story, but the pigs still end up happily ever after.This is the known beast tale that we all know and love, but the middle was really different in this book. The pigs set out on their own adventure and there wasn¿t much to read between the beginning and the end. Personally I didn¿t care too much for the story.I would have the students make their version of the little pig story since this book differs from the original. Another activity could be having a group activity to discuss the differences between this one and another author¿s books.
ezwicky on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The three pigs escape from the story. Marvelous pictures (including some from his other books) and a nice twist on several stories.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book has a very interesting concept. It is interesting to see this idea in an actually story that is so well known. This would not be a good story to start children off with. They will need to know the basic story before all the different variations are introduced. This book is a good example of a folktale because it has been passed down through many generations and is told to children.
Omrythea on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The story starts out as a familiar retelling of the Three Little Pigs, but then the pigs step out of their story and wander into various other fairy tales. So fun!
kshielee on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This story takes a classic fairytale and gives it a new twist. The Three Pigs fits under the fairytale category with the various talking animals. The setting of the story is also once upon a time... and there are good and evil characters. The setting of this book changes drastically, while still remaining in a fantasy land. With the change of the setting also comes a change in the illustrations, creating a great mixed media book.
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BM25 More than 1 year ago
The book The Three Pigs by David Wiesner is a wonderful book for students in the elementary levels. This book has received the Caldecott Award and falls under the Modern Fantasy genre. From the beginning the reader can tell that this might be a simple retelling of the classic story where the wolf huffs and puffs and thrown the poor little pigs houses to the ground. But on the contrary the reader is immediately engaged after a short twist where the pig is blown out of the story and begins talking to the reader then the same thing with the other pigs. From this point on the reader can tell that this is not the classic Three Pig version or a simple retell. The stories twist is very random, because once again they fall into other stories then they get out. The pigs explore a dragon story and drag along a few other characters. In the end they go back to their story along with the other characters and everything is fine, they have some soup and live happily ever after. This story is wonderful because it is so irregular and does not stick to the version most readers are used to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author and illustrator David Weisner puts an exquisite twist on the traditional version of "The Three Little Pigs" to make it his very own with "The Three Pigs". This children's fiction picture book allows the main characters, the three pigs, to leave its conventional story of the big bad wolf and building houses out of straw, sticks, and bricks and jump off the pages. The three pigs leave their own story and stumble into other stories where they meet a cat with a fiddle and a dragon that guards a golden rose. The pigs find the pages of their story again and jump back into action, but not without first bringing along a couple of friends.
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Sarah_Michelle More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of fairy tales and appreciate when they are retold. It can be difficult to keep it interesting though and I feel Wiesner does an amazing job at captivating the audience's interest from start to picture. While its a story people know, Wiesner manages to still keep it unqiue and different. I love the pictures (Wiesner won the Caldecott for this book) and it keep me smiling throughout the entire time I read it. The Three Pigs is a great story to be enjoyed by all!
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This book is of course about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, with a little twist to the story. Instead of the wolf eating the first little pig, the pig jumps to the side of the page as the wolf blows his house down. This also happens with the second pig, when the two pigs get to their brothers house they decide to loose the wolf for good. They jump to the edge and become flat they then build a paper airplane. While they are building the airplane and flying around they feel like they are being watched. Read the book to find out who is watching them and what the pigs do. Wisener, David. The Three Little Pigs. New York: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Three Pigs I found this book to be delightful. The colors and illustrations were brilliant. David Wiesner, a two time Caldecott winner, has taken a classic story and made it new and exciting. As the wolf goes from house to house the pigs leave the storybook pages in order to be safe. By doing this it incorporates other stories and literary works. They come across the cat with his fiddle, and meet a dragon. It was also interesting how the pigs were drawn differently when they left the story book pages. When outside the storybook the pigs were drawn with much more detail. They looked more realistic. Instead of being one solid color they had highlights and shadowing. You could see the hair on their bodies as if they were real pigs and not storybook characters. This is not the only award that David Wiesner has received. He also won the 1992 Caldecott reward for his book Tuesday. He now lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs. New York. Clarion Books, 2001. Reading level: 2.3
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: The Three Pigs Reading Level: Third Grade 3.6 Genre: Fairy Tale About the Author: David Wiesner was born on February 5, 1956, in Bridgewater, New Jersey. As a child, Wiesner re-created his world with his imagination. His imagination led him to develop an interest in the history of art. Mr. Wiesner studied many Renaissance and surrealist artist, and was inspired by these artists. In his spare time, he would sit and construct wordless comic books. After graduating from Rhonde Island School of Design, Wiesner was able to commit himself to the study of art and explore his passion for wordless storytelling. There he learned the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Since graduating from art school, Mr. Weisner has published more than ten award-winning children¿s books. Two of his books are Caldacott Honor books. He received the 1992 Caldecott Medal for Tuesday and the 2002 Caldecott Medal for The Three Pigs. Book Review: The Three Pigs is a wonderful new twist on the children¿s nursery rhyme The Three Pigs. The story begins the same as the nursery rhyme, but takes a delightful turn. When the wolf approaches the first house and blows it in, he blows the pig right out of the story frame. One by one, the pigs exit the fairy tale¿s border and set off on an adventure of their own. Folding a page of their own story into a paper airplane, the pigs fly off to visit other story books, rescuing dragons and luring the cat and the fiddle out of their nursery rhyme. I would recommend The Three Pigs to children for fun reading enjoyment. Bibliographic Information: Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of the Three Pigs has been passed down over the years. It's even been retold into what the wolf's side of the story was. A story of trickery, will the big bad wolf succeed in tricking all 3 little pigs? I have enjoyed the story when I was younger and still do. I am sure children to come will cherish it just as much. Weisner, David. The Three Pigs. NY: Clarion. 2001.