The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 23, 2001 | Picture Books |

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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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 Pages, 11.02 × 8.66 × 0 in

Published: April 23, 2001

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618007016

ISBN - 13: 9780618007011

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 Pages, 11.02 × 8.66 × 0 in

Published: April 23, 2001

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618007016

ISBN - 13: 9780618007011

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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.

From the Jacket

Three pigs...
Straw, sticks, bricks...
Huffs and puffs...
You probably know the rest.
It's an old story,
and every time someone tells it
the same thing happens.

But who says it's supposed to?
Who's in charge of this story?
Who gets to decide?
Has anyone asked the pigs?
No?
Well, it's about time someone did.

Here, thanks to David Wiesner, is the answer.

DAVID WIESNER is the author/artist of Tuesday, a Caldecott Medal winner; Free Fall and Sector 7, both Caldecott Honor winners; June 29, 1999; and Hurricane. He is also the illustrator of Eve Bunting's Night of the Gargoyles.

Ever since the pigs took tot he air at the end of Tuesday, he has wanted to give them a book of their own.

Mr. Wiesner lives with his family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

About the Author

David Wiesner''s interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award''s history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.

Editorial Reviews

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 deat
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