The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen SchwartzThe Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz

The Three Ninja Pigs

byCorey Rosen SchwartzIllustratorDan Santat

Hardcover | September 27, 2012

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Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale.

Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren't going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons---he'll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu--he'll chop that guy to pieces!

But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren't quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA!

Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that'll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat's spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch!
Corey Rosen Schwartz has no true ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She lives in Warren, New Jersey, with her two kiddie-chans and her incredibly patient husband-san..Dan Santat holds a black belt in Shotokan. He lives with his family in Alhambra, California.
Title:The Three Ninja PigsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.31 × 8.94 × 0.32 inPublished:September 27, 2012Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399255141

ISBN - 13:9780399255144


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book--kids love it! Both of my kids love this book. The rhyming and rhythm of the story flow really well and it has a great ending. I was a bit concerned that this martial arts-inspired twist would have the pigs use violence to solve their wolf problem, but it doesn't (though, intimidation--yes). Overall it was a great purchase and an enjoyable read with the little ones.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute!!! Great twist on a classic story! This story was such a fun twist on the classic three little pigs tale. My kids loved the action, and they loved that the big bad bully wolf got scared away by some dazzling karate in the end! It has been a favourite since we got it and gets pulled from the bookshelf often.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kija...take that you mean old wolf This story is a wonderful twist on the original fairytale. Three little pigs live in Japan and this big old mean wolf just saunters into town one day and thinks he'll blow it all apart. The little pigs hear of this weapon of mass destruction and start preparing for the thug's arrival at their door. The first little pig goes off and takes aikido lessons but it's not long before he loses interest and his "I'll make mincemeat out of that wolf" is but a fleeting dream. The second brother learns jujitsu and he chops, chops, chops until it is not a novelty anymore and loses interest. The third little girl pig, on the other hand, takes up the art of karate. She works out diligently, she wills herself to do her best and to put into practise what she has been taught. She excels at the art and hones her skills to perfection. When she finally comes face to face with the big bad wolf after her failing brother's attempts to ward him off, she proves herself to be a force worth reckoning with. She fearlessly declares to the punk, "watch where you're steppin'/ I'm a certified weapon." The bully wolf, with his tail between his legs, succumbs to her powerful, "KIYA'S!" and heads for the hills never to be seen again. The illustrations are sassy and smart-alecky (is that a word?) and the rhymes roll out packing a punch to the twists and turns the author has created in this familiar bedtime story. I liked that the girl pig was the hero of the story and saved the day. The book is pure entertainment and loads of fun but with a moral ... you need to work hard and practise your skills with determination if you are to succeed. Highly recommended by me.
Date published: 2014-05-16

Editorial Reviews

"A fractured fairy tale to outcharm the original, “The Three Ninja Pigs” manages to one-up the well-worn story by setting it in Japan, sprinkling it with the language and discipline of martial arts. All in hilarious, impeccable rhyme." — The New York Times Book Review "For young martial arts fans seeking a lighthearted book about their hobby, Schwartz’s story should fit the bill. . . . The idea of three gi-clad pigs fighting the big bad wolf is a winner." — Publishers Weekly"A standout among fractured fairy tales, masterfully combining rollicking limerick verse with a solid story. . . . Have the contact info for the local dojo handy--readers will want to try out these martial-arts styles for themselves." — Kirkus Reviews"This standout version has so much motion, action, and laughs, kids will feel like they’re hearing it for the first time. Schwartz’s clever rhyming text flows nicely, and illustrator Santat (who holds a black belt in shotokan) really gets into things." --Booklist