The Three Pigs

Hardcover | April 1, 2001

byDavid Wiesner

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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 offlight.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.

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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 ...

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

David Wiesner 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 two Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall and Mr. Wuffles . Internationally renowned for his visual storytelling, David has brought his artistry and his fascination with underse...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 9.07 × 11.53 × 0.41 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0618007016

ISBN - 13:9780618007011

Appropriate for ages: 4

Customer Reviews of The Three Pigs

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Imagination Dear Reader, If you hope this is a fairytale book you will be disappointed because David Wiesner has an extraordinary imagination. At the end of the book Tuesday the pigs were flying so I think David Wiesner wants to make a book of the three pigs on thier own adventure. I think it 's funny. I hope you are not disappointed about it. From, Ruba
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extreme Imagination Dear Reader, I think David Wiesner has an extreme imagination for writing the Three Pigs. The story was awesome. The illustrations were terrific and some kids in school enjoyed the Three Pigs. I like the part when they went on an adventure and they made new friends. They went into different stories and they came back home. David Wiesner is an excellent book designer. Sincerely, Kabishan
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extreme Book Designer Dear Reader, I think David Wiesner is an extreme book designer, and I like his extraordinary imagination. Little kids under 4 might be dissappointed about the three little pigs adventure. At the end of the book Tuesday there are pigs flying so I think that the three little pigs are from the book Tuesday. I had a good time reading the book. I enjoyed it a lot. Did you? Sincerely, Taha.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not What It Seems Dear Reader, You are going to find that this book is not what it seems. David Wiesner is an extraordinary author. He is funny for little kids like 4 year olds. He is the best. He is like Robert Munsch. Get your children to read the Three Little Pigs. It's not the original Three Little Pigs, it's a funny version. Have fun reading it. Yours truly, Cole
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Imagination Dear Reader David Wiesner has a great imagination! I want to read his books over and over again,but it is not what you think. The Three Pigs are on their own adventure this time. I think everyone should read his book. All of Mr.Wiesner's books are extraordinary. I love all his books. I hope you enjoy the book. Yours Truly, Alyssa
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weird Pigs Dear Reader, If you are looking for the story the Three Pigs this is not the fairytale. It's David Wiesner's imagination. I recommend this book for kids aged 4-8 because they woundn't undersand when they go in to another story book. Adults should read this book. Yours truly, Cullen
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weird Three Pigs Dear Reader, Hi, I love the three pigs big it has gotten weird. Do a picture walk. Look at the pages. Now do you see a diffence?You and your child would love it. I recommend this book for ages four and up. I hope you enjoy this book! From your friend Madeleine.
Date published: 2009-05-08

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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 ReviewChildren 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, StarredAs 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, StarredWith 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 theirnew 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 originalstory 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 PointersDavid 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.Horn Booknull Children's Books: 100 Titles NYPLArtwork explodes off the page and the layout pushes bookmaking convention as the porcine siblings and their pals explore new literary territory.SLJ Best Books of the Yearnull Best Books for Children Cahners "