The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs by Jon ScieszkaThe True Story Of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs

byJon ScieszkaIllustratorLane Smith

Paperback | March 1, 1996

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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.
In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
Children’s Literature
“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
School Library Journal
Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction....
Title:The True Story Of The Three Little PigsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.56 × 8.5 × 0.13 inPublished:March 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140544518

ISBN - 13:9780140544510

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope My son and I both didn't like this story at all. I thought we would enjoy it as the reviews seem to be good but no - it wasn't good.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative and Funny, a book you wont forget love this book when i was younger and still do! its creative and funny something you'll remember even when you've grown up!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creative! one of my favourite books as a child (& still is!), this creative twist on a classic fairytale is bound to make you smile and laugh and consider what other tales we got wrong!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is a fantastic twist on a classic. As told by the wolf, we've had it wrong all along - it really was not his fault and he really wasn't after the three little pigs! You'll love it!
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An interesting perspective flip of a classic fairytale. Imaginative and recommended to everybody. I remember being read this book as a child and I really enjoyed it. It looks at the story of the three little pigs but from the wolf's point of view. The story takes interesting twists and turns and people of every age can enjoy it. Warmly recommended.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Truth is Finally Revealed! The time has come for the Big Bad Wolf to explain what really happened to the three little pigs! Kids will love this humorous take on a classic tale!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a classic An amazing twist on a well-known tale. I have read this so many times and love it every time!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Cute Twist Such a cute twist on a classic, my daughter and her class loved this book!
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I love it, I remember reading this book as a child and I have always wanted to pass this along to my kids, now I can, and the price is perfect
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite! Used to be my favourite book to take out from my elementary school library. Such a fun book for kids!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my childhood favourites! I had this book growing up and loved it; now I've gotten copies for my daughter and niece and they love it just as much.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny! Loved this book so much as a kid. A hilarious take on the 3 little pigs
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This story is from my childhood! I was so excited to get this book, I remember reading this when I was in grade 2 and cannot wait to read it to my baby.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Probably one of the first, if not the very first, fractured fairy tale, this time told from the Wolf's perspective. Can use with younger children (I'd say Grade 1 or so) all the way up to Grade 7 or 8 (as a drama activity).
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still love this book! I recently bought this book for my kids after remembering how much I loved it in elementary school! It's still just as cute and has a great message as it was then. If you are looking for a good story time read, you've found it! And for a great price!
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I got a kick out of this book I read this book,and thought, it was very good. So I gave it to an older man friend as a birthday gift.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've given this book to everyone I know!!! I love this book!!! The first time I heard this was when I was working in a daycare. The kids loved it. I have since bought this book for anyone I know who has kids. It's great. It can teach kids that there are always 2 sides to a story and that a person needs to be open minded.
Date published: 2007-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS! This story has to be the funniest revision for young readers next to "The Frog Prince Continued". If you thought you knew the popular fairy tale, then you were wrong! From the perspective of the wolf, the author attempts to teach children how each story has more than one side to it while remaining light and humourous at the same time. Add it to your collection, or give it as a gift-- you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So that's what really happened.... This is a great book. It tells you the "real" story of what happened to the 3 little pigs. Kids will love to hear the other side of the story. This will make them laugh and they wil enjoy it. Then they will make up their own version of the story too. This makes the book great for parents and teachers. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2001-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watta Work Of Art I thought the book would be an excellent book for ages 8-13. I really enjoyed the the twist in the book.
Date published: 2001-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Connor's Favorite Book A multilayered book that is just as enjoyable for parents as it is for the kids. Very funny. Get the cassette tape that can be ordered with it.
Date published: 1999-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This was a wondefully humorous book. It was the only version of the three little pigs that ever made me laugh! All I have to say is: BUY IT!!!!!!!
Date published: 1999-07-03

From the Author

From the desk of Lane Smith:                     "A lot of reviewers have misidentified my technique as airbrush or dyes or even egg tempera. I think this is because it almost looks as if it was sprayed with paint with little dots of color and texture visible. Actually, my work is rendered in oil paints. I paint on board, building up several thin glazes of the oil, sealing them between coats with an acrylic spray varnish. This not only dries the oil instantly, but also causes a chemical reaction between the oil and the acrylic. Normally, it would be a mistake to combine two opposites like this and in fact it was a mistake the first time I did it, but I liked the results. I'm a big fan of artists who play with surfaces. I love texture and grunge. The trick is to know when to stop. Sometimes I keep adding more and more layers until I've ruined the piece. Usually I stop when the painting starts to look interesting. Then I go in with a fine brush and add details, lights and darks, etc. It's a laborious process, but it's unpredictable and it keeps me interested and surprised. Of course, I'm influenced by other illustrators too, like N.C. Wyeth, Maurice Sendak, Arthur Rackham, Edward Lear, Gustav Dore and Tomi Ungerer. I hope I can follow the path these dark illustrators have walked, or at least use the sidewalk that runs alongside it."

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. For those who think they know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad Wolf, here it is as they've never heard it before. In this highly acclaimed collaboration between Scieszka and Smith, Alexander T. Wolf tells his side of the incident. Was it premeditated swineacide or simply an accident? Readers can decide for themselves in this laugh-aloud tale that's sure to tickle the funny bone. A New York Times Best Book of the Year. An ALA Notable Book. Full color