The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs

Paperback | March 1, 1996

byJon ScieszkaIllustratorLane Smith

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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

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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 bet...

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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 outl...

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....

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 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

Reviews

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

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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