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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Did the story of the three little pigs ever seem slightly biased to you? All that huffing and puffing–could one wolf really be so unequivocally evil? Finally, we get to hear the rest of the story, “as told to author Jon Scieszka,” straight from the wolf’s mouth. As Alexander T. Wolf explains it, the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding. Al Wolf was minding his own business, making his granny a cake, when he realized he was out of a key ingredient. He innocently went from house to house to house (one made of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks) asking to borrow a cup of sugar. Could he help it if he had a bad cold, causing him to sneeze gigantic, gale-force sneezes? Could he help it if pigs these days use shabby construction materials? And after the pigs had been ever-so-accidentally killed, well, who can blame him for having a snack?

Find out more about Jon Scieszka in our Turkeybird Interview we did last year!

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8 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I wish I could figure out a way to tie it into my 5th grade U.S. History class just so I would have an excuse to read it every year. 😉

  2. Gina says:

    Great pick Danielle! Funny Karen (in the comments) should mention working it into 5th grade studies…that was when I was introduced to this book! Our teacher read it in class for a comparison between it and the original tale. Good stuff…and yes, I still have my copy these several odd years later. ^_^

  3. Jessica says:

    I adore this book! One of my favorites …and love the wolf’s “waste not, want not” attitude. Who turns down a perfectly good ham dinner?

  4. LOL how cute.
    It makes me think of an episode of Grimm I watched recently regarding the war between the wolves and pigs.

  5. Beth Hoffman says:

    This book sounds adorable!

  6. Cathe Olson says:

    I love Scieszka’s humor. I always include this one in my talks about fractured fairy tales (that and The Stinky Cheese Man . . .)

  7. Laurie says:

    I remember when we first brought this book home from a book fair when my now 28 yo, 27 yo, and 25 yo were little. We sat on the couch and laughed so hard. Honestly. One of those can’t catch your breath laughs. Such a great book.

  8. dafne maya says:

    i really wish i could meet jon even though i am only 10 years old his book knukleheads is my fav so far that i have read.wawwwwwwwhh i cry he my fav athour so far he is fun and funny

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