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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig Paperback – April 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780689815287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689815287
  • ASIN: 068981528X
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A talented team ingeniously up-ends the classic tale of the three little pigs, and the laugh-out-loud results begin with the opening illustration--a mother wolf lounges in bed, her hair in curlers and her toenails freshly polished, with her three fluffy, cuddly offspring gathered round. The wolf siblings, amply warned about the big bad pig, construct their first house of sturdy brick, a medium which resists the pig's huffing and puffing but is no match for his sledgehammer. Their abodes become progressively more fortress-like, and the pig's implements of destruction, correspondingly, grow heftier, until the wolves try another tack and weave a house of flowers. The fragrance so intoxicates and tames the pig that he and the wolves live together happily ever after. In his English-language debut (see note, p. 55), Trivizas laces the text with funny, clever touches, from an ensemble of animals who obligingly donate whatever building materials the wolves require, to the wolves' penultimate, armor-plated residence replete with a "video entrance phone" over which the pig can relay his formulaic threats. Oxenbury's watercolors capture the story's broad humor and add a wealth of supplementary details, with exquisite renderings of the wolves' comic temerity and the pig's bellicose stances. Among the wittiest fractured fairytales around. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3. A menacing pig is thwarted by three endearing young wolves in this new twist on the porcine favorite. Three cheers for these frisky, frolicking creatures?and for the swine who learns the joy of friendship and beauty.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The illustrations are outstanding and so is the story.
Holly F. Homan
The wolves in this book start with bricks and progress to steel and concrete fortresses to keep the big bad pig out.
S. Hinman
This is definately on of my favorite childrens books to read.
Cathy Slay

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Chapulina R on January 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a kid, I loved wolves and hated the Three Little Pigs. So this funny, wolf-friendly revision of the creepy old classic really tickles me! It begins with Mama Wolf sending her doting pups off into the wide world with the warning: "Beware of the Big Bad Pig!" Keeping Mama's message in mind, the trio decides to build a strong house for protection from the boorish boar. The three fluffy, friendly, refined little wolves are never named, but I like to call them Frasier, Niles, and Daphne. The pig, a burly bully of a construction-worker, could be named Brutus. Safe in the yard of their new brick home, the little wolves play a spirited game of squash. Suddenly the swaggering swine shows up! In a reversal of the original tale, the Big Bad Pig pounds on the wolves' door and demands to come in, while they quaver, "Not by the hair on our chinny-chin-chins!" Then, using his construction hardware, the pig destroys the brick house, and the wolves flee with their fluffy tails between their legs! As the three little wolves build progressively massive fortresses, the big bad pig employs heavy ground-breaking and demolitions equipment to smash them to rubble. At last, the little wolves have no materials left with which to build, except -- ah, but I'm not going to give away the surprise! Let's just say, the ending is a lot sweeter than the original. No one gets boiled alive or devoured, and the the classic adversaries even become friends. Kids and parents will love the beautiful artwork and the silliness of the story, although the ending might seem just a bit too saccharine after all the destruction and mayhem.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a parent with young children who like to be read to every night, it is very easy to quickly approach fifty readings of the same story. It can be painful, and all we as parents can do is try to introduce into the household books that we also appreciate. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is absolutely hilarious. There is the obvious role reversal and the introduction of modern building materials for the wolves, such as Plexiglas and video surviellance, and equally destructive tools are available to the big bad pig. The pig is a persistent menace who craftily wields a pneumatic drill and gleefully triggers the dynamite fuse, and it is easy to worry about conveying the wrong message to the kids while laughing so hard that I had to take a composure break. In the end, sensitivity wins over brute force and the positive massage is clear to all, but not before very clever entertainment through great illustrations and witty prose. It so apparent that the authors enjoyed writing this book, as we enjoyed reading it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Edwards on September 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig has been a favorite story in our household for many years. We love it! I can't recommend this story enough!!!! The big bad pig is a tyrant and the wolves are such ingenious engineers, it makes the Big Bad Pig look even more formidable with his sledgehammer and dynamite. I recently purchased the pop-up version for a friend, but can honestly say I enjoyed reading the ordinary book more than the pop-up version. The pop-ups were very distracting and I think it takes away the energy from the story and the reader becomes disengaged, trying to fiddle with all the contraptions. I vote for the good old-fashioned book version any time!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book this is, turning the traditional story upside down. Other authors have done this, but Eugene Trivizas is particularly clever and Helen Oxenbury�s drawings capture the personalities very well. The role reversal is easy enough, but Trivizas adds layers of humor with his descriptions of the wolves and the pig. The �three cuddly little wolves with soft and furry tales� enjoy such genteel pursuits as croquet, battledore, and shuttlecock, and the big bad pig uses a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill, and dynamite to destroy the very study houses. There�s a wonderful paradoxical ending (the house made of flowers is the strongest), just one of the many creative twists and turns to the traditional story. Despite the pig�s potent methods of destruction, no animals are hurt (except for some slightly scorched tales) in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting story that has its twists and turns. When you look at the title you think that this is the normal story with the three little pigs except with this one, it's the three little wolves. You're dead wrong if you think that. That's why you should read this book.

Instead of building the houses with hay, wood, and bricks, the three little wolves start off with bricks then they use concrete and finally they make a house out of metal and I'd say that it's even better than a bomb shelter. You have to remember that the pig is not just bad, he's big. Every house that the wolves build the big bad pig would try to blow his house down but if that didn't work then he would get a toll and smash it into pieces. After all their hard work, nothing pays off...until...they build a house out of... I won't spoil that part for you guys. If you read it, you'll find out and hoe they finally resolved the big, bad pig.

I'd say that this story is for all ages since The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf is a legendary story. It's a great bedtime for kids ages 6 - 11. The only thing that I suggest that you do is read The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf first. That way they know that there are many different versions of this story.

I gave this book a rating of 3 stars only because I based that mostly on what I thought of the ending. You may disagree with me but that's you're opinion. I hope all the children like this book as much as I did, well the beginning anyway.
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