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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 (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,234 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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I really laughed out loud with this book.
Ellen
The illustrations are outstanding and so is the story.
Holly F. Homan
Great twist on the old standard Three Little Pigs.
Kathleen R. Childers

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33 of 35 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1999
Format: School & Library Binding
My husband had hoped to sheild our daughters from the normal telling of this tale because he loves the story so much. The wolves are very creative, and portrayed much as wolves really are; pack animals just trying to live their lives in their nice house(s). The pig, well, pigs really can be quite brutal, and *would* go after peace-loving wolves. Fortunately, the wolves inadvertently discover how to appeal to the lighter side of the pig and make peace. The other animal characters are very well drawn and I especially like the "kind-hearted rhino". There are nice plays on words that I missed on the first readings, and the illustrations are appealing. We really like the house that gets blown up by the pig "who wasn't called big and bad for nothing".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
The three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig

By Eugene Trivizas

Once three little wolves got some bricks and made a house.But then the big bad pig came along and used a siedgehammer to make the house fall down.So the wolves asked a beaver with concrete for some and made a house.Next the pig came to the house and made it fall down.Then the rinno gave the wolves strong stuff to make a house with.Finlly the pig came and te house fell down and the wolves got some flowersand made a house and the pig came smelled the flowers and was good.

The theme of this book is stick together because the wolves don't go on different trails.The message is don't leave your family behind because the wolves don't leave each other behind.The gerne is fantasy fiction because wolves can not talk.I reccommed this book to my mom because she wants to make a strong house.

I like this book because the charactors different then the other three little pig books.I think the pig and the wolves were dran well because they were detaled.I like how the wolves were determaned to make a strong house.I liked the unacspeced events when the pig made the house fall down.
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