Once upon a time three pigs built three houses, out of straw, sticks, and bricks. Along came a wolf, who huffed and puffed... So, you think you know the rest? Think again. With David Wiesner at the helm, it's never safe to assume too much. When the wolf approaches the first house, for example, and blows it in, he somehow manages to blow the pig right out of the story frame. The text continues on schedule--"...and ate the pig up"--but the perplexed expression on the wolf's face as he looks in vain for his ham dinner is priceless. One by one, the pigs exit the fairy tale's border and set off on an adventure of their own. Folding a page of their own story into a paper airplane, the pigs fly off to visit other storybooks, rescuing about-to-be-slain dragons and luring the cat and the fiddle out of their nursery rhyme.
Wiesner, Caldecott Medal recipient for Tuesday, and Caldecott Honor winner for both Sector 7 and Free Fall, prefers not to wait around until pigs fly. He gives them wings (or paper airplanes) and sets them on their way! In his latest flight of fancy, Wiesner uses shifting illustration styles and fonts to startle complacent readers into an imaginary world even as they ponder the conventional structure of story. His trademark crafty humor and skewed perspectives will tickle readers pink (even the nonporcine variety)! (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter
Even the book's younger readers will understand the distinctive visual code. As the pigs enter the confines of a storybook page, they conform to that book's illustrative style, appearing as nursery-rhyme friezes or comic-book line drawings. When the pigs emerge from the storybook pages into the meta-landscape, they appear photographically clear and crisp, with shadows and three dimensions. Wiesner's (Tuesday) brilliant use of white space and perspective (as the pigs fly to the upper right-hand corner of a spread on their makeshift plane, or as one pig's snout dominates a full page) evokes a feeling that the characters can navigate endless possibilities--and that the range of story itself is limitless. Ages 5-up.
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THIS BOOK IS NOT LIKE THE ORIGINAL STORY! ( it's much better!!!!! :D) SO PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK BEFORE BUYING! Read morePublished 22 days ago by alexandra martinez
Ok so the grandkids and I settle in to read the book of the 3 little pigs which is a story shared from generations to generations. NOT this version!!! Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good book to read with third and fourth grade students.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
My 8-year-old grandson loved this! He just laughed out loud. We have read this quite often (and he keeps laughing). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jane
What a horrible waste of good cover art. This thing is a rag. If he can get printed, then anyone can! What a stupid rendition of a classic children's story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Horst