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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Series: Reading Railroad
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 1 edition (October 23, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448422883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448422886
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Readers who grin when they pick up this title can be forgiven for correctly anticipating amusing antics within, especially if they are familiar with Marshall's other half-fractured fairy tales (including Goldilocks and the Three Bears , a Caldecott Honor book). Deadpan as ever, Marshall begins this one in a traditional way: the old sow sends her piglets off into the big world. Despite the protests of the tradesmen who sell them materials, both the first and second pig construct their flimsy houses of straw and sticks. In short order, they are gobbled up by the wolf. The pig who invests in bricks, of course, does the gobbling when he encounters the wolf, after a merry mass of near misses that blithely build suspense. There are fairy tales, and there are Marshall's tales. Readers can also be forgiven for preferring his over all the rest. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-- Marshall brings his own brand of humor to both text and pictures in this retelling of the popular nursery tale . He retains the classic format of the tale, including all of the familiar phrases ("I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in"), but his own asides make the story fresh and lively. For example, when the first little pig decides to build a house of straw, and the straw seller warns, "That's not a good idea," he expresses just what all the worldly wise six- and seven-year-old readers will be thinking. Without a word of description, the colorful cartoon illustrations in ink and watercolor give the three pigs separate personalities. The lazy pig builds a house of straw which takes him "no time at all," and the artistic pig, a stick house which is "very pretty." The wolf, with his slouching posture and shifty, yellow eyes, looks just the sort of character who would lose his temper and jump down the chimney when force and tricks fail to capture the third little pig. Good stories can be retold endlessly, and Marshall's inventive version of The Three Little Pigs is an excellent addition for all library picture-book collections. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including THE STUPIDS, MISS NELSON IS MISSING!, and the ever-popular GEORGE AND MARTHA books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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It is very bright and cheery.
sue
I used this book with puppets for a Library class with kindergarteners.
Dragon writer
James Marshall's retelling of this classic story is great.
Elsa C. Bisset

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just couldn't bear to let a middle school kid give this book an "average customer review" of one star. This book is a side-splitter. Absolutely hysterical. My children were rolling on the floor. Also get Marshall's "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Red Riding Hood" for a set of some of the best retellings ever. Marshall's wry sense of humor makes him a favorite in our home school.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
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My 2.5 year old loves this book. Now he asks everyone what their house is made of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Strawberryrain on March 28, 2012
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I like this story and my grandchildren enjoy the story and pictures, however they are still very small (less than 3 years). I gave it 4 stars because my daughter picked it up to read to the kids and was horrified that the wolf actually eats the pigs. In the end, the pig eats the wolf! But she doesn't know that because she decided it was inappropriate for the kids. I find the book amusing and think it tells the story how it really is supposed to be, except for a sidetrack near the end how the last piggie keeps arranging to meet the wolf then outsmarting him. When I think more about it it though, I suppose the theme is that it is teaching how to trick the bad guy so you can get even. Ok, now I am thinking WAY too much about it and can see my daughter's point of view. Bottom line is - it's a fairly tale that has been told for many decades, if not a century or so. It is a fun story to tell and very fun to read to little ones changing your voice to be the wolf or the wee little piggies, even better when you huff and puff and BLOW the house down! The kids enjoy it and I really don't think they think that much about it at all. After all, they eat pretty much anything themselves :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Austin on February 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love James Marshall books. I am a grandma and I collect them for myself. I even read them to my grandchildren. We like the humor. I am charmed by the great illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on April 18, 2008
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This version of The Three Little Pigs is witty, engaging, and easy for younger listeners to follow. The illustrations are also fantastic; fans of James Marshall will not be disappointed. The only flaw to this book, in my mind, is the font. The font is fine for adult readers, but for novice readers just learning how to negotiate books on their own, it is a little distracting and unclear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on December 11, 2009
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I really loved the the way the book began. It kept my 2 1/2 year old's attention until after the 3rd Little Pig's stone house. And then the author added a very long away around to end the story. It made no sense to me why they did it that way and my son, who is very good with concentration, loses interest as well as myself. So I have to make up the end of the story myself to keep his attention. Since my son loves the huffing and puffing, he likes to read the beginning. The great beginning, nice photos are worthy of a 3, but too long winded in the end. There are so many versions of this story, I think there could be a better one out there. However, I have no recommendations at this time.
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By mdgirl76 on April 13, 2014
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Cute version of an old classic. I love that it is thin and soft covered. Makes it easy to toss in a travel bag.
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By James Charnock on November 29, 2013
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This is obviously a variation on the original, beloved "Three Little Pigs" tale, but still wittily charming. Marshall's illustrations are eye-catching and definitely carry the story. Takes about 13 minutes to read aloud--with some elaboration--during story time. (Note: In this version the less-smart little pigs are gobbled up by the wolf; they don't escape to a sibling's house.)

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