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The Three Ninja Pigs Hardcover – September 27, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399255141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399255144
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-In this fractured fairy tale, three little pigs are portrayed as frustrated siblings fed up with a wolf that loves to huff and puff and blow houses down. In an attempt to protect their homes in their Japanese village, they train at a Ninja school. As the first brother begins aikido lessons, he finds himself bored and drops out, which gives him little defense when the wolf comes to call. Pig Two attempts his skill at jujitsu but his confidence is larger than his capabilities, and he is no match for the villain. Their sister is the only one who studies well and practices until she masters karate. When the wolf arrives at her door, she settles the score and sends him running. Learning a lesson from their gutsy sister, the brothers return to their classes with more determination and success. Unlike the original tale, the pigs are given responsibility for their misfortune and a chance for improvement. The story has a clear message that success requires perseverance. The text and glossary include martial-arts terms. Santat's artwork is in manga style and has wonderful depictions of Japanese scenery and architecture. The pigs are full of motion and emotion as they train and battle with the wolf. Youngsters with an interest in martial arts and those seeking strong female characters will relish this picture book.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This riotous rumble of a takeoff begins with three pigs—two brothers and a sister—saying enough to the huffy puffy wolf destroying houses in their town. So it’s off to the ninja school, where the first brother takes up aikido, but he drops out in two weeks. The second brother takes jujitsu and makes good progress, but he is too impatient to keep up his lessons. Only sister pig, a karate student, becomes so skilled that she can break boards by “performing a perfect pork chop!” Anyone who knows the original story will be well aware of what comes next, but this standout version has so much motion, action, and laughs, kids will feel like they’re hearing it for the first time. Schwartz’s clever rhyming text flows nicely, and illustrator Santat (who holds a black belt in shotokan) really gets into things. Executed in Sumi brushwork on rice paper (and completed in Adobe Photoshop), the pictures have a three-dimensional feel that’s great when kicks and chops are being executed. Sayonara, Mr. Wolf. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ilene Cooper

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A fun book to read to the kids.
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My five year old daughter, two year old son and I loved this story so much, we gave it to my nephew for his birthday.
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The story is a great twist on the classic three little pigs story.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phil on September 27, 2012
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I love this book! It is such a fresh twist on the classic story. The rhymes are clever and fun-great for little ones, but sophisticated enough to keep the adults entertained as well. My son commented on how the pictures were awesome and exciting, full of so much action. In particular, I am thrilled that the pig who saves the day is the female pig. I'm always looking for strong, smart girls in stories as a role model for my daughter and this pig fits the bill. All in all, this is a great book and will be enjoyed over and over by my family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Shifrin on September 27, 2012
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I rarely write reviews on amazon but after reading "The Three Ninja Pigs" I felt compelled to do so. My boys love anything to do with karate/ninjas so I ordered this book. And not surprisingly my kids LOVED it! I literally had to read it to them three times in a row. But the real surprise was how much I enjoyed it. It is very well written, has great illustrations, and is very funny (from "Pork Chops" and "Mojos" rhymed with "Dojos"). I very highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lawrence on November 12, 2012
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We checked this one out of the library along with, literally, every other children's book published on ninjas. This is the one we had to read every night for 9 weeks, and will have to buy. As others have stated , the rhyming and meter are superb. It rolls off the tongue and is fun to read (even over and over again). The illustrations are excellent. But what really sets this book apart, in my opinion, is the lesson it teaches about persistence. The illustrations of the "smartest" pig progressing through all of her karate belts was not lost on my son (currently in karate). She is able to "defeat" the wolf by demonstrating her skills, not by fighting. An absolutely top notch retelling of the 3 pigs story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By philip on September 27, 2012
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This has to be my favorite fractured fairytale on the Three Little Pigs hands down. Corey's superb storytelling with flawless rhyme entertains and is sure to leave the reader giggling and rooting for those brave little piggy's. Dan's dynamic and comic character expression compliment the text perfectly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oemalia on February 27, 2013
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I only purchased this book because my son LOVES ninja's. This book is hysterical with lots of parental humor tied into the story :)

Best line of the book: "stay out of my hut, or I'll kick your big butt"

Cracks us up every time!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman VINE VOICE on August 10, 2013
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One of my daughter's favorite books is The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. When I read it to her, I noticed how much better it was than the original story of the Three Little Pigs, having a lot more substance to the story and being a very fun book to read. Another one that she enjoys is The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, a classic from when I was around her age. The story of the Three Ninja Pigs here seemed like a winner based on reviews and that it combines two things she likes- different takes on the classic pigs story, and martial arts. When the book arrived and I flipped through it before reading, I was convinced that she was going to love it because of the artwork. The Three Ninja Pigs is yet another fun tribute full of action packed illustrations and great rhymes. I just have a little problem with some of the martial arts-related things, but I'll get to that later.

The Big Bad Wolf in this story goes around blowing down houses, as wolves usually do, and three young pigs have had enough. They go to the ninja school and each one learns a different fighting style. Pig One learns aikido, Pig Two learns jujitsu and Pig Three learns karate. Pig Three, the sister of the other two, does very well with her style. She wakes up early, constantly practiced and mastered every move. The others, however, got bored quickly and thought they had learned enough to deal with the wolf. Naturally, they don't fare very well when he shows up at their homes, and history repeats itself as the brother pigs are chased out, running for their sister's after they fail to defend themselves. When it comes to Pig Three, she shows what she's capable of, smashing a stack of bricks that makes the wolf get the heck outta there, never to return.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Borland on May 5, 2014
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This book is really well done and easy to like, with one minor exception.

Someone gave us this book because our family is involved in martial arts. The aikido, jujitsu and karate described in this book are just plain inaccurate. Don't let that stop you from buying and enjoying the book, but it seems to me that, with a couple quick wikipedia searches, the authors could have made the book just as fun AND accurate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan S on February 25, 2013
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There are so many things to love about this book - artwork, rhymes, fun new words, a sister who takes charge. We absolutely love this book and recommend it to any family. While reading tonight, we tried to pick our our favorite page or character expression and we couldn't do it :) (Thanks to our local library who recommended it!)
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