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Wait! No Paint! Hardcover – June 5, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (June 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060282703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060282707
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this cheeky burlesque, the Three Little Pigs tangle with a wolf and an unseen illustrator who is short on art supplies. The tale begins as usual, with the pigs constructing homes of straw, sticks and bricks. "The first little pig had just finished building his house when he heard a splash. `Oops!' said a Voice from nowhere in particular. `I spilled my juice.' " An authentic-looking glass and its shiny liquid contents lie across the cartoon image, drenching the white page and two-dimensional straw house. "The house collapse[s] with a wet plop" before the big bad wolf can blow it down, and the soggy pig scurries to his brother's place. Later, the artist runs out of red paint and whimsically substitutes chartreuse for the pigs' customary rosy tint. The pigs don't find this amusing. Whatley (Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe) saddles the book with an unmemorable title that doesn't do justice to his comical trompe l'oeil spreads. Photorealistic paintbrushes, whittled pencils and squeezed-out paint tubes are superimposed on stylized cartoons, and the pigs confront their glib creator eye to eye. All the characters, wolf included, behave like frustrated actors with a maddening director. By interrupting familiar characters with technical concerns, Whatley turns the story into a theater piece in which offstage antics appear front and center. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Although familiar elements from "The Three Pigs" are included here, several threads are new. A cup of juice spills on the first pig's straw house, causing it to collapse before the wolf blows on it, and the wolf's nose is erased and redone after he slams into the door of the second pig. It turns out that the force behind these events is the Voice, which belongs to the illustrator. He has run out of red paint and so the pigs are white. After making them green, patterned, and polka-dotted, and realizing that with no red paint there can be no fire to boil the wolf, the four characters are given a whole new identity. Children will laugh at the last picture in which the characters are placed into the story of "Goldilocks." The book will be of great help in starting discussions on what an illustrator does. The pigs' expressions are priceless; their exasperation at being the wrong color comes through clearly. Whatley's accessible variation joins David Wiesner's unique vision and masterful technique in The Three Pigs (Clarion, 2001) and Barry Moser's humor in The Three Little Pigs (Little, Brown, 2001).
Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations our beautifully done.
Tara
Your child will love the quirky twist and the unpredictability of the story's hilarious ending.
Storywraps
It is read at least once a week at bedtime!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on August 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
You know the story...Once there were three little pigs who built three little houses: The first with straw, the second with sticks and the third with bricks. Then there was the big bad wolf who wanted to huff and puff and blow their houses down and eat them. And of course the illustrator...Ah, this is where the usual story takes a left turn and becomes a hilarious UNusual tale..... Bruce Whately has outdone himself with this very clever and humorous picture book that adds a clumsy illustrator with all kinds of paint problems to the mix. First he spills his juice on the straw house, it collapses into a mushy mess and the poor pig barely gets out alive. Then he runs out of red paint, so the pigs aren't pink anymore and look like ghosts. He tries to remedy the problem with another color, green, but all agree that green pigs just won't work. In the meantime, the wolf has climbed up on the roof and is about ready to slide down the chimney, so the pigs decide to build a fire to keep him out. Only without red paint, they can't build a really hot fire and without a fire, the wolf will have no trouble coming in and eating them up. The story is definitely getting out of control and that's when one little pig says the magic words: "We don't want to be in this story anymore!"..... Mr Whately's witty text, full of jokes, wordplay and surprises, coupled with his marvelously expressive and "sometimes" colorful illustrations, is a laugh out loud romp youngsters 4-8 will want to read again and again. With an unexpected twist at the end to really tickle your funny bone, Wait! No Paint! is a book that shouldn't be missed and a terrific addition to all home bookshelves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara on June 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
You will laugh out loud reading this book to your child(ren) It's a funny tale about the misadventures of the Illustrator and the retelling of the 3 little pigs. First there's a a glass of juice that spills then redrawing the big bad wolf and then the worst the Illustrator runs out of red paint. This is a great juncture betweeen the drawn world and the real world.
The illustrations our beautifully done.
I don't purchase many hard bound childrens boks but this one is worth the money.
Add this to your collection of Three Little Pigs stories. ~ 3 Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig ~ The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
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The Three Little Pigs story has been slightly twisted around here. Once your child has grown used to the original version, they'll love this take on the story. It starts out in the similar vein but goes off in another direction once the illustrator runs out of red paint and cannot draw the pigs pink any more. The funny twist at the end always gets us laughing.
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By Life Long Learner! on July 12, 2014
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Love the book! Such a wonderful story to teach children about the job of the author and illustrator. I can't wait to use this in my classroom!
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The three little pigs are busy doing what the three little pigs always do....building their houses ... and the first little guy gets soaked with a tsunami of spilled juice which causes his straw abode to collapse right in front of him....oh my!! The big bad wolf enters the scene and gets his nose slammed into the door of the second little pig's house causing his nose to need some corrective surgery because oh my....how his nose shape has altered. Who is doing all these interventions into a perfectly happy and familiar story? Who is the driving force behind these events and whose voice is that? Well the reader comes to find out that it is the illustrator of the book who is injecting himself into their pages . The piggies are not amused. And then low and behold, right in the middle of the story, guess what? The illustrator runs out of red paint....oh my! The poor little piggies are drained of colour, pasty white in fact and then the designer has no choice but to experiment with other colours for them. He makes a creative choice and paints them green. We all know from listening to Kermit the frog how that turned out with his famous song, "It's Not Easy Being Green" don't we? Out of red paint means out of fire that the piggies need at the end of the story because how can you build a hot, steaming, menacing fire without the coveted colour red to fend off that crazy wolf who is about to climb down your chimney and gobble you up? Your child will love the quirky twist and the unpredictability of the story's hilarious ending. I laughed right out loud. This is a fabulous book. Both young and old will get such a kick out of it I promise you! I highly, highly recommend it.
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By Linda P. on April 13, 2014
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This children's picture talks right out at you using the voice of the illustrator who has run out of red paint in coloring the three pigs who are in danger from the big bad wolf. It's written in a tongue and cheek style that is whimsical and fun to read as an adult and only hope that young children appreciate the books unique humor and cleverness.
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This is a clever story that was read out loud to third graders. Be sure to read it slowly and with different voices so they can follow along. Once they understand, they think the story is hilarious. I would not avoid reading it out loud because a number of them wanted to read the story themselves.... which is a good thing.
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