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The Three Little Pigs Hardcover – September, 1997

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. This contemporary retelling features Serafina Sow, whose mission in life is to bring waffles to the world. After building a highly successful wafflery, she retires to the Gulf of Pasta, leaving the family business in the hands of her capable offspring, Percy, Pete, and Prudence. The three operate the business and build themselves comfortable homes of straw, wood, and brick, of course. Enter Tempesto, a thugish, leather-jacketed wolf. He orders the three pigs to cook themselves?he isn't interested in waffles. Kellogg's usual busy, highly defined illustrations complement the humorous, clever text. In the satisfying, nonfatal ending, Serafina Sow returns from retirement to help her children defeat Tempesto, who has the meanness steamed out of him after coming down the chimney into the waffle iron. He is sent to the Gulf of Pasta in Serafina's place, where he spends his days as a mellow beach bum. A tempting choice to pair with Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989) and your favorite traditional version for porcine storytime fun.?Lisa Falk, Palos Verdes Library, CA
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Ages 5^-8. Just as the pig family in this story soups up their old waffle iron with four wheels and various tanks, pipes, and hoses, so Kellogg takes a favorite folk tale and adds his own inventive touches of character, plot twists, and humor. Serafina Sow supports her three little pigs with her traveling waffle business, but when the children graduate from Hog Hollow Academy, she retires to the Gulf of Pasta and turns the business over to the next generation. Percy builds a straw bungalow, Pete a log cabin, and Prudence a brick cottage. When Tempesto the wicked wolf looks at the waffle menu and orders piglet, the traditional tale is off and running, with some entirely new details and no apologies to anyone. Much of the broad humor is carried in the lively, colorful illustrations, though there's wordplay aplenty in the text and pictures too: Tempesto slides down the chimney, lands on the waffle iron, is blasted with maple syrup, smothered in butter, and turned into a "WOLFFLE." Just as Serafina's customers flock to The Wheeled Wafflery, so children will greet Kellogg's latest picture book with eagerness based on memories of his many satisfying books. Pure pleasure for Kellogg fans. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First edition edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688087310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688087319
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,260,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This story is a refreshing change from the classic version of the three pigs story. The pigs, not only have names, but they also attend school and run the family business. Neither the pigs or the big, bad, thug-like wolf get eaten. Instead, there's a humorous and positive ending to this tale. The illustrations are fun and intricate and exemplify the great Steven Kellogg style. As a reading teacher, I have used this book as part of a study of classic tales. My students particularly enjoy the humor, illustrations, and details that they can compare to other versions of the same tale. This is a great book to share with students and readers of all ages!
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How can you go wrong? This paperback book is written and illustrated in typical Steven Kellogg style. Fun, crazy, and perfect kid humor. How can a child not love reading when the pictures and stories are so fun?
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In Steven Kellogg's inventive take on the storybook classic The Three Little Pigs (HarperCollins, 1997), brothers Percy, Prudence, and Pete find themselves in deep water, or perhaps syrup, when a sinister customer shows up at their town waffle cart hungry for something other than waffles. Having taken over the prospering waffle business from their mother, Sarafina Sow, the pigs are lucky enough to own individual homes in which they attempt to hide from the big, bad wolf, aptly name Tempesto. Tempesto's voracious appetite, however, moves him to violent action as he blows down not just one, but two, of their homes. Kellogg's action-packed illustrations capture the reader's eye with their attention to detail. Although younger ones may not totally take notice of the clever scenery, such as the Pablo Pigasso painting in one of the pigs' homes, they will surely smile at the book's humorous depiction of an animal village, while adults will take pleasure in the fact that the illustrations are more than just expressive colors on a page. Children will rejoice with the triumph of the miniature hog heroes of this tale and laugh out loud at the animals' comical battle involving flying watermelons and ending with a creative addition to the waffle cart's menu: the "wolffle."
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We have read this book probably a hundred times. My kids can almost quote it from memory. Well written and hilarious. A fun twist on the story of the three pigs. And it will make you want to make some waffles. Highly recommended.
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My almost 3 year old daughter loves this book. She is obsessed with Tempesto, the big bad wolf. This is her favorige
Character in the book.
My husband and I enjoy it because it is a
Fun uniques adaptation of, the three little pigs. If you have a toddler that loves the billions of their favorite stories, give this book a go. Well worth the money and fun :) hope
You enjoy it as much as we do.
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Format: Hardcover
Steven Kellogg has been a favorite author and illustrator of mine since he visited my school library in 3rd grade--17 years ago! Now, as a first year Kindergarten teacher, I am sharing his books with my class, and they have really come alive for me, again. His traditional tale interpretations are creative, intricate and hilarious--not to mention beautiful. My favorite part of his Three Little Pigs tale is the illustration on the back jacket, which shows the wolf retired to a beach in Florida. He wears a tank top that pleads, 'thugs need hugs, too'. Also see Kellogg's version of Jack in the Beanstalk if your children love deliciously scary read-alouds!
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Don't listen to the reviewer who says that this book is violent! The most "violent" detail in the book is how the three little pigs "steam the meanness" out of the wolf using their gigantic waffle maker. Steven Kellogg spins this story with great creativity, and adds tons of hilarious details in his pictures. It is not only fun for adults to read, but the 4-year-old I read it to also loves it more than any other book I own. We enjoy looking for things we've never caught before each time we read it. This is my FAVORITE version of the story of the three little pigs, and probably the most non-violent!
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By A Customer on August 1, 2002
Format: Library Binding
I've read and reviewed most of the basic tellings of "The Three Little Pigs", as well as most of the variants. Here's my take on it.
This is quite possibly the best telling of "The Three Little Pigs" out there. Although it more or less follows the traditional storyline, it expands it greatly, having the mama pig start a waffle business, making the house of sticks a more believable log cabin, and giving all the characters names and personalities. Humor abounds, particularly in the artwork, such as "Pablo Pigcasso" and a "peopley" bank. It's subtle and may take you a frew readings to notice. Very good, nice twist at the end.
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