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The Three Pigs Hardcover – April 23, 2001
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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
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At first, this book appears to be a beautifully illustrated retelling of the fairy tale classic, "The Three Little Pigs." But when the wolf blows one of the pigs out of the story, we quickly join the pigs on an unusual journey in which pigs fly, a cow jumps over the moon, and a dragon becomes a pig's best friend. The story is not predictable and the clever illustrations will require many rereadings to catch all of their nuances.
Wiesner's humor and gorgeous art will entertain children and any adult lucky enough to join in on the fun. This book will also make a great companion to another fractured fairy tale, Jon Scieszka's "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs."
I think we're all familiar with the story of the three little pigs. Three pigs build houses of their own. The first is made of straw, the second of sticks, and the third of bricks. Then a big bad wolf comes along and blows the first house down. And that's when things start to get interesting. Instead of eating the pig (as the text instructs) the wolf is baffled to find the pig gone. In fact, Pig #1 has inadvertently been blown into the white margins of his own story. Able now to travel freely around the static pictures of his tale, Pig #1 has his two brothers join him in the margins. They construct one of the story's pictures into a paper airplane and fly it about. They walk in and out of other stories, making new friends along the way. Finally, it's time to return home and the pigs know the perfect way to make their tale have a happy ending.
First of all, this is a great way to get kids to question the very basic construction of all stories. If these pigs can escape their own fate, why not characters in other picture books as well? Wiesner has cleverly eschewed the idea of having the pigs appearing the same at all times.Read more ›
The Three Little pigs starts out as the classic story but then diverts down a very different, utterly delightful path before returning-sort of-to the traditional ending. The work, taken as a whole, is captivating and engrossing for child and adult alike. And, finally, like all great children's fiction, this is the sort of book one does not tire of-you are always ready to dive in yet once again with as great a sense of anticipation as when you tried it the first time.
I consider Van Allsburg's Polar Express and Jumanji to be among the best children's books ever produced. This book is in both that mold and of that class of effort.
A truly awesome book the whole family will enjoy for years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband and I couldn't understand what is happening in this NEW version. There were some weird pages in between the story. NOT to mention the wolf EATS the pigs? ??? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Me
The book was in great condition and the story is very different. I like the story because student's can predict the outcome and/or fill in the words for pages that only have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Ann Alvarez
I purchased this as a digital download and was really disappointed. I loved the free preview pages and was really excited to make this purchase but I was so disappointed with the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debbie Lynn
David Wiesner's "three little pigs" starts off with the familiar “I’ll huff and puff…”, but the wolf blows the pig out of the book and the book changes from something... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Grossi
Books which turn fairy tales topsy turvy are becoming almost as much of a trope as the fairy tales themselves, but this book manages to do so in an unique and charming manner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dione Basseri
Very cleverly written. Really enjoyed reading this to my grandson.Published 9 months ago by Helen Moss
My son and I have enjoyed reading this book for years! It's a very fun spin on the story. Buy it and enjoy!Published 10 months ago by Rosa Doty
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 11 months ago by alexandra martinez