The Three Pigs

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Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion Books, 2001. ISBN: 0618007016

Plot Summary:

Three pigs go out to build their own houses and start their lives when a wolf happens upon them. But these pigs have taken control of their own story and are determined not to get got by the wolf.

Critical Analysis:

 This is a cute rendition of the classic Three Little Pigs. It starts off following the same basic format of the story. But on the third page, you find out that this is something you’ve not seen before. The first pig was blown out of the page. The story continues on while a side story takes place between the free roaming pigs. The illustrations make the story that much more funny, with the panes askew and animals out of the panes. As you can imagine, the pigs being out of their story would cause some havoc. That is indeed what happens, as they get into all kinds of mischief go in and out of other stories. A wonderful little twist on a classic tale, Three Little Pigs is sure to have you in giggles.

Review Excerpt:

From School Library Journal: “Wiesner’s luxurious use of white space with the textured pigs zooming in and out of view is fresh and funny.”

From Booklist: “Wiesner uses shifting, overlapping artistic styles to help young readers envision the pigs’ fantastical voyage.”

From Kirkus Review: “With this inventive retelling, Caldecott Medalist Wiesner (Tuesday, 1991) plays with literary conventions in a manner not seen since Scieszka’s The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1993). The story begins with a traditional approach in both language and illustrations, but when the wolf huffs and puffs, he not only blows down the pigs’ wood and straw houses, but also blows the pigs right out of the story and into a parallel story structure.”


Other books by David Wiesner:

Tuesday ISBN: 0395870828

Mr. Wuffles! ISBN: 0618756612

Sector 7 ISBN: 0395746566


Other Fables:

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B.G.Hennessy ISBN: 0689874332

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett ISBN: 0698113586

Hare & Tortise by Mairi Mackinnon ISBN: 0746091648


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Adrinna Davis

Hello there! Not much to me, I'm just your average author and librarian who is obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Divergent, ect... who is married with two kids. :) And now blogger. I love children's lit and want to share with you all the amazing books I find!

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