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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989)

by Jon Scieszka

Other authors: Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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I like this story, because it shows students that there are at least two sides to every story. Also, the humor allows the kids to laugh at the story, even though the story itself is slightly grim. ( )
  the1jag | Feb 11, 2016 |
This has got to be one of the best stories from my childhood. This is a story that everyone knows and should know like the back of their hand, because it's just that awesome! It is the darker side of the story being told from the wolf's perspective, but it is still comical and fun to read through, and enjoy the illustrations. I think that this story is great for anyone to read because of the different point of view of how it is told. Instead of by the pigs, now it's the wolf, and his story is different from what the pigs had told. The wolf was not trying to blow down the houses like the pigs said in their story, but he was in fact trying to get some sugar, and had to sneeze. Under each house of straw and sticks, the wolf found the dead pigs and ate them. Later after that, he was framed for being a bad wolf. Overall, I wish I could own like 20 of these books, it is too fun! ( )
  StephiC | Feb 4, 2016 |
There was once a story told about the three little pigs and how they had their house destroyed by a BIG BAD wolf. That story was told by those sad little pigs but this story is told by the Wolf, the true story of what really happened. The story begins with the Wolf claiming the story is told all wrong and that the reason he went to their houses was to borrow sugar for his cake. This cake was supposed to be for his dear old granny. He first went to his neighbor the pig that had a house built of straw. He had a bad sneeze so he snuffed the house down and ate the dead pig. He then went to his other pig neighbor with a stick house, snuffed it down and ate that dead pig as well. He went to his third pig neighbors house and got arrested there because he was making a big scene about the pig being rude. The police found out he ate the pigs and the news reporter didn't want a story about a sick wolf who needed sugar so they framed him with a made-up story. He was framed.
The content of the book was the same as the three little pig story but the author made up a good alternate perspective of the story. The characters, other than the Wolf weren't that exciting but the plot was great. It was good to learn about what the Wolf thought and not just be closed minded and only agree with what the pigs thought.
GENRE: Fantasy
USE: Always listening to both sides of the story
Cover your mouth when you sneeze. ( )
  japodaca14 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Traditional story with a twist! A great story that has always been told the same way over and over again is now switched to being told by a different perspective! ( )
  elizabethsalinas | Dec 8, 2015 |
I recall reading this story in middle school and loved the twist that it put on a classic fairytale. It differentiates the point of view and is a great book to teach students about narrators and point of view/perspectives. It is a humorous story that even as an adult I found comical. The illustrations in the story are dark and depict the point of view of the wolf, the main character in the story. My highlight of Smith’s drawings in the book are the scenes of a giant animal hamburger presented in the beginning of the book and the somewhat menacing image of the third little pig inside his brick house as he is drawn with dark circles around his eyes and his eyes are yellow. Some parents may find the scenes of the pigs being eaten to be a little disturbing but I believe that children will appreciate the humor in the story. The language is very similar to that in the classic story of the Three Little Pigs so children are easily able to relate the two stories together to find comparisons.
  mcicch2 | Dec 8, 2015 |
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This is a great resource when talking about fractured fairy tales.
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Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs. Or at least they think they do. But I'll let you in on a little secret. Nobody knows the real story, because nobody has ever heard my side of the story.
To Jeri and Molly
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Everyone knows the story of the Three Little Pigs.
Hey, it's not my fault wolves eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pigs...If cheeseburgers were cute, folks would probably think you were Big and Bad, too.
The real story is about a sneeze and a cup of sugar.
I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong
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This story has a great lead, so good for teaching how to make a lead.
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"There has obviously been some kind of mistake," writes Alexander T. Wolf from the pig penitentiary where he's doing time for his alleged crimes of 10 years ago. Here is the "real" story of the three little pigs whose houses are huffed and puffed to smithereens... from the wolf's perspective. This poor, much maligned wolf has gotten a bad rap. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a sneezy cold, innocently trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make his granny a cake. Is it his fault those ham dinners--rather, pigs--build such flimsy homes? Sheesh.

This 10th-anniversary edition of Jon Scieszka's New York Times Best Book of the Year, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, includes a special, impassioned letter from prisoner A. Wolf himself and a snappy new jacket by Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith, whose quirky perspectives still color the illustrations throughout. As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, the collaborators take a classic story and send it through the wisecracker machine, much to the glee of kids young and old. (Ages 4 to 8 or much, much older) --Emilie Coulter

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