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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (original 1989; edition 1996)

by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Title:The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Authors:Jon Scieszka
Other authors:Lane Smith (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (1996), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:traditional literature, fiction, Picture Books
Tags:animals, funny, fairy tale, point of view

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (1989)



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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith. Published by Viking Penguin. Copy right 1989. pg. 28

Type of Book: Fairytale

Summary: This story is in the wolf's point of view. The wolf acts as if he is a nice guy and people make him out to look bad. The wolf was making a birthday cake and he had a terrible cold and also ran out of sugar. So he went to his neighbor to ask for a cup of sugar. The neighbor was a pig who had a house built out of straw. So when he knocked on the door it just fell in. So he called Little Pig are you in? and no answer. Then his nose started to itch and he sneezed and the house fell in. The pig was dead so he ate it because he couldn't leave it. So he went to the next house for sugar, the little pigs brother. His house was built out of sticks. When he knocked the Pig told him to go away. And he tried to hold his sneeze in but it came out and the house fell in. The second pig was dead. So instead of leaving him he ate him. So he moved to the next house for sugar. Which was the next brother. His house was made of bricks. The pig told the wolf to leave. The wolf than sneezed. The pig told him that his granny can sit on a pin. So he got a little crazy. So the cops saw the wolf huffing and puffing and trying to break in. The newspaper did not like the sound of borrowing a cup of sugar so they made him out to a monster. He was saying he was framed.

Response: I think this is a very cute story. You get to see the wolf's side of the story. I am sure kids would love reading the three little pigs and then reading this one. It would be good to see their reactions and what they thought about who was in the right.
  singleton2012 | Apr 3, 2014 |
An ALA Notable Book. Scieszka lets the wolf tell his own story in this fractured fairy tale. Alexander T. Wolf–who scurrilous media reports have dubbed “the Big Bad Wolf”–isn’t such a bad guy. He just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar from his neighbors, the pigs, but was overcome by a terrible sneezing cold. An amusing take on the story, with excellent illustrations. This book was the first of many collaborations between Scieszka and Smith.
  Sopoforic | Mar 30, 2014 |
I remember reading this book in elementary school! I loved it now and I still do! The first reason I adore this book is for its point of view. Instead of the book being written from an omniscient narrator’s point of view, the entire book is told from the wolf’s perspective which changes the story a little and puts a bit of humor into the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs. For example, instead of the traditional view that the wolf angrily blew the house down and ate the pigs, in this book the wolf claimed he accidentally sneezed and the house caving in is what killed the little pigs. Although the pigs’ inevitable death is no laughing matter, I found humor in the fact that the wolf was trying to plead his case. Another reason I liked this book is for its industrial-like illustrations. For example, the premise of the book is that the wolf is writing the correct story of what happened between him and the pigs in a newspaper within the world the book exist in, and throughout the book the illustrations mimic that of a newspaper illustration, as does the text. This truly helps set the tone of the book and makes it more serious than I believe it could have been perceived based upon the ridiculous allegations the wolf makes throughout the story. Overall, the big idea of this book was to tell the classic story of The Three Little Pigs from a different perspective to show that there is more than one point of view in stories. ( )
  mspisa1 | Mar 24, 2014 |
This story is such a creative way to tell through the wolf's side. He tries to tell it how it "really" was, but the humor can be seen throughout. ( )
  mariah21 | Mar 12, 2014 |
This book is a view of the story of the Three Little Pigs, as told by the wolf. From the wolf's point of view it was a whole misunderstanding and he just had a cold. This is a funny story that students would enjoy having read outloud in class. ( )
  Jfortmeyer | Mar 5, 2014 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140544518, Paperback)

"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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The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

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