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Big and Bad by Etienne Delessert

Big and Bad

by Etienne Delessert

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Etienne Delessert puts a new twist on the story of the three little pigs. I found this version to be a little long. The illustrations are colorful. Grades K - 3. ( )
  ydraughon | Jun 12, 2012 |
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  esterlin | Apr 16, 2010 |
Reviewed by Me for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

In this clever retelling of the The Three Little Pigs, Wolf is a character larger than life. He is as tall as the moon, eats every
animal in his way, wears the skin of cats as a hat, and even has birds who clean his shiny, spiky teeth at night!

No matter what type of plan the other animals come up with, nothing can stop Wolf. Until one day, when two cats come up with a scheme to use three cute, plump pink pigs to lure Wolf into a trap.

The first house they make, of twigs and straw, comes down easily -- but the pigs have escaped through a trap door! The second house, made of logs, also comes down -- but no pigs! It's not until the Wolf finds the pigs (and other animal guests) at home in their third new house, made of bricks, that things get a little too hot to handle!

This is a fun retelling of the story known by all, with very well-done illustrations. It's a bit scarier than the original version, though, so some young children might not like it as a bed time read! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618889345, Hardcover)

A wolf, Big and Bad, is on the loose, bounding across the hills and gobbling up every creature in his path. As he grows taller than the midnight moon, the other animals begin to worry that soon the planet will be too small for his increasing appetite. Beavers try to drown him in their pond, crows pelt him with walnuts, and moles dig an underground pit—to no avail. Alone, they are helpless against the mighty wolf, until a pair of wily cats comes up with a plan . . . Etienne Delessert reimagines the classic tale of “The Three Pigs” by turning the tables on the marauding wolf as the animals join together to set a trap to stop his ravenous rampage. Beautifully illustrated, this allegorical retelling offers an alternative perspective on the original story, extending its significance and raising questions about unchecked aggression and the power of cooperation.

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In this variation on the classic tale of the three little pigs, two clever cats decide to rid their locale of a vicious wolf whose hunger threatens the entire planet, and enlist the help of assorted animals to build houses for the bait--three exquisitely pink pigs.… (more)

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