The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (illustrator),

Book cover of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Book description

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

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Why read it?

3 authors picked The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

As author John Scieszka himself says he’s sold “bazilions of books” so he sure doesn’t need my endorsement but this is such a funny book I couldn’t resist. Yes, it tells the familiar story of the three little pigs but it does so in a wildly unfamiliar wayfrom the wolf’s point of view. Alexander T. Wolf tells the reader what really happened and professes his innocence. Despite having a cold, he was baking a cake for his dear grandmother when he needed to borrow a cup of sugar from the neighboring pig. What happens next he declares was…

Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs…or do you? I love this book because it teaches us that when we change our perspective, we see a new side of a story. Looking at something from a different angle helps develop compassion and empathy for others, which is a great thing for everyone, not just the kids! Plus, the book is funny, and who doesn’t like funny?

Another irreverent picture book, Jon Scieszka tells the well-known tale from the long-suffering wolf’s point of view, ultimately taking the story into a wild, out-of-this-world realm. Smith’s vibrant, graphic images perfectly suit the story, and Scieszka’s text is witty as the book challenges the reader, as well as the concepts of picture books themselves.

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