Three Horrid Little Pigs Author: Liz Pichon
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Format: Paperbacks

Age Range: 3-7 years

Character Traits: Growth, Learning, Change

Publication Date: April 2010

BISAC: JUV019000, JUV002200, JUV002250

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Paperback

Retail Price: $7.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-423-7

ISBN-10: 1-58925-423-6

Dimensions: 9-1/2" x 10-1/4"

If you think you know the story of the three little pigs, think again. . . .

These pigs are so horrid, they drive their mother crazy! So she sends them away to make their own homes. The first two little pigs build their houses by stealing straw and swiping twigs. While the third little pig is so lazy, he moves into a chicken coop!

Will the big, friendly wolf (who just happens to be a builder) help the three horrid little pigs see the error of their ways?

Lexile: AD540

Accelerated Reader: 128482

PreS-Gr 2–If you think you can’t jam another twist on a classic tale into your collection, think again. Three pesky porcine protagonists are so bad that their mother kicks them out of the house. They are so lazy that they merely pile up sticks and straw for houses and one takes over a henhouse. The wolf is portrayed as a helpful handyman who offers to shore up their shoddy construction but is rebuffed each time. Rendered homeless by straw-eating cows, nesting birds who need sticks, and a pecking rooster who reclaims the henhouse, the homeless pigs get ready to head for the kindly wolf’s abode. When he hears the pigs on the roof, he prepares a “big pot of boiling…soup” and invites them in. The tale ends with everyone living together happily ever after. The full-color cartoon illustrations capture the pigs’ bad behavior and comeuppance with a goofy exuberance. The font size shrinks and enlarges to mirror the action and the text works as a fun read-aloud as well as a read-alone. —Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

 

October 2008, School Library Journal