A hilarious retelling of the "Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. You may think you know the story of the "Three Little Pigs" and the "Big Bad Wolf" - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is ...
A hilarious retelling of the "Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. You may think you know the story of the "Three Little Pigs" and the "Big Bad Wolf" - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. A hilariously inventive retelling of the popular story which "Publishers Weekly" called the 'Funniest book of the year'. Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books. Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He also provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film "James and the Giant Peach". He lives in New York. Also by Jon Scieszka: "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs"; "The Frog Prince, Continued"; "The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales"; "The Book that Jack Wrote"; "Math Curse"; "Squids will be Squids"; "Baloney"; "Science Verse"; "Seen Art?; "Cowboy and Octopus"; "Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"; "Robot Zot"; "Knights of the Kitchen Table"; "The Not-so-Jolly Roger"; "The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy"; "Your Mother was a Neanderthal"; "2095"; "Tut Tut"; "Summer Reading is Killing Me"; "It's all Greek to Me"; "See You Later, Gladiator"; "Sam Samurai"; "Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge?"; "Viking it and Liking it"; "Me oh Maya"; "Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci"; and, "Marco Polo".
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-03-04 "Designed with uncommon flair," said PW, this "gaily newfangled version of the classic tale" takes sides with the villain. "Imaginative watercolors eschew realism, further updating the tale." A Spanish-language reprint will be issued simultaneously ($4.99, -055758-X). Ages 3-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1989-07-28 In this gaily newfangled version of a classic tale, Scieszka and Smith ( Flying Jake ) argue in favor of the villain, transforming the story of the three little pigs into a playfully suspicious, rather arch account of innocence beleaguered. Quoth the wolf: ``I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong.'' According to his first-person testimony, the wolf went visiting the pigs in search of a neighborly cup of sugar; he implies that had the first two happened to build more durable homes and the third kept a civil tongue in his head, the wolf's helpless sneezes wouldn't have toppled them. As for his casual consumption of the pigs, the wolf defends it breezily (``It seemed like a shame to leave a perfectly good ham dinner lying there in the straw'') and claims cops and reporters ``framed'' him. Smith's highly imaginative watercolors eschew realism, further updating the tale, though some may find their urbane stylization and intentionally static quality mystifyingly adult. Designed with uncommon flair, this alternative fable is both fetching and glib. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
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