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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 s 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; Marco? Polo!
Did the story of the three little pigs ever seem slightly biased to you? All that huffing and puffing–could one wolf really be so unequivocally evil? Finally, we get to hear the rest of the story, “as told to author Jon Scieszka”, straight from the wolf’s mouth. As Alexander T. Wolf explains it, the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding. Al Wolf was minding his own business, making his granny a cake, when he realized he was out of a key ingredient. He innocently went from house to house (one made of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks) asking to borrow a cup of sugar. Could he help it if he had a bad cold, causing him to sneeze gigantic, gale-force sneezes? Could he help it if pigs these days use shabby construction materials? And after the pigs had been ever-so-accidentally killed, well, who can blame him for having a snack?
As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, (another stellar collaboration by Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith), children who know all the old stories by heart will delight in reading impudent new versions. Here, Scieszka’s text is clever, savvy and pithy, and Smith’s stretchy-strange illustrations complete this funny, irreverent, thoroughly original tale.
About the Author
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.