The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

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Annotation: The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
Catalog Number: #306915
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1989
Edition Date: 1996
Illustrator: Smith, Lane,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-054451-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1882-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-054451-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1882-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 89008953
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Scieszka's sardonic retelling (1989) of the old tale from the wolf's point of view is given new life in this read-along. Giamatti's soft, slightly raspy voice is a perfect, satiric match for Lane Smith's stylized, hip illustrations. Adding an occasional chuckle at appropriate moments, Giamatti creates a full-bodied characterization of Alexander T. Wolf as he tells his side of the story, making the case that he was framed. Sound effects for the wolf's huge sneezes excellently back up his claims that a bad cold caused the destruction of the pigs' houses of straw and twigs. Understated music never overwhelms this fine production, which includes a hardcover book. The title is also available in DVD for $59.95.
Publishers Weekly
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.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1 Up--Victim for centuries of a bad press, Alexander (``You can call me Al'') T. Wolf steps forward at last to give his side of the story. Trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old Granny, Al calls on his neighbors--and can he help it if two of them built such shoddy houses? A couple of sneezes, a couple of dead pigs amidst the wreckage and, well, it would be shame to let those ham dinners spoil, wouldn't it? And when the pig in the brick house makes a nasty comment about Granny, isn't it only natural to get a little steamed? It's those reporters from the Daily Pig that made Al out to be Big and Bad, that caused him to be arrested and sent to the (wait for it) Pig Pen. ``I was framed,'' he concludes mournfully. Smith's dark tones and sometimes shadowy, indistinct shapes recall the distinctive illustrations he did for Merriam's Halloween ABC (Macmillan, 1987); the bespectacled wolf moves with a rather sinister bonelessness, and his juicy sneezes tear like thunderbolts through a dim, grainy world. It's the type of book that older kids (and adults) will find very funny.--John Peters, New York Public Library
Word Count: 863
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 9506 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q11850
Lexile: AD510L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.
In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
Children’s Literature
“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
School Library Journal

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