The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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By (author) Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Lane Smith

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 236mm x 4mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 31 October 1991
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140540563
  • ISBN 13: 9780140540567
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,872

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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 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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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.

Editorial reviews

One of life's more important lessons is that a second view of the same events may yield a story that is entirely different from another but equally "true." As Alexander Wolf tells his story, he was innocently trying to borrow a cup of sugar from a little pig when he sneezed so hard that the pig's obviously inadequate straw house fell down and killed him, so - rather than let all that good ham go to waste - the wolf ate him. But when the third little pig, safe in his brick house, not only refused to discuss loaning sugar but was rude about the wolf's Granny, the wolf tried to force the door, the pig called the cops, and the wolf was jailed - complaining that reporters blew the story all out of proportion and that he was framed. Scieszka carries off this revision with suitably mordant humor, ably reflected in Smith's dark, elegantly sophisticated illustrations. Not for little children, but middle grades and up should be entertained while taking the point about the unreliability of witnesses. (Kirkus Reviews)