The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig


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A hilarious retelling in reverse of the traditional story of the villainous monster who destroys homes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780768598
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1995
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,211,786
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Helen Oxenbury is the renowned illustrator of many classic picture books, including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas. Ms. Oxenbury lives with her husband, illustrator John Burningham, in North London.

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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Julie_Sidon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a twist on the well known fairytale 'three pigs and the big bad wolf'. The book has bright coloured pictures dipicting the action spelled out in the words. Although somewhat wordy for a book designed for Gr.d 5 students and up, the words are needed to tell the story otherwise.
HollyRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is based on the traditional literature of the The three little pigs but the author has switched everything around where the pig is the villain and the wolves are the ones being bullied. I personally thought that the idea of the book and the switch was great but once I started reading I was less impressed. The story ended up being more different then what I thought it should be.I would use this book in my classroom in a literature lesson comparing the two books and writing out the differences together or in small groups. This book could also be a intro to a writing assignment where the students pick there favorite books and turn the villain in there story to the good guy and vice verse and then have them present them.
tlcalderon4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story takes the familiar tale of the Three Little Pigs and flips it upside-down. As the title suggests, the roles of good and evil are reversed. The plot is still basically the same, with a new twist on the end. One slight difference is that the building materials used by the wolves picks up where the Three Little Pigs left off. Instead of the progression from hay to sticks to bricks, the modernized wolves start with brick, then move on to concrete, armored plates, barbed wire, and padlocks. The Big Bad Pig has some new tools in his arsenal as well, including a sledgehammer, jack-hammer, and dynamite. In the end, it is the beauty of the natural world that makes the pig change his ways and become good. Overall, the book is a clever twist on an old classic, with themes of kindness and forgiveness throughout.
mbackes10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a captivating switch! Little long for a read aloud, but my first graders looked forward to the ending.
eviltammy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oxenbury's usual lovely illustrations highlight this fractured fairytale adaptation of "The Three Little Pigs". Some of the wording is a bit awkward, but still a great read-aloud.
picardopicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A clever rearrangement of the classic fairy tale `The Three Little Pigs¿. This time the wolves are the vulnerable ones described as ¿cuddly little wolves with soft fur and fluffy tails¿. These wolves have been warned by their mother about the big bad pig, as they set out to build their own house. Instead of straw the wolves start off with what seems like full-proof bricks to build their house. Showing how big and bad he is the pig first tries to blow down the house, but resorts to smashing it down with a sledgehammer as the wolves flee. The wolves then build a new house; they get help from assorted animal characters for their building materials which show how the wolves are liked by others. The next house is cement and seems indestructible, but not for the big bad pig he has a pneumatic drill. The wolves narrowly escape and are back at it building another fortress, this time of armour and barbed wire. Again, this house is no match for the big bad pig who has dynamite. How do they finally make the big bad pig change his ways? A house made of flowers is the solution, with a very satisfying happy ending.The switching of roles in this book creates a refreshing new fairy tale filled with humour. It is enjoyable to see how the usual bad guys ¿the wolves¿ are fearful of a pig and have to be creative with their house building. The materials and tools mentioned modernizes the story, which separates it from the classic version, i.e. a house of Plexiglas, iron bars, steel chains and thirty seven-pad locks. The watercolour illustrations are warm and reminiscent of classic fairy tales, but show whimsical details like the Mother wolf painting her paw nails. Teamwork, perseverance and kindness are take home themes of this rewritten tale.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful twist on a very beloved, familiar fairytale.  Mommy wolf is portrayed at the beginning of the book with her hair in curlers, her toenails polished and giving advice to her young cubs to go out and build their homes but beware of the big bad pig!  I have to admit I loved the pig's character the very best.  He is this big hulking, menacing looking thug that is up to no good and determined to destroy the houses of the wolves.  There was however charm and charisma in that roly-poly form that made me like him. The wolves start out building a brick house and then graduate to stronger and stronger fortresses because it seems the bad old pig can always outsmart them and take their houses down, not by huffing and puffing but by using a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill and finally....dynamite.   Kids will laugh at his resourcefulness and cunningness as he outsmarts those little wolves and sends them packing from house to house.  Finally, at their wits end, the wolves totally change their strategy of what materials to use, and ask a passing flamingo if they could use his "flowers" to construct their new home.  They creatively design this amazing fragrant house and what happens then will change the pigs life forever.  Miracles can happen, hard hearts can be softened and enemies can be coverted into lifelong friends.  The illustrations are charming, full of expression and wit and could tell the story all on their own.  This is a brilliant story with a fun turn of events that will have both kids and adults alike laughing out loud and cheering those little wolves on to success.  Everyone loves a happy ending....and they all lived happily ever after....the perfect ending to a fairy tale indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a preschool teacher, and I teach a unit on 3 Little Pig story variations each year. This book has been the favorite each year, and is so much fun for my class. I highly recommend it!
Lily_Beauxdilly More than 1 year ago
This book turns the tables on the 3 Little Pigs, and instead consists of three gentle wolves terrorized by one big bad pig! Its a great twist and the extremes the wolves and the pig go to are hilarious and unexpected. Both boys and girls will get a kick out of their antics. They eventually resort to peaceful co-existence and it is interesting to see how they become friends in the end. My 7 year old enjoys this book a lot, I'm not sure that a child younger than 4 would really understand some of the ways the wolves protect themselves and the destructive ways the pig gets to them. Not every child maybe knows what a pneumatic drill is but it definitely looks impressive! The artwork is very detailed and lends a lot to the story. Seeing things destroyed and blown up is probably amusing to most kids and I'd recommend this book to almost anyone.
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Padfoot19 More than 1 year ago
This is fun book with a twist on on a classic. My 2.5 yr old wanted to hear it every day for about two weeks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favourites. I have been reading it to preschoolers (and any adults who will listen) since it was published. The message is of persistence during extremely difficult circumstances (don't forget to rescue the china teapot!) I hope the reviewer who threw the book away gets it out of the bin and tries to see the beauty in this retelling. Children learn from many sources - one book will not teach them that an evil person can be changed with sweet smelling flowers, but it will start them on the path to acceptance of others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's fun to read and introduces kids to a lot of words that you don't use in everyday conversation. How can you not love a story that has a pneumatic drill in it??
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this story has a really different perspective from the original tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. I think this is a good book for a little older kids because there is some violence like a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill, and dynamite. I think it is a little violence for really young children. But a very fun and entertaining story to read. I really enjoyed it and I hope you do too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny, charming, and an wildly entertaining, both for children and adults. A wonderful spin on a classic, told from a really different perspective. I never knew that wolves were so refined, so polite, and so sophisticated! The artwork is gorgeous. My students adore this book and ask me to read it again and again. They drink in at all the fine detail in the watercolor pictures, and they are tickled with the twist on the original fairy tale with which they are so familiar. I marvel and chuckle at the use of words and phrases like 'pneumatic drill,' a comical and sharp contrast to the delicate and dainty language in the descriptions of the wolves and their activities. The pig uses the jackhammer, which poses a poignant and sharp contrast to the refined wolves' beloved and very delicate china teapot. In a word, this book is brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story has children looking at a classic story from a different point of view. It is a great story to use for comparing and contrasting. I highly recommend this book. It is a great way to introduce children to the language arts skills of comparing, contasting and what is similar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book on line for my grandson, I stopped reading the book halfway through and threw the book away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I REALLY DISLIKED this book. I was innocently reading this book to my children at bedtime. The big, bad pig is terribly mean, putting me in mind of a terrorist, destroying every really well fortified house the wolves build for no purpose. Just when I'm feeling stressed both as the reader and for my small children listening, the solution to the problem is given. The terrorized wolves remove all safety precautions taken in building their home and instead build a home of flowers, which makes the pig nice and sweet and their friend. I felt this gave my children a completely unrealistic view of REALLY BAD people. Sometimes people are really evil (like this pig), both criminals and terrorists and planting flowers and being nice will not always protect you from them. I actually threw the book away so as not to be responsible for anyone else reading such a harmful message. I give this one negative stars!