The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka
Scieszka helps to stir up a new image for the 'Big Bad Wolf', by telling the story from wolf's point
of view. Mr. Alexander T. Wolf, explains that the real story is about a sneeze and trying to borrow a cup of sugar.
While trying to borrow sugar from the first two pigs, Al starts to sneeze and blows their houses down accidently
killing the two pigs. Not wanting to leave two good hams lying around, Al decides to eat the pigs.
When Al arrives to borrow sugar from the third pig, there is a disagreement and the pig makes the mistake
of talking about Wolf's granny. Wolf loses his control. The police arrive and notice Al acting very
angry. Huffing and puffing and they decide to arrest him. The whole story of being the Big Bad Wolf was made up
suggested Al because he was just taking up for his granny.
Scieszka has the reader feeling sorry for the Big Bad Wolf, because he is spending years in prison
for being framed. Traditional theme of good over evil. Al is arrested and jailed, remember he did eat two pigs.
The story will delight anyone who has read any of 'The Three Little Pig' stories.
I must have for school libraries.
Lane Smith's realistic pictures using dark colors gives this book a feeling that Al, the Wolf, is still
alittle mysertious and may not be telling the whole truth still. Smith has used such detailed work to make his pictures
true to life by including the little tiny hairs that pigs have and little beady yellow eyes for the wolf. By far
the funniest, it the last picture where Al, who's in jail, holds out a cup for sugar with the words "Pig Penn" engraved on
"Hey, it's not my fault wolves eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pigs."
"I huffed. And I snuffed. And I tried to cover my mouth, but I sneezed a great sneeze."
"It seemed like a shame to leave a perfectly good ham dinner lying there in the straw."
Scieszka, John. 1989. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! Illus. Lane Smith.
New York: Viking Penguin Books. ISBN: 0670827592.