The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story
of the 3 Little Pigs

by Jon Scieszka
illustrated by Lane Smith

The premise of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is hilariously unexpected. Who would have thought the big bad wolf could be
so likeable? In this fractured fairy tale, "Alexander T. Wolf" tells
what really happened when he was FRAMED!
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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
As Alexander tells it, all he was doing was stopping by the pigs houses in order to borrow a cup of sugar and he accidentally blew their houses down with his ferocious sneezes. According to Alexander, it was the pigs' fault, really, for building such flimsy houses. And, well, since the pigs were killed when their houses were blown over, Alexander T. Wolf explains that "it seemed like a shame to leave a perfectly good ham dinner lying there in the straw." He was simply doing what wolves do: they eat ham. If it wasn't for those cops and reporters, who twisted the story into something sinister, people would see how innocent it all was.  

School Library Journal promises that this book is "the type of book that older kids (and adults) will find very funny." And Publisher's Weekly said, "Designed with uncommon flair, this alternative fable is fetching and glib."  Readers love it too. Check out the average customer rating from (shown below.)  An average of five out of five stars by 177 reviewers. Yikes!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
by Jon Scieszka

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  K-Grade 5      DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level:  age 4-8         Lexile: AD570L

Topics Covered
fractured fairy tales (Language Arts)

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:5 stars (177 reviews)
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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Peek Inside
Below are two illustrations from inside this book. Isn't Lane Smith the best. :)  On the left is an illustration from a page where the wolf is trying to figure "how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started...Maybe it's because of our diet...If cheeseburgers were cute, folks would probably think you were Big and Bad, too."  You may not be able to see it in the small picture I have here, but there are furry tails and ears and feet and snouts sticking out of the sandwich.

The illustration on the right occurs at the end of the book, where the poor 'framed' wolf has been jailed for his crimes, which he explains away as the result of the media jumping to conclusions.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

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