Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Not by the hair of our chinny chin chins...

Hey, Three Little Pigs Week continues! Can I just tell you there are way WAY more versions of this tale than I would have guessed!  Traditional, fractured, international-- you name it, someone wrote it.  Today I'm gonna share three of our favorites, they're all of the fractured fairy tale variety, if you were wondering.

Let's start off with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka with illustrations from Lane Smith. This is a classic in our house, the girls LOVE it!  They are particularly fond of the Scholastic Storybook DVD version (which is narrated by Paul Giamatti, he's a perfect big bad wolf voice!)
If you aren't familiar with this one, it's the Wolf's side of the story.  He is claiming his innocence due the fact that he had a cold the day he went to each of the pigs' houses.  And, the only reason for visiting his neighbors in the first place was because he needed to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his grandmother! It really is so funny and clever!

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is my next version for you.  It was written by Eugene Trivizas and illustrated Helen Oxenbury. From the title you see one major twist in this baby. And believe you me, the pig in this book is the biggest and baddest that I've seen in any of these stories.
Barbed wire and armor plates can't even keep him out. This book has some serious demolishing going on, including explosions!  But, the end is so different and so unexpected and just plain sweet and fantastic  Oh, and I have to mention that I happen to love all the other animals in this one who help the little wolves with their building materials.

The final one I'm sharing today is David Wiesner's The Three Pigs (Caldecott Medal winning book, FYI.)  I am a HUGE David Wiesner fan!  Do you like his stuff?  It is always just 100% unique and this book is no exception.
Things start out familiar until the wolf literally blows the first pig out of the story. Happy to be safe, the pig convinces his brothers to leave the book too and they set off on an adventure like no other set of 'three little pigs' has ever taken. I mean there's a dragon for one thing...and you might like to know that apparently wolves are scared of dragons.  It's awesome, of course, it's Wiesner!

So, have you read all these?  If not, hurry your library is waiting.  If so, don't worry Robyn will be here tomorrow with even more piggy fun! Happy reading!

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