The three little wolves and the big bad pig

Eugenios Trivizas

Book - 1993

An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

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Picture books
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books c1993.
Physical Description
unpaged : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Main Author
Eugenios Trivizas (-)
Other Authors
Helen Oxenbury (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A talented team ingeniously up-ends the classic tale of the three little pigs, and the laugh-out-loud results begin with the opening illustration--a mother wolf lounges in bed, her hair in curlers and her toenails freshly polished, with her three fluffy, cuddly offspring gathered round. The wolf siblings, amply warned about the big bad pig, construct their first house of sturdy brick, a medium which resists the pig's huffing and puffing but is no match for his sledgehammer. Their abodes become progressively more fortress-like, and the pig's implements of destruction, correspondingly, grow heftier, until the wolves try another tack and weave a house of flowers. The fragrance so intoxicates and tames the pig that he and the wolves live together happily ever after. In his English-language debut (see note, p. 55), Trivizas laces the text with funny, clever touches, from an ensemble of animals who obligingly donate whatever building materials the wolves require, to the wolves' penultimate, armor-plated residence replete with a ``video entrance phone'' over which the pig can relay his formulaic threats. Oxenbury's watercolors capture the story's broad humor and add a wealth of supplementary details, with exquisite renderings of the wolves' comic temerity and the pig's bellicose stances. Among the wittiest fractured fairytales around. Ages 5-10. (Sept.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

ISBN 0-689-81528-X. PW's starred review applauded the "laugh-out-loud results" of this talented team's clever interpretation, calling it "among the wittiest fractured fairy tales around." Ages 5-10. (Apr.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3 A menacing pig is thwarted by three endearing young wolves in this new twist on the porcine favorite. Three cheers for these frisky, frolicking creatures and for the swine who learns the joy of friendship and beauty. (Dec. 1993) Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3-``Once upon a time, there were three cuddly little wolves with soft fur and fluffy tails....'' They go out into the world to build a house for themselves only to be menaced by a big bad pig. In a clever switch on the familiar counterparts, these sweet-faced innocents use brick, concrete, and steel constructions, but their nemesis is not called big and bad for nothing. With sledgehammer, pneumatic drill, and dynamite, the pig wrecks each structure. ``Something must be wrong with our building materials,'' the wolves muse. Their final house is build from flowers, insubstantial yet beautiful. It is their lovely scent that causes the pig to change his nasty ways and all live together as friends happily ever after. The text has the repeating situations and phrases from the traditional version. Oxenbury's pastel watercolor illustrations combine the coziness of a nursery tale with tongue-in-cheek humor. They are animated and full of personality. Children familiar with The Three Little Pigs will enjoy the turnabout, the narrow escapes, and the harmonious ending. This may also be used to inspire them to develop their own adaptations of classic tales.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After a giant sledgehammer-wielding hog demolishes their successive houses, three peace-loving little wolves find an unlikely savior in a flamingo, in a revision of the age-old fairy tale complemented by watercolor illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

It was time for the three little wolves to go out into the world, so off they went and built themselves a splendid brick house. But they hadn't reckoned on the big bad pig who soon came along and knocked their house down. The little wolves built a stronger house of concrete, in which they were sure to be safe. But that didn't stop the big bad pig, who made short work of it with a pneumatic drill. Even a house made of armor plates could not protect them. It was only a chance encounter with a flamingo bird that solved their dilemma in an entirely unexpected and satisfactory way. Helen Oxenbury's enchanting watercolor illustrations, full of humorous details and visual excitement, are the perfect accompaniment to this hilarious retelling-in-reverse of the traditional tale.