The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 27 user ratings

"A charming and funny spin on the classic Three Little Pigs. In this version, the farmers move to Florida so the pigs have to build their own houses. A hungry, somewhat bad wolf comes to town and searches for something to eat. He eventually finds the pig living in the straw house and is amazed when he can actually blow the house down. After blowing down the stick house, he makes his way to the brick house and passes out from all his huffing and puffing. The pigs revive the wolf and invite him in for chips and "sody pop." The brick house pig provides healthy food from her garden, giving a nice balance to all the junk food that the first two pigs eat.

A fun and funny fractured fairy tale; recommended for students in kindergarten through second grade.
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"Fractured fairy tales either work for me or they don't. This one does--I'm not sure if it will work for you, but it does for me.

We heard this one at storytime last week, and I was happy when it was the one my son chose to request (he asks to check out one of the books ready every week; we are lucky that our branch only has the one preschool storytime per week). The twist in this three little pigs story is that the wolf is only somewhat bad (like most of us when it comes down to it), and just really hungry. Also, the pigs' lifestyle choices are pretty funny, especially if, like me, you enjoy potato chips and soda. All ends well, and the first two pigs learn a little work in the process.
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"A new version of the Three Little Pigs where the farmer sells his farm and moves to Florida. He pays the three pigs for their hard work. The first pig uses the money to buy potato chips and has little money led tot build a straw house. The expand pig uses his money to buy Sony-pop and has little money to build a stick house. The third pig uses his money to buy bricks. The wolf rolls into town hungry and all the shops are closed. The makes him angry so he starts blowing the pigs' houses down. The best line is when the wolf threatens to blow down the second pig's house and says, "Trust me, I've done it before."

A unique modern version of the traditional fairy tale with large illustrations done in oil.
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"I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was a really cute and funny twist on the original story. I thought the wolf is really funny in this book and I like the fact that he wasn't all bad but just hungry. I think that people can relate to that because when we get hungry we sometimes get mad, frustrated and a little crazy at times. I also liked how the female pig saved all her money to build a really nice house. I think that this teaches the reader that there is value in being smart with you money and saving it. She didn't have potato chips and soda right away but we saw that once her house was finished she had furniture, a TV, food to make for dinner etc. I also liked how in the end the female pig gladly took in everyone but only if they learned some responsibility first. Overall I would highly recommend this book." said.

"This Three Little Pig story has a great twist. I had it on my shelf for a while and did not read it. A child picked the book for me to read to the class. The three little pigs lived on the farm, but the farmers decided to move to Florida and the pigs needed to go. So they set out to find their way. They each have ideas on how to spend their money. The first and second little pig wanted to save their money for soda and chips so they bought cheap straw and sticks. The third pig spent all his money on bricks and made a beautiful strong home. Now the wolf was very hungry because all the stores were closed. So he huffed and puffed and tried to get the pigs. The ending was a twist too, but you will have to read it to find out. The illustrations were great. The vocabulary was absolutely wonderful. My preschool class loved the book. I wish I could post the expressions on the children’s faces as they listened to the story. This book is priceless. " said.

"From January through March 2014, my preschool classroom engaged in a fractured fairytale unit as a unifying theme for our larger multidisciplinary curriculum. Engaging both traditional and fractured versions of the three little pigs story allowed our classroom community to explore ideas of character voice and perspective, engage in our own construction work (with Lincoln Logs, miniature bricks, unit blocks, clay, etc.), write stories individually and collaboratively, perform Readers' Theatre, and so on.

We formally engaged ten versions of the tale of the three little pigs (as well as having several others available in the classroom for informal readings). This version was our fifth in the series and was the first to introduce the idea that the wolf might not actually be a "bad guy" but rather a "guy having a bad day." This version became a quick favorite with my students and even after turned to the library more than six weeks later, the children were still requesting it on a near daily basis.
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"This hilarious version of the classic story about three pigs and a wolf has a couple of interesting takes on the plight of all the characters that make it especially fun to read aloud and share repeatedly with others. After a farmer gives his pigs severance pay since he is selling the farm, the three make very different choices. The first two are more interested in spending their money on snacks and build houses out of inexpensive materials. The third pig spends all her money on bricks, and builds a structurally sound house. When a hungry wolf comes along, he only bothers them because the fast food spots are closed. Young readers will love the story and its ending as well as the liberty the author has taken with the familiar tale. Not only will they enjoy looking at the oil painting illustrations, but they'll howl in glee when they hear that the wolf "HUFF-HUFF-PUFFED AND PUFF-HUFF-HUFFED AND HUFFY-HUFFY-PUFF-HUFFED" (unpaged) and passed out with exertion and extreme hunger. I loved the endpapers filled with thumbnail sketches of the pigs and wolf. Don't be surprises if your young readers ask for more please. " said.

""The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf" is a modern, comical twist on the classic original version. Three sibling pigs are tasked with going out into the world and building their own homes when their owners move to Florida. They build their homes out of the classic materials (straw, sticks, bricks) but clearly have their priorities set on how they build them. Along comes a wolf who is somewhat bad and in a bad mood when he is rejected by the town and the pigs. The stories continues in the classic style before a twist at the end.

This fractured version is a great alternate to the original for beginner readers because it the teaches moral lessons of the original but in a modern and humorous fashion. The artistic work of Mark Teague beautifully enhances the text through full-bleed double spread illustrations done in oil paints. The images flow together and allow for great detail within a simple story. I was unsure about what the quality of the book would be from an initial look at the front cover, because it just looks like another 3 pigs story, but once you open the peritext and see the three pigs playing soccer, it is obvious that there is an original twist. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for students beginning to read.
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