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The Three Pigs
David Wiesner
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The Three Pigs

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  16,046 Ratings  ·  1,681 Reviews
Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. When the wolf comes a-knocking and a-puffing, he blows the pigs right out of the tale and into a whole new imaginative landscape, where they begin a freewheeling adventure as they wander-and fly-through other stories, encountering a dragon and a cat with a fiddl ...more
Hardcover, 38 pages
Published 2001 by Scholastic Inc.
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 21, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those familiar with the fairy tales mentioned in the book & can enjoy alternate versions
Recommended to Lisa by: Miriam
This was my sixth Wiesner book and given that I assigned 5 stars to 4 and 3 stars to 1 of the previous five books, I guess I can say that this isn’t one of my favorite books by him.

As I was reading, I missed the originality of his other books. Yes, this is a humorous and vastly changed version of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale. I liked it but wasn’t that impressed until I got to the last several pages and then I decided that I did really like this. It’s a very creative and imaginative way to
Mar 21, 2017 Mischenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Pigs by David Weisner is a cute story that starts out like the traditional Three Pigs story, but then unexpectedly changes into something much different. The pigs are able to jump in and out of other fairy tales. It's such a unique twist on the original.

The illustrations are cute, detailed, and the story has a great ending. We really enjoyed it.


“The Three Pigs” is a children’s book written by David Wiesner, author of the famous book “Tuesday.” “The Three Pigs” is about how the three pigs basically come out of the story and their adventures in the real world. This book is the winner of the Caldecott Medal and is surely to send kids rolling over with laughter.

David Wiesner’s writing is smart and creative, but it is his illustrations that take center stage here. At first, the three pigs are drawn in regular two-dimensional storybook char
David Wiesner's The Three Pigs is very much fun and in many ways simply brilliant (I love the both sly and in your face intertextuality and that the three pigs basically manage to escape from their adversary, the eponymous big bad wolf, by means of meta-fiction, by being blown right out of their story into other tales, and different types of accompanying illustrations). That being said, and even though I know that this is basically a loose retelling of the traditional The Three Little Pigs type ...more
Jan 07, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shame on me for never reading this before! I suppose I may not have appreciated it when my kids were small, because it doesn't really work as a sharing or read-aloud book. But for what it is, it's wonderful. And pioneering, I believe.

I love the use of white space. I love the self-promotional gallery walls showing scenes from Wiesner's other books. I love the dragon. But... I do feel sorry for the wolf.
The famous three little pigs escape the huffing-puffing wolf AND the bounds of their pages and go a-roaming through other children's books. Clever concept, and artwork to die for! A fun and very cute time should be had by all.
The Three Pigs is a twist on the longtime childhood story, The Three Little Pigs. I admit, I expected the book to be a similar version of the tale that I remember hearing as a child. This story completely took me by surprise when the wolf “…huffed, and he puffed, and he blew the house in…and ate the pig up.” Soon after, the pigs were wandering around on the page, separate from the framed illustrations. Before I knew it, the pigs were flying on a paper airplane they made from the pages of the ori ...more
Kwtay Calvin
Feb 06, 2017 Kwtay Calvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-pb
The book, The Three Pigs, begins as the classic tale we all have grown to know with three Pigs that set off to build houses of their own. The first Pig made his house of straw, and the next Pig made his house sticks, and the last Pig made his house of brick. The Wolf came and blew the straw house down and ate the pig, then he blew the stick house down and ate the pig. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next the story takes a surprising turn. The Pigs leave the story! They find t ...more
Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 Christina Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Wiesner’s postmodern picturebook is a metafictive reimagining of the classic fairytale which employs water color, gouache, colored inks, pencil, and colored pencil on Fabriano hot press paper to raucously depict the three little pigs in a cartoon style while they remain in their own story. However, in the course of eluding the big bad wolf’s attacks they manage to not only survive but also break the frames of their own story, explore its gutters, and break into the frames that encase the stories ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 520-picturebook
David Wiesner's edition of The Three Pigs is clever and unexpected. It begins by following the traditional fairy tale, with the wolf knocking on each pig's door and threatening to blow their house in. However, each pig cleverly escapes the wrath of the wolf by exiting the story itself. Structured like a graphic novel in some ways, the traditional tale is interrupted with speech bubbles and side conversations in which the pigs manipulate the pages of the story.

The three pigs find their way into
Anna Laskownicka
May 05, 2015 Anna Laskownicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is definitely a fresh viewpoint on the story of the classical 'Three Little Pigs'. What makes this book unique is the deconstruction of the plot, and the bravery of pigs who decided to take matters into their own hands.

I really like the idea of pigs flying away on the paper airplane made of the pages of their own story. In this way they outwitted the wolf, who needed to put more effort in finding them. The double spread white pages with pigs sitting on the airplane give the impression of fr
Mar 08, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We just love David Wiesner's books and though this one actually has some words, it still has the same crazy, mind-blowing illustrations we've come to expect from his wordless books.

It's a fun take on the well-told tale of "The Three Little Pigs." We really enjoyed reading this book together and I think it was certainly worthy of it's Caldecott Medal.

This book was selected as one of the books for the January 2017- Caldecott Medal Winners 1998-2002 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Child
Doree Burt
2002 Caldecott Medal. Ummmm. What the!?! The art is coolish, but the lame story (or lack of story)...Are you kidding me? This reminds me of one of those Saturday Night Live skits where you sit there puzzled while those who created it are high-fiving themselves and chuckling.
Jun 20, 2008 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: picture
In this highly imaginate and artistic twist on the Three Little Pigs, the pigs flee the wolf and escape off the edge of the illustrations into other stories.

I thought this book was awesome, but the little kids I read it to (ages 3-4) didn't really get the concept.
Apr 14, 2008 ABC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Imaginative book. Difficult to read out loud~~it's not really meant for that.
Feb 18, 2017 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, of their 3 houses made of hay, sticks, and bricks, and of the hungry wolf who huffs and puffs until their houses are blown down. The story never changes, until the pigs discover that they can literally step out of their story and into another. And so, their adventure begins as they travel from story to story, meeting new friends along the way who help them change the fate of their once predictable tale’s end.
A fresh take on an old classic, the
Rachel Hoeck
Jan 21, 2017 Rachel Hoeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner puts a twist on the classic story of The Three Little Pigs. The picture book begins with a white pig who has built his house out of straw. A wolf comes along and asks to come inside the pig’s home, but the pig declines. In response, the wolf blows the house in and literally blows the white pig out of the story. Then, the wolf goes to the pink pig’s stick house. While he is blowing the house down, the white pig shows up in the white space of the book, outside the s ...more
Erin Ramai
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Feb 25, 2017 Maxym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aisj-library
What I like: Everything! Especially the end part where the dragon scared the wolf.
Feb 27, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Another favorite of my 5-yr-old Lucas.
Courtney Spicer
Apr 02, 2016 Courtney Spicer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Weisner, D., (2001). The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion Books.

The Three Pigs starts just as the original story of the three little pigs begins. The one everyone knows, with the pigs who are building their houses out of straw, sticks, and bricks. The wolf comes along to blow down the houses and eat the pigs, but there’s a catch! The first pig escapes out of the story illustrations, into the background land that can lead him into other stories. He rescues his brothers, finds a dragon that will be s
The Three Pigs is a perfect example of postmodern picturebooks, in the way that it mixes the traditional story of the three little pigs with nursery rhymes and fairy tales through an intertextual plot and a variety of illustration styles. The story starts out with the traditional story, along with a more realistic illustration style. The story is set up in panels, with half-inch margins of white space. Once the pigs realize they can travel out of the story and into the white space, the tale tran ...more
Nickolas Florez
The book is a provides a very interesting spinoff to the original "Three Little Pigs", as the story begins the same with the wolf asking to enter the pigs' homes while they reply, "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!". Every time a wolf attempts or succeeds at blowing the house down, the pigs are blown away outside of the fairytale into the story's page borders. They fly on a paper airplane into another realm of pictures from pictures books. Every time they enter a new picture, we are introd ...more
Jeanene DeFine
Apr 02, 2016 Jeanene DeFine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Pigs begins as the traditional story with the wolf blowing down the pigs house of straw. The little pig was able to jump out of the story to get away from the wolf. When the wolf went to the pigs house made of sticks the other pig saved him by having him follow him out of the story. They went to the house made of brick to get the other pig. They all jumped out of the story. They find themselves standing on the pages of the book. One of the pigs makes a paper air plane and they all get ...more
Matthew Ciccarone
This 3 pig’s story begins in typical fashion, but after the first 2 houses are blown down the pigs go on an unexpected journey through literature itself and then back again. On page 3 of the story there is a mixed illustrative style with a pig falling out of the standard image box that all other images are contained within. This pig is also self-referential, as he mentions that he has been blown out of the story. Page 5 contained the same themes, with pigs outside the standard image areas. Mixed ...more
Ashley Lopez
The Three Pigs consisted of what seemed to be the usual story about the three little pigs and the wolf but soon turned into an exploring of many books. The main characters were the three little pigs who were built their homes out of straw, sticks, and brick when the wolf came buy to blow it down and eat the pigs. The story then took a unexpected turn where the pigs were not eaten, and instead escaped the book into a blank white space where there were even more books to jump in and out of. The pi ...more
Jessica Aguilar
Apr 03, 2016 Jessica Aguilar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner is a story that puts a twist on the old classic of The Three Pigs. In the story, you start with the usual way The Three Pigs start but as the story progresses you begin to notice that the three pigs are able to jump out of the story (out of the illustrated frames) and slowly the three pigs themselves, go through a number of a children's story on an adventure.

In this story, the illustrations of the story are what made the story as the creators of the book strayed
Kali Guest
Oct 27, 2016 Kali Guest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Pigs appears to be another rendition of the story everyone has heard. It begins with the three pigs building homes and getting them blown down by the wolf; however, the wolf blows the pigs out of the story and into a world of imagination. From here, the pigs adventure through many other stories. The illustrators use of contrasting mediums such as watercolor and print lead this story to a new dimension. The use of lines in the story show how the homes are being built (vertical) symboliz ...more
Rachel Kinney
Feb 13, 2017 Rachel Kinney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
I chose this for one of the fractured fairy tales. This story of the Three Little Pigs is very fun, creative, and interesting. The illustrations in this story are amazing and I love how other fairy tales are included in the illustrations. The pigs finally escape the wolf by escaping out of the pages of the book and they make a paper airplane out of one of the pages and take a ride and then crash. As they sort through pages of other fairy tales, they find a dragon and decide to take that dragon b ...more
Alisia Matias
Apr 01, 2016 Alisia Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Wesiner's version of the classical The Three Little Pigs is extremely different from what would be expected – a wolf blowing the pigs' houses down until he reaches the brick house. The semi-realism and homeliness of the characters and setting also make it feel like it's going to start off as a traditional folktale. That is, until the pigs escape from the wolf and find a whole new world to explore. Their journey takes them through the stories of other familiar characters, making the reader ...more
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During David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.

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