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The Three Pigs

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This Caldecott Medal-winningpicture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with charac ...more
Hardcover, 38 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Caldecott Medal Winners
16th out of 79 books — 346 voters
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“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
Feb 08, 2016 Melki rated it it was amazing
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.
Anna Laskownicka
Jun 01, 2015 Anna Laskownicka rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Vegan
Jul 04, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
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
Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 Christina Taylor rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica Aguilar
Apr 03, 2016 Jessica Aguilar rated it it was amazing
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
Edwin Reyes
Apr 03, 2016 Edwin Reyes rated it really liked it
What a great spin off from the original fairytale of the Three Little Pigs. Everybody knows the story of these pigs. The first pig makes his house out of straw and gets eaten. The second pigs makes his house of sticks and gets eaten and so on. There are many twists or retellings of these stories but none quite like this one. It tells the same original story in comic/picture box illustration style. Except instead of the pigs being eaten, they are taken out of the comic styled pictures are on plac ...more
Reuben Andrade
Apr 03, 2016 Reuben Andrade rated it liked it
The Three Little Pigs written by David Wiesner is a twist on the classic tale that many people have previously heard. The story starts off with the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf.

In the beginning, the illustrations are 2D with simple background illustration with detail focused on the pigs' homes. Once the wolf starts to blow the houses down, the pigs enter a different reality where they become 3D. The texture of the pigs changed. Instead of a more cartoon look, the reader can see the d
Courtney Spicer
Apr 02, 2016 Courtney Spicer rated it did not like it

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
Jeanene DeFine
Apr 02, 2016 Jeanene DeFine rated it really liked it
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
Alisia Matias
Apr 01, 2016 Alisia Matias rated it really liked it
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
Laura Brenneisen
Title: The Three Pigs By: David Wiesner Copyright: 2001 Number of Pages: 38 Lit Require: Traditional Literature #1

This is a funny re-written version of the three little pigs. The three little pigs built their houses out of straw, sticks, and brick like the normal story, and the wolf blew down the first two which caused the pigs to "be blown out of the story, and they left the wolf behind in the story of the three little pigs. They went exploring and landed upon the story of Hey diddle diddle, im
Jose Valadez
Jan 25, 2015 Jose Valadez rated it really liked it
David Weisners The Three Pigs is a fantastic twist on the old classic The Three Little Pigs. This selection was given the Caldecott medal in 2002 and very well deserves it for its choice in color scheme.
The Three pigs illustrations were created using Water Color, gouache (an opaque watercolor paint. Whereas transparent watercolors allow you to see the "white" of the paper below the paint), colored inks, pencil, and colored pencil. The artist and author of this book did a remarkable job, David W
Karlie Jamieson
Mar 31, 2016 Karlie Jamieson rated it really liked it
This story is about three pigs who each make their attempt at building a house. The first pig builds a house out of straw and a wolf comes down and blows the house down. When the wolf does this, one pig gets blown out of the story and into another dimension. The next pig makes his house out of sticks and the wolf blows it down and the next pig gets blown out of the story. This continues until each pig is in another dimension and they are exploring many different books. They end up making friends ...more
Doree Burt
Sep 30, 2008 Doree Burt rated it did not like it
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.
Agnieszka Cłapka
May 07, 2015 Agnieszka Cłapka rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My feelings concerning this book are rather mixed. Although I didn't like the style in which Wiesner drew the illustrations, I quite liked the idea of giving the characters of the story the power over its course. Furthermore, the cover itself is rather boring and conventional, and frankly speaking, at first it didn't encourage me to open the book. Nevertheless, the content deserves our attention. Not only is the main text nicely implemented by speech bubbles, which gives the story another layer, ...more
Jessica Orrett
Apr 03, 2016 Jessica Orrett added it
Shelves: rdg-291
"The Three Pigs" by David Wiesner tells the classic story about the three little pigs and the wolf, but with a bit of a twist. Children will be charmed by this postmodern picture book and its twists and turns, but also by the illustrations.
The art form for this story is not something that is typical of most children's literature. Not only are the three pigs and the wolf almost animated and lifelike, but as the story intertwines with other classic children's stories, the style changes. The shapes
Amy Werdenberg
Apr 03, 2016 Amy Werdenberg rated it really liked it
David Wiesner puts an interesting twist on the traditional tale in this postmodern telling of The Three Pigs. The story begins how you might expect, but rather than the wolf eating the pigs they get blown out of the story and go off on an adventure into the pages of other stories. They meet the characters of Hey, Diddle, Diddle and rescue a dragon, among other things, before deciding to head home.

Though this story is not traditional, young readers can easily follow the adventurous twist because
May 20, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Genee121 by: Stephanie Bange
How creative David Wiesner was in writing the book The Three Pigs! Everything I expected to see and read in this book....i did not. Very clever on how Wiesner puts his twist on the original. The story kicks in to high gear when the first pig that built his house of straw is blown right out of the story. Brilliant!!! No need to ask why Wiesner won the Caldecott Award. Then, though the the book states that the wolf ate the first two pigs after blowing their houses in, the pigs are never there when ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Rfrancik rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-picture-books, 1-f
Winner of the 2002 Caldecott Award The Three Pigs is David Weisner's third Caldecott winner. This book features delightful illustrations that deviate substantially from the traditional tale. In Mr. Weisner's version the wolf blows the first little pig out of the picture book.

Interested in his new reality little pig #1 trots off to visit with his brothers and invite them out of the book for a little exploration of their new environment while the wolf remains trapped back in the story. Meeting ot
Feb 05, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this version of the three little pigs, I thought it would just be a nicely illustrated version of the original. Boy, was I wrong! I LOVE this book! The illustrations are phenomenal and the story is so lovely. The story does start out as the original version of this classic story but by page three, things start to change. The first little pig gets blown out of the story! So, we see him hanging on to what is almost a comic like frame. The story continues along but you ...more
Feb 03, 2010 Ch_jank-caporale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
At first glance, this may appear to be another rendition of the "Three Little Pigs." Yes, the first little pig builds a house of straw and the wolf huffs and puffs and blows it down. Yes, the second little pig builds a house of sticks and the wolf- you know. But after that, the tale comes to life in a whole new way- pigs escape from one tale into another, and then into another all together, and lo! All the animals come to life, freed from the confines of their traditional plots and conflicts. Fr ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Katina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, traditional
is written by Davis Wiesner. The illustrations use watercolor, colored inks, and colored pencils. The artwork and styles of the illustrations change through out the text when the stories change. The three pigs begins as the traditional is told until the wolf blows the first pig's house down. "So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew the house in... Hey! He blew me right out of the story!" said the pig. The wolf looks for the pig under the pile of straw and finds the pig is gone. The pig is take ...more
Erin Ramai
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Andrea Wickenhagen
Nov 09, 2013 Andrea Wickenhagen rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on a journey, not just through the story it is displaying but within the pictures you get to fly through the pages with the pigs as they fly through the pages of the book around and on pages of the story themselves. The style of illustration used within the book was so entertaining and fun that you did not want to stop turning the pages. It starts off like any regular storybook and then all of a sudden when the big bad wolf goes to blow down the third little pig’s house, they ...more
(NS) Laura Jackson
Oct 06, 2009 (NS) Laura Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story begins in the same way most Three Little Pig stories begin. The pigs built three houses. One was made of straw, one was made of sticks, and one was made of bricks. As the wolf approached the third house, he began huffing and puffing, and blew the pigs right off of the page. The pigs then begin a journey by exiting the border of the fairytale and beginning their own adventure where they visit other stories. During this time they visit a dragon, the cat and the fiddle, and other famous ...more
Christine Jensen
Jan 22, 2010 Christine Jensen rated it it was amazing
Approximate Interest Level / Reading Level: Early Elmentary

Format: Picture Book

Awards: ALA Notable Books for Children (2002), Caldecott Medal (2002), Notable Books of the English Language Arts (2002)

This book is clever and humorous with fun illustrations! It plays to the reader who is familiar with the classic story, taking them on an unexpected adventure. The pigs escape early on and move into the white space between the pages. Once there, dialogue bubbles are used to show the characters speaki
Dylan Reeves
Apr 03, 2016 Dylan Reeves rated it it was amazing
In this interpretation of the classic fable "The Three Little Pigs", things take an unexpected turn when the little pigs discover a way to break the fourth wall and escape the wolf. This book largely relies on its illustrations because in many areas, what we perceive as normal text begins to break down as the pigs explore what can only be described as "the space between worlds".
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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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