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The Three Pigs

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  10,747 ratings  ·  870 reviews
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 77 books — 282 voters
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Picture Books About Pigs
4th out of 140 books — 76 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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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.
May 20, 2014 Genee121 rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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
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
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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Christina Taylor
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
Andrea Wickenhagen
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
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
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...more
This is a very cute story, which takes children in a new direction with one of their favorite stories. I like the way this book is developed but at times it is a little hard to follow the storyline. However, I think it teaches children good things about stories.
Mayra Martinez
This book starts like the story of the three little pigs, but this story gets a twist. Here the wolf blows so hard that he blows the pigs out of the story. Here the pigs have fun in a white book and end up entering other stories. The pigs all go to see what other things they find and end up making friends with the cat and the fiddle and a dragon. After some time they come across the brick house that one of the pigs built. They decide to go back home and bring their friends in too. The original s...more
The pictures are very creative in this book as they have the pigs coming out of the story. What I do not like is that the words are not made important and do not match the pictures. The words say the wolf ate the pigs, but since they came out of the pages they survive. It becomes more of an illustrated book as the focus is mostly on the pictures. It is clever how the book includes other nursery rhymes for the children to make text to text connections. The mediums are cool too how he switches med...more
Giselle Avina
The thing I loved about this book is that it completely leads you to believe that it is just an ordinary retelling of the original "Three Pigs" story. A few pages into the book, you begin to realize that it is something completely different- the pigs escape the prison of their regular story and escape into a crazy world where they can enter any story they choose. I've read several books by this author now and I can honestly say that he is my favorite children's author! I love the way he plays wi...more
Hayley Larson
"The Three Pigs" is so thoughtful and imaginative! I can't believe that one man can come up with so much amazing work. This book was a take on the old story of the three pigs who had the wolf huff and puff and blow their houses down. Only this time, the Pigs decided to jump out of the pages of their own story and into others! As a result, Weisner could use different art styles to differentiate between the stories which made the illustrations very dynamic and intriguing. I loved this book and thi...more
This book was not at all what I expected it to be like, but at the same time, I really enjoyed it, once the shock wore off. I thought it was a clever idea and I liked how the pigs took control instantaneously and were off and ready to go on their own adventures. Of course, I am already a fan of David Wiesner's artwork, and this book did not disappoint. A book I'd recommend, especially to pig-lovers.

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Great illustrations (which we've come to expect from David Wiesner's books!). The story of the three pigs turns into something else as the pigs are 'huffed and puffed' off the pages of their story and make their way through other story books, picking up other characters as friends along the way before returning to their own story and rewriting the ending. Fun book that kids who are already familiar with the original story will enjoy the new twist on. Great way to teach our kids that we can 'rewr...more
Jordan Traylor
This book begins with the classic story of the three little pigs, until the first pig realizes that he can hide behind the pages of the story. He goes to the next scene and saves the other pig from being eaten and then the three pigs together mess up the pages of the story to stop the wolf. Once they fold up their own story, they travel to other stories. The pigs end up saving a dragon from being slated. The three pigs decide to fix their story but incorporate the dragon with their own twist. Wh...more
This book provides a unique spin on the classic, well known story. It starts out with one of the pigs making a house out of straw and the wolf comes along blowing it down, then moving to the second pig to blow his house out of sticks down, and then goes to the last pig’s house which is made out of brick. Before the wolf has the chance to try and blow the house down, the pigs escape and venture off into the story - or you could say, out of the story and into a few different ones. It shows the pig...more
This untraditional story starts with the traditional beginning of the familiar tale of the three little pigs. As the story continues, the pigs begin to fall out of the frames as they get blown out of their houses. The pigs make later appearances as the wolf continues to each house, inviting the other pig to come out of the story. As the pigs steal away from their story, the panels begin to lose shape as they are blown across the pages. The three pigs then begin to explore the new stories they j...more
Thee Three Pigs by David Wiesner is a very good example of a postmodern picture book. This story is begins by telling the typical tale of the three little pigs. After the first few pages, things begin to change. The first little pig gets blown straight out of the book by the big bad wolf! Instead of getting eaten up, the pigs decide that they should just leave the story! Where are they to go once they leave their own story? To other well known fairytales of course! They jump straight into that m...more
The Three pigs is a twist on the classic tale that we all know. This version of The Three Pigs starts off with the pigs building the houses of straw, sticks and bricks. The wolf huffs and puffs and blows everything away, including the pigs! The pigs venture into their journey by beginning their adventure visiting other stories. They visit a dragon, the cat and the fiddle, and some other famous characters. In the end, they get some help from their new friend dragon and return to their original st...more
Jennifer Johnson
“Little pig, little pig, let me come in. And the pig answered, not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin. The wolf said, then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in.” The Three Pigs written and illustrated by David Wiesner begins no different than any book based off of the classic tale The Three Little Pigs, however, the story quickly takes a turn when the pigs are blown out of the story and take a journey of their own. As the timeless tale goes, there are three pigs, one who makes hi...more
The three little pigs is a classic tale. The first pig builds a house made of straw and along comes the big bad wolf huffing and puffing blowing the house down...and the first pig right out the story. Pig two and pig three follow one's lead and venture outside of their own story into another. And another, meeting new characters along the way. The pigs mindlessly fly throughout the empty spaces on an airplane made from a page of their own story until a crash landing. The pigs realize that they ar...more
Rachael Mack
The Three Pigs by David Weisner is a postmodern picture book that completely alters the classic tale. While the story is the same about the pigs building houses and the wolf “huffing and puffing and blowing it down”, instead of getting to the pigs, he blows them right out of the story! Once all three pigs are blown out of the story they go on an adventure of their own. They fold up pages of books into paper airplanes and fly through the book until they come across other stories. They then enter...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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