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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  109,176 ratings  ·  1,851 reviews

A spoof on the three little pigs story, this time told from the wolf's point of view. Lane Smith also illustrated Hallowe'en ABC which was one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Viking Juvenile
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Matina Yes it is quite funny. You must have a sense of humor for sure! My daughter enjoyed it when she was little and I read it to her.

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Ronyell
Wolf

“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” became one of the most popular books in 1989, earning awards, including the New York Times Best Illustrated book. Also, this story is notably popular for its wit and humor as Alexander T. Wolf (Al for short) tries to explain to the reader his side of the story on what happened when he met the three little pigs.

There are so many positive aspects in this story that I would enjoy discussing, but the main positive aspects in this story are the writing and th...more
Seth
This book is so freaking awesome! Everybody should read it- now. Just do it. Just eat it. I mean... whatever. BTW, this is Barbara (Seth's sister )writing Seth's review.
Back (this is Barbara pretending to be Seth)in my day, when I was but a wee lad of the tender age of four or five or something, I was introduced to this marvelous, touching, inspiring, novelty of a book. It changed my whole life, introducing me to a whole new outlook on life.
I read this book so many times (okay, i admit, i had to...more
Jordan
This is one of my favorite books as a child. I always enjoyed the idea that the true story of the three little pigs, was different than what we knew to be true. I have to say even as a child I always liked the big bad wolf better than those annoying little pigs, maybe this was an early sign of my link to liking bad boys. : )
I recently picked up this book again, and read though it. I have to say that many books usually do not stand up to a second read through. Especially if you read the book as...more
Cherina
Summary: This is a spin-off of the original story The Three Little Pigs. Alexander Wolf gets his chance to explain his side of the story. Instead of being an intimidating, evil wolf, he went to his two neighbors (the pig brothers) to borrow a cup of sugar. He had a rather nasty cold and so he ended up sneezing so hard that he blew their houses done. When he went to the third pig's house, the pig refused to open the door and insulted his grandmother. The police came and arrested the wolf and the...more
Sheena O'connell
The true story of the three little pigs

The true story of the three little pigs is a great book to get children thinking and forming their own opinions. It tells the’ three little pigs story’ from the wolf’s point of view which is very convincing and is in total contrast to the story we all know and love. The wolf introduces himself at the start of the story and announces that he had been framed by the three little pigs. He proceeds to tell his side of the story. The wolf’s story is very differen...more
Janet
Having grown up with the story of "The Three Little Pigs," when I first read this spoof on the traditional tale, I just had to laugh. The wolf tells his side of the story just like young children always feel it's important to give their version of what happens. According to the wolf, he was not doing anything wrong (what a surprise!) and he's gotten a bum deal ever since the events occurred which are related in the story.

This is a great book to use when teaching point of view. It's easy to see t...more
John Yelverton
These books that turn fairy tales on their heads are always so funny, and it really takes you back to your childhood as well.
Jasmine
Jan 04, 2009 Jasmine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone under 12
Shelves: children
i LOVOOOVED this book as a kid! LOVED it!

i always did feel that the wolf was painted in a bad light!
Adrianna
Feb 03, 2010 Adrianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who speaks or is learning Spanish
Recommended to Adrianna by: Spanish Club
The Spanish Outreach Club at Humboldt State University recommended we bring books to a 4th grade Spanish class. As college volunteers, we read picture books to the students. I had read this book before in English but reading a translation is a completely different experience. I didn't realize how much fun I would have until I was in the classroom with the students sitting around me. As I read the book, I would pause so the students could take a moment to understand what I was reading. The teache...more
Taneysha forsyth
Jun 29, 2009 Taneysha forsyth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mercedes
Recommended to Taneysha by: ms.woodard
Hi my name is Taneysha Forsyth and i am a 8th grade student who loves to read books that explain how different animals don't get along.Well my review will knock your soxs off your feet.i am basically going to explain how this book is cool and how it is bad at the same time.You will know soon just find out when u read my review.............



The True Story Of The
Three Little Pigs
(PAPERBACK)
Jon Scieszka



This book is one of the stories of the three little pigs.There is on powerful method the au...more
Sara
When teaching students voice and point of view, this story can prove to be a great resource. This story is about the three little pigs, but the reason why this story is different is that it is told from the wolf’s point of view. Everyone knows what happened in the original story, but nobody ever asked the wolf his point of view. Throughout the book, the wolf explains his side of the story and the reason behind why he had to eat the three little pigs. The tone of the book is a bit comical and by...more
Becky
Many variations of the three little pigs story are told with sympathy for the pigs who are being tormented by the big, bad wolf. In this version of the story, the wolf insists that the entire event was a big misunderstanding. He admits to eating the pigs, but insisted it was after they accidentally died. He begs the reader for sympathy, and argues that judging his desire to eat pigs isn't fair since he can't help his appetite. All tactics of manipulation are employed, including talking about his...more
Miss Meghan's Class
This has GOT to be one of my all-time favorite kid books and I read it to my class at least twice a week (more so because of the fact that it is the favorite of a couple of kids in the room).

If you like books that don't conform to what everyone believes the true story is, that shows that there are two sides of every story, than this is the book for you.

Alexander T Wolf is the narrator of this story, explaining that he is not the big bad wolf that everyone thinks he is and tells you his side - t...more
Amanda Hamilton
A traditional tale is told from a new point of view in a fun book for elementary readers, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Jon Scieszka’s version of this well-known folktale gives the wolf a chance to tell his side of the story that left him with the reputation of ‘Big and Bad.’ Illustrations by the unique artist Lane Smith magnify the already wonderful text in this book.

From his jail cell, after being convicted of eating pigs and destruction of property, Alexander T. Wolf explains a ver...more
Amber M
Genre: Traditional Literature

Awards: ALA Notable Book,
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Picture Book (1991)

Grade Level: K-3

Before I read The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs I would first make sure that everyone in the class has read the traditional story of the three little pigs. I believe that this book could be useful in my future class because the story will give the students a chance of seeing the other side. There are normally two sides to every story and it will give them the chan...more
Slayermel
Sep 17, 2009 Slayermel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humour
I found this book lying on the coffee table in our staff room at work. I was drawn right away to the front cover, and thought what an interesting concept it would be to hear the story of the three little pigs from the Wolf's perspective.
What followed had me laughing out loud. You see the wolf would have you believe this was all just a big misunderstanding and he was being framed. What really happened was he was suffering from a sneezing cold and just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar from his neig...more
Amy
"The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" is a folklore book and was published in 1989. This is my favorite book of my whole childhood. The whole humorous story behind why the wolf did all that he did to the little pigs just made me crack up every time I would read the book. This book is about the wolf's side of the story and how he was only going to the pigs house because he was looking for something. But, he had a terrible cold and things fell apart from there. The book would have to be the be...more
Katelyn Lopez
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is based off the original fairytale. Except in this book, the story is told from the wolf’s point of view. He explains how he was only visiting the pigs’ house to borrow some sugar, and he just so happened to sneeze while visiting. He accidently knocked the houses down. Long story short, the wolf tells the story of how he was framed and the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding. I like this book because it gives you a comical way to think about the o...more
Emmeline
I loved reading this book over and over as a kid. I picked it up once again to read it again and I still love it.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is the story we all know about the little pigs told in the point of view of the wolf. The wolf retells the story in a way that will have you smiling throughout. He mentions how silly the first two pigs were for having built such fragile houses and how rude the pigs were to him when all he wanted was a cup of sugar. He explains how the media twiste...more
Melissa
Melissa Wickelhaus
Picture Book

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is a humorous retelling of the traditional story of the 3Little Pigs in which the wolf claims he has been framed. Told from the wolf’s perspective, he explains that he was trying to make a cake for his granny and went to the neighbors to borrow some sugar. He had a really bad cold and when he sneezed the first and second little pigs’ houses fell down killing them and he ate them because they were already dead. Teens should get a k...more
Brenda
This is the three little pigs told from the wolf’s point of view adding a different look at the whole events. The author provides several plausible reasons for why the little pigs get eaten and can easily have the reader feeling sorry for the wold (he ends up in jail at the end of the story). The illustrations certainly add to the drama of the story and provide just the right amount of intensity. It kind of reminded me of the movie Hoodwinked where the accused gives their own version of the inci...more
Sashel Palacios
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka is a clever spin on the classic story of the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Coming from the point of view of A. Wolf, which is much nicer, gives the story a good amount of humor. Using casual and conversational language, A. Wolf goes to each piggy’s house simply asking for a cup of sugar, which he needs to finish making his grandmother’s birthday cake. Just like the original story, the wolf goes to each of the piggy’s house and destroys b...more
Richard Edgworth
A classic tale that’s been reinvented to show that there really are two sides to every story. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs sees the reader being educated on what really happened on that fateful day when The Big Bad Wolf came huffing and puffing.

This book is a great read, totally transforming the wolf as we know him into an educated, polite and quite frankly, misunderstood character who has been left at the mercy of pigs that are out to frame him. For we are presented not with a wolf that...more
Katlin Sims
This story is a hilarious retelling of the story of the 3 Little Pigs from the prospective of the Big Bad Wolf. This book is funny and engaging and children love it. It is great to use in an activity alongside a book about the classic telling of the 3 Little Pigs to help teach children about story elements, prospective, and similarities and differences in books.
Kelly
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, an...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
It was all a big misunderstanding, I can see that now. A bad cold and shoddy construction - clearly the pigs weren't building up to code.
Definitely for school-age kids who will be able to get the joke.
Lisa Vegan
I often enjoy twisted versions of fairy tales and this one was a lot of fun. I’ve never even read it to any of the children I know, but I chortled reading it to myself.
Penny
I feel like I should start this review with an apology. I really did want to like this book a lot more than I did. It's such a great premise -- seeing the Three Little Pigs story from the Wolf's point of view. And it's told in a way that's plausible, but is not so slanted that you can still argue both sides (pig v. wolf versions). Plus the illustrations are detailed and clever. And it was interesting that the jailor is a pig (conspiracy theorists unite!)

But somehow the whole ended up being less...more
Jared Burton
Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. New York: Viking Press, 1989.
Genre - Fiction - Metafiction
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is a meta-fictional retelling of the three little pigs only this time from the wolf's side of the story. Meant to be purely entertaining, the story flips around the old story making the pigs out to be the real rude villains in the story, while the wolf is the innocent character. In the story, the wolf is trying only to borrow a cup of sugar, instead,...more
Jonathan Ryal
The true story of the three little pigs might be the best spinoff from the original story of the three little pigs. The pictures are large and detailed which really help you see a different side that your mind might not go to. This version takes us from the point of view that the big bad wolf is really just a nice wolf looking for sugar to make his grandma a cake. As he goes to each of the first two pigs houses, he ends up sneezing so strong that he blows the houses down and killing the pig. Rat...more
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger...more
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