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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,674 Ratings  ·  469 Reviews
When it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware the big bad pig. But the little wolves' increasingly sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who has more up his sleeve than huffing and puffing. It takes a chance encounter with a flamingo pushing a wheelbarrow full of fl ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Charlotte Gray
Oct 24, 2011 Charlotte Gray rated it it was amazing
This book is truly hilarious. I was reading it to a class of children and couldn’t stop myself from laughing out loud! It is a twist on a classic tale, as the name suggests, about three little wolves that leave their mother to build a house. The first house built of bricks gets knocked down by the BIG BAD PIG who uses a sledge hammer. The second house built of concrete, gets knocked down by a pneumatic drill. The third house, built of the strongest materials imaginable, gets blown up by dynamite ...more
Kathy Roderer
Oct 04, 2009 Kathy Roderer rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully enchanting spin-off of the Three Little Pigs tale! Unlike most fairy tales, the wolves in this story are cuddly and lovable with soft fur and fluffy tails. On three occasions, they try to build a house, each time of sturdier materials, only to have it blown down by the “big bad pig.” Their determination and perseverance is admirable, and the reader is likely to be cheering them on. The illustrations add to the charm. At last, a flamingo gives them flowers. The final house buil ...more
Claire Conlon
May 01, 2012 Claire Conlon rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig and I think it is perfect for children in key stage one. It was a great twist on the original story of the Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad wolf. The story had really interesting vocabulary and it was a great way for children to learn words such as pneumatic drill! It was really interesting how the wolves did everything in their power to stay safe by creating big strong houses however this failed at keeping the big bad pig out ...more
Aisha Khan
Jul 02, 2013 Aisha Khan rated it it was amazing
On first glance one can be mistaken for assuming this is just yet another version of the classic the three little pigs, yet this book in my view is a hidden gem. By revising the orignal story Eugene Trivizas has provided children with a brilliant, funny and paradoxical book that I believe will appeal to not only younger readers but adults alike.

The book opens with the three little wolves being cautioned by their mother to be wary of the 'big bad pig' and as a result the wolves decide to build a
Dean Barber
Jan 25, 2014 Dean Barber rated it really liked it
'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig' by Eugene Trivizas is a fantastic book that puts a clever twist on the classic 'Three Little Pigs' tale.

After their mother decides it is time for them to move out, the three little Wolves set out to build a new home for themselves, ever fearful of the big bad Pig. Their use of materials is never a match for the Pig who will go to extreme lengths (pneumatic drills and such) to tear their house down. That is until, the Pigs discover that the use of a r
Mar 21, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
My niece and nephew both liked this book. My niece is older and is familiar with The Three Little Pigs, so she really enjoyed how this book turned that tale on its head. She laughed at several of the twists and turns, and she was eagerly anticipating how the Three Little Wolves would outsmart the Big Bad Pig. I think the story really lost steam for her, though, with the building of the final house, and the pig's conversion to gentleness. I do think she appreciated the story a great deal, but I i ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
“The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” is a story written by Eugene Trivizas along with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury about how three wolves try to outsmart a big bad pig. This story is surely a classic that will be read over and again.

Eugene Trivizas’ writing is creative and brilliant as he sets the story during the modern age where machinery works to each character’s advantage. Also, I love the way that Eugene Trivizas reverses the roles of the characters such as instead of their bei
Alli Kaye
Mar 12, 2012 Alli Kaye rated it really liked it
This story was a retelling of The Three Little Pigs. In this version, there are 3 little wolves and a big bad pig. I really enjoyed reading this version. While the story was pretty similar, it had some major differences. For example,I thought the change in the pig at the end of the story was very unique and I liked how he became the "Good" Bad Pig. I also enjoyed that the wolves did everything that they could think of to stay safe, and in the end, the house that was the most fragile turned out t ...more
Emma Walker
May 02, 2012 Emma Walker rated it it was amazing
The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig is a story based on the tradition story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. In this story the roles are reversed and it is the little wolves who are attempting to escape the wrath of the Big Bad Pig. The pig manages to knock down each of the three wolves’ homes using a range of devices including hammers and a detonator. The wolves end up making a house out of flowers and although it would seem that this is a silly idea, the pig is transformed by the sweet smel ...more
Kavitha Suhumar
Apr 29, 2012 Kavitha Suhumar rated it it was amazing
The three little wolves and the big bad wolf is a classic twist of the three little pigs. I read this to a Yr 2 class and they loved the book so much, they wated it read to them everyday!
In this story there are three good wolves and a bad pig, the story was quite the same, which a big change at the end where the pig changed. In the three little pigs children look at material, and eventually the hardest and strongest material (bricks) kept the children out. In this book we see that the softest ma
Mar 12, 2012 Anelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
"Ρούνι, Ρούνι, Ρούνι, το ύπουλο κακό γουρούνι"

Έχοντας διαβάσει αυτό το βιβλίο, αυτή η φράση δεν έλεγε να μου ξεκολλήσει και επαναλάμβανε τον εαυτό της στο -τότε- τετράωρο ταξίδι Αθήνα-Σπάρτη, προς πλήρη δυστυχία της υπόλοιπης οικογένειας, που βρισκόταν σφηνωμένη μαζί μου στο αδιέξοδο ενός σαραβαλιασμένου alpha romeo που άκουγε στο όνομα Ιβανόης.

Και μόνο γι αυτό, αγαπάω παθιασμένα αυτό το βιβλίο του Τριβιζά, το οποίο παίζει και να είναι το μόνο που έχω καταφέρει να διαβάσω ολόκληρο (η Ζωγραφιά
Anna Rothenhoefer
Oct 25, 2011 Anna Rothenhoefer rated it really liked it
The Three LIttle Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is one of my favorite spin-off fairy tales so far. I really enjoyed all the different animals as characters in the book. It is different from the original because in the end, the wolves tricked the pig instead of outsmarting him by building a big and strong house, they built a beautiful one that lured him to change. I think that children will especially like this story because of animals characters in the book like the flamingo, rhinoceros, and kangaro ...more
Ozan Yunus
Sep 17, 2011 Ozan Yunus rated it it was amazing
The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas is a great modern twist to the original childhood classic The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad wolf. It is very funny with its modern take of blowing the house down, with the use of pneumatic drills and dynamite. Throughout the story it portrays very important morals and ends with a very important message that i believe is vital in any childs development. The illustrations are excellent, ful of colour and very funny. It can be read ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Suzanna rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my 3-4 year old class for the last two years, when the holiday club would come in the summer holidays some times the 9 year old children would want to hear the story, turning the three little pigs on its head. The story is fantastic because the houses get more and more obscure and the big bad pigs efforts get greater. the children love to guess what is going to happen next and enjoy the silliness of the tale.

I think that this story could be used for a lot of different age gr
Feb 18, 2014 A.khanom rated it it was amazing
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas.

This book is a role reversal of the well-known ‘Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf’ set in modern times. The Three Little Wolves mother decides that the time had come for her wolves to build a house of their own but warns them about the Big Bad Pig. Each time the Wolves set out to build their house they meet a different animal such as the kangaroo, rhinoceros, beaver and flamingo that provide the building materials. Although the
May 02, 2010 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Summary: A hilarious retelling of the traditional story. It's time for the three little wolves to go out on their own, so off they go to build themselves a sturdy brick house. They hadn't reckoned on a big bad pig with a sledgehammer! Oxenbury's enchanting watercolor illustrations, full of delightful details, will entertain all ages.

Written by Eugene Trivizas
Published in 1997 by Aladdin

Recommendations/Awards: Grand Canyon Reader Award for Picture Book, Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Awards
Harriet Hunt
Jul 31, 2012 Harriet Hunt rated it really liked it
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is a modern adaptation of the classic Three Little Pigs story. This version tells the story of three little wolves who encounter an evil pig who is intent on destroying their homes. However, as much as the pig tries, his puff is not strong enough to blow down the wolves houses. The houses are made of brick, concrete, steel and flowers; so the pig adopts methods such as a bomb and a pneumatic drill to complete his mission.

This story is very entertainin
Oct 25, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
I have read multiple versions of The Three Little Pigs, but this book gave a whole new look at the fairytale. Instead of having the wolf go after the pigs this book actually has the pig go after the wolves. The story begins with three little wolves who lives their mom. One day the mom tells them its time for them to go out into the world and build their own house but warns them about this big bad pig. They first make the house out of brick but the big bad pig comes and not only does he huff and ...more
Jordan Santoro
Mar 25, 2012 Jordan Santoro rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite classic fairy tale spin-offs. Author, Eugene Trivizas, gives the original fairy tale , "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf" a whole new twist with this version of the well-known story. The two tales are quite similar and while they have some differences, they can be more easily compared than contrasted. The end pages are decorated with teapots and teacups (which the reader will find re related to the story and mentioned quite a few times). Helen Oxenbury illust ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
WOW! Who would have thought that wolves could be so sensitive. In this book the roles of the pig and wolves were reversed. The pig was bad and the wolves were the innocent ones. The wolves had built homes out of bricks, steel, bob wire, cement and other strong materials. The pig was able to destroy all of those houses with a jack hammer, dynamite and other explosive devises. This book was humorous to me. Wolves afraid of a pig who would have thought of that. It was not until the wolves built a h ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Darrielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alternative
Emmm, emmm, emmm these three little wolves started out with great home ideas. Not of straw, and not of sticks, instead they built homes from concrete and bricks. However, that was no match for the big bad pig. I myself wondered how the Big Bad Pig would get beyond the compound the Three Little Wolves created for themselves. Use this story book to show chow creative an author is allowed to get with his or her writing. This book may have just become one of my favorites because it was totally unpre ...more
Jonathan Ryal
Oct 09, 2012 Jonathan Ryal rated it really liked it
The three little wolves and the big bad pig is a great retelling of the original story. It falls second only to the true story of the three little pigs in my mind. This story takes us through in a unique twist by having there be a big bad pig as the villain. He is going around to three little wolves houses which also are a bit different. They are modernized and made out of high-tech materials and gadgets. This story brings a point of view that children of today can relate with and feel keeps cur ...more
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Mitel Patel
A brilliant book for KS1. It differs from the original story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big bad Wolf which is great as children can compare both books and do activities based on the story.

However, this story has a completely different ending which is great as it creates an atmosphere of happiness. The children can act out the two books or write their own ending to the book which they would thoroughly enjoy. They could also complete a writing task where they state which book they prefer an
Oct 13, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-childrens
Got this because always loved the original 3 little pigs story. This is a reverse version but cleverly done and happy ending. Cute version!
Jul 15, 2014 Marcie rated it really liked it
My girls love this book - I have read it three times in the last few days. The story is a fun twist on The Three Little Pigs, with the big bad pig finding creative ways to destroy the sturdy houses built by the three little wolves. My kids were a bit confused by some of the games the wolves play and by the building materials and destruction methods, but we spent a while discussing those things, which was a good educational opportunity. Perhaps this story would be more easily understood by Britis ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Carrie rated it it was amazing
What a twist to the story of The Three Little Pigs! I would have never thought one would switch the protagonist and antagonist of this classic story, but Eugene Trivizas did it with The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig! It was refreshing to read the Three Little Wolves defending themselves from the Big Bad Pig. I loved that they kept using different materials they got from different animals to build their new house. I found myself wondering what they could possibly use to build their next ...more
Laura (Amys)
Eugene has written a wonderful spin off of the traditional story of "The Three Little Pigs". The three little wolves are sent off to build a house of their own. They try the sturdiest of materials to try to keep out the big bad pig, but they continually fail to build a house that keeps the big bad pig out. It all changes when the flamingo with a wheelbarrow full of some sweetly scented supplies comes along.
This is a great story that can be used in the classroom for teaching a couple different c
Ivy Wesner
Trivizas, Eugene. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1993. 32 p. Gr. K-4.

The original tale of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf has a new twist! As the three cuddly little wolves are told by their mother that they need to venture out and live on their own, they are confronted by the big mean pig!! Together, the three little wolves begin building a home of their own. First, they tried to build a house made of bricks. But the big mean pig tore it down with a
Addie Lauver
Trivizas, E., Oxenbury, H. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1993. 32 pg. Gr. K-4
This is a comic fractured tale of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. In this story rather than there being a wolf that wants to eat three little pigs there is a pig that wants to eat three little wolves! They first built a house of bricks and the pig could not blow it down so he wrecked it with a sledge hammer. Then the wolves made a house with concrete mixer. The pig could n
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Eugene Trivizas (Greek: Ευγένιος Τριβιζάς ) has published many books on literature and he is one of Greece's leading writers for children . He has produced more than a hundred books of enduring popularity, all of them currently in print, that are enjoyed as much by grown ups as by children and he has received more than twenty national and international literary prizes and awards.

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