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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  145,040 Ratings  ·  2,641 Reviews
You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.
In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Puffin Books (first published October 1989)
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“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
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
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
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I remember being introduced to this book when I was in 7th grade by my civics teacher. She is a lawyer and during that period she wanted to showcase what lawyers do in the courtroom and the jargon terms they use when they prosecute and defend their client. She used this book as the basis and had students play the characters and I was the jury member.

While the students were epic failures in dealing with the court case I treasured this
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember the librarian at my elementary school reading this to my class not once, not twice, but three times when I was a little girl. It was one of the more popular stories/fairy tale adaptations in our library, "The Three Little Pigs" told from the wolf's perspective. I still remember there was one boy in my class who said at the end of the story "He's totally lying." I think we were all inclined to agree.

It was a fun read, I haven't read it in quite some time, but I still remember it fondly
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Anna by: goodreads quote of the day
the wolf -- Al, to be exact -- tells his side of the story!

(for some reason I kept hearing the voice of Jon Lovitz as I was reading ...)

**25th anniversary edition
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Snarky and cute! The classic tale told from the wolf's point of view :)

“Nobody knows the real story, because nobody every heard my side of the story.”

“I don’t know how this ‘big bad wolf’ thing got started, but it’s all wrong. Maybe it’s our diet. It’s not my fault wolves eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pigs.”

“I had this terrible sneezing cold…”

“Now this neighbor was a pig, and he wasn’t too bright either… I mean, who in his right mind builds a house out of st
Sheena O'connell
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Alexandra Kelley
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I completely forgot about this book. I was looking for some books and stumbled upon this. This was one of my favorite tales growing up. It's comical and tells the story from the wolf's perspective. Scieszka and his illustrator did a very good job telling the story in a way that no one has ever read before. The original "Three Little Pigs" story depicts the wolf as being big and bad, but in this version, the wolf defends himself by telling it in his point of view.

This story was one of my favorit
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
There are always two sides to every story and now we get the wolfs version of this story. Really the wolf was just completely misunderstood and wanted a cup of sugar, but things went wrong due to his allergies and sneezing problem.

A fun twist on a very well known story.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Ha! in your face wolf!
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it
I remember reading this years ago when it first came out, and I thought it was really cute.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These books that turn fairy tales on their heads are always so funny, and it really takes you back to your childhood as well.
Kathleen Nightingale
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful read for all ages. Thoroughly enjoyed it!!!!!
Viviane Elbee
This book is really quite funny. The kids thought it was brilliant.
Amanda Hamilton
Mar 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Taneysha forsyth
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jon Scieszka

This book is one of the stories of the three little pigs.There is on powerful method the au
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Amber M
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fab-40-file
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
Katelyn Lopez
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
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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
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