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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  174,639 ratings  ·  3,567 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.”
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Puffin Books (first published October 1989)
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Ellen Deckinga Check out the text. Alexander Wolf tells you why he ate the pigs right after discovering the first one, "dead as a door nail".…moreCheck out the text. Alexander Wolf tells you why he ate the pigs right after discovering the first one, "dead as a door nail".(less)
Ellen Deckinga I'm almost 4 times as old as you and I LOVE this book. One of my favorites!
If you haven't already, make sure to check out Stinky Cheese Man. Another great one!

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Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is maybe the BEST 3 Little Pigs story out there.
My daughter saw this on our bookshelf the other day and freaked out (she's 9, so cut her some slack) because she didn't realize we owned it. In her defense, it's a skinny little paperback that had probably been lost between 3 bjillion other skinny little paperbacks on the shelves.
Point is, it's an AWESOME story and since I bought it, that made me AWESOME by default.
Mom Logic. Don't argue.


In this version, Alexander T. Wolf tells his side of th
For the most part, stories take the hero's point of view. This may seem obvious, we are after all supposed to follow them along their tale… and in most cases we are supposed to sympathize with them. What of the villain's though? Does one need to have "sympathy for the devil" as the Rolling Stones might have said. What of their tales? What, for example, is the Big Bad Wolf's take on those damnable pigs?

This was my favorite picture book when I was a kid. While checking out a used bookstore today I

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs became one of the most popular books in 1989, earning awards, like the New York Times Best Illustrated book. It's also notably popular for its humor. This book, in particular, is narrated by The Big Bad Wolf and he tries to explain to the reader his side of the story as to what happened when he met the three little pigs. This book is really funny and cute and I really enjoyed it a lot. It's one of the best books I ever read as a kid and let's f

“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 t
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
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jon Scieszka is absolutely hilarious. If you want to know what really went down with the big, bad wolf and the three little pigs, you should certainly check this out. Make sure and read it to your children too. After all, that's who it was written for. They'll get a kick out of it too (as will adults!).

Also, for those of you who don't like to read, there's a 10 min cartoon narrated by Paul Giamatti floating around. I found it on Hoopla.
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, children
I am framed by the media. WITCH HUNT! Fake news!

Ignore the destroyed houses, my bulging stomach and my raging. Taken out of context. SAD!
To check out my reviews:

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
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a hilarious children's classic. I remember it being one of my introductions to the fact that there are other sides, other perspectives in fairy tales. Even at my age now on old almost 33, it was a fun read. ...more
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
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
Just as delightful as I remember it being. Lane Smith's illustrations really make the story, but I loved the creativity on the author's part as the Big Bad Wolf tells the 3 Little Pigs story from his POV. Hilarious take on the classic story. ...more
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
Chris Ward
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While every child has heard the tale of the Three Little Pigs. Very few have heard the story from the point of view of the poor, germ afflicted, Alexander Wolf
Reading this traditional tale from the point of view of the usual 'baddie,' was very amusing. Particularly, the clever way in which A. Wolf's legendary catchphrase, 'i'll huff and i'll puff,' is twisted into the accidental huffing, snuffing and sneezing of houses down.
From a teaching perspective, this book has a number of possible idea
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
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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
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
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, kid, humor, 1980s
Having a first grade teacher as significant other, I've heard some delightful stories. Here's an allegedly true tale copied from the internet.

"One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to accumulate the building materials for his home. She read, 'And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said, 'Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) 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.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was supposed to laugh at this, but groaned and rolled eyes at it instead. I found the twist more childish and contrived than hilarious, though the art was lovely.
bella :)
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I love this book, especially since I had to be the lawyer of the wolf in civics class back in 7th grade, we won. I got the wolf off from his charges because the witnesses were incompetent and unreliable. This is the other side of the story of the 3 Little Pigs. The drawings and story is hilarious.
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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. He

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