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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

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It was time for the three little wolves to go out into the world, so off they went and built themselves a splendid brick house. But they hadn't reckoned on the big bad pig who soon came along and knocked their house down.
The little wolves built a stronger house of concrete, in which they were sure to be safe. But that didn't stop the big bad pig, who made short work of it
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 30th 1993 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Beware of the Big Bad Pig, little wolves!

Once upon a time, I worked as a school librarian. Those were the days of fairy tales.

Whenever I tried to teach young readers in the library that all stories have different facets and perspectives, as well as interpretations, I would grab this wonderful fractured fairy tale and read it aloud to a group of kids, previously familiar with the original story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. They invariably expected to be asked to shout with me:

Charlotte Gray
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aisha Khan
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Claire Conlon
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
“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
Emma Walker
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dean Barber
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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
Alli Kaye
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kavitha Suhumar
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna Rothenhoefer
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2011 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
Ozan Yunus
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Coles
An interesting and different take on the traditional children's tale. I enjoyed reading this story and especially liked the way in which it included some modern and challenging vocabulary for children to soak up! The ending of the story is very sweet and adds a subtle moral in about finding friendship where you might not expect it.
Whilst I rate this story quite well, I would not recommend it before Reception age simply owing to its length.
Ashley Klausmeyer
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny book that is a sort of spin off from the traditional three little pigs and the big bad wolf. I think the kids would really enjoy this book because it is silly, and it is predictable so they can follow along easily. The illustrations in this book are beautifully detailed and really draw you in. This book will teach kids to be persistent. If you want something it is okay to fail, you just have to try again until you get it.
Harriet Hunt
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura (Book Scrounger)
I've probably totally messed up the traditional story of "The Three Little Pigs" for my kids by reading them this book, but they'll survive (though it's probably more fun to read this if you've already heard the original story).

This is a role-reversed but also slightly wry and over-the-top version of the story, but instead of straw and sticks, we start out with bricks and eventually move on to concrete with a video entrance phone, and instead of huffing and puffing, this big crazy pig has to res
Jordan Santoro
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan Ryal
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kelly Woodward
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this book has been lying around my house and I'm just getting to it now! I don't even remember where it came from -- a library book sale, probably -- but I'm so glad I picked it up. This is an adorable spin on the classic tale of the three little pigs. This time, the pig is the villain, and the wolves try many different building materials to keep him out. My four-year-old loves books with construction themes, so he was thrilled with this one! And I enjoyed the twist on the origin ...more
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
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
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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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