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The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  761 ratings  ·  137 reviews
A hilarious retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with foil on the cover!

"Little fish, little fish, let me come in.""Not by the skin of my finny fin fin!""Then I'll munch, and I'll crunch, and I'll smash your house in!"Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Cartwheel Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Children's retelling and re-imagining of the classic Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. I loved reading this with my grandson. We had recently been reading the Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad Wolf and this fit perfectly into our story time.
Hard board book was perfect for reading for infant/toddler, cute re-imagination of this classic story that will be sure to become a favorite of many children and adults alike. Clever poetry, fun and brightly illustrated, loved this!
Sure to become a ch
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's difficult to tell who likes this re-telling of the "Three Little..." story more -- the child, the story time performer, or the parents! It is so much fun to act out -- arms and hands clapping together as shark jaws, chanting "Little FISH, Little Fish, let me come in" with the response, "Not by the skin of my finny fin fin!"

If using this in a pre-school library story time, when the story is finished and lead everyone in the "Shamu Shimmy". (to the tune HOKEY POKEY)...
You put your right fin
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-alena
This was the favorite of the books I read to Alena today. I like how it's just like the story of the three little pigs though adapted nicely to be about the three little fish. It was fun to use different voices while reading this book just as I would have for a three little pigs story. ...more
This has to be my all-time favorite read-aloud for this summer's reading theme! I took this book along to my outreach visits to the preschools this year and had such a good time with the "three little pigs and the big bad wolf" concept but with fish and a shark instead. The kids were REALLY into the over-exaggeration of "then along came the BIG...BAD...SHARK!" The houses made of seaweed, sand and eventually a ship let the kids have an opportunity to say whether or not the fish made a wise choice ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009, children
This is a bold and colorful rendition of the classic Three Little Pigs tale set with fish as the main characters, instead of course, piggies. The illustrations bring a lot of whimsy to this well known adventure and will be especially enjoyed by fans of cute fish tales.
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Isabella: This book is good because if you were a fish chased by a shark, you would read this book with your fins. You would be glad to have your fin...gers to read your fish book. (Yes Grandpa SHE made this pun all by herself!
Cute re-telling of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. The artwork is busy but the story works. I read it with my class of one and two year olds and it held their attention.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very cute rendition with fish of the Three Little Pigs. Ending is a hoot!
Olive's opinion: Loves it.

Carrie's opinion. Stupid, lazy retelling of Three Little Pigs and has several plot holes. There is nothing ever mentioned about the laziness/quick fix factor of building with straw and sticks vs. brick, which makes the story feel pretty pointless. It's just these 3 little fish built 3 different houses and one of them happened to be a boat so it was stronger. It feels so random. Then all the shark's teeth fall out, and the context suggests this is because he was trying
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have given this 4 stars except the ending was a bit problematic for me. Why, for instance, could the shark now chomp through the wooden boat? It seems that, realistically, this is something a shark could totally do. Maybe I'm wrong. I don't think kids will think that, though and will enjoy it. I liked how all his teeth fell out doing it, but felt that it was a bit abrupt and didn't flow as well as the rest of the story. Funny to see a shark eating a "salad." ...more
An undersea twist on the classic the three little pigs. This fractured fairy tale has Jim, Tim and Kim leaving their mother's house to live on their own. As each one builds their house a big bad shark comes along and munches and crunches up Jim's house made of seaweed and Tim's house made of sand, but when he attempts to do the same to Kim's house located in an old wooded ship, the shark is in for a surprise. ...more
Cindy Petzoldt
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A whimsical follow-up to any version of the Three Little Pigs, this Ken Geist story matched with huge, inventive illustrations by Julia Gorton is just plain F-U-N. Young children will joyfully crunch and munch along with the shark and shake their heads and index fingers at him as they reply, “Not by the skin of my finny fin fin.” Get a copy and read it with the young children in your life — it’s finny fin fun.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of young kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Junior Library Guild
I have used this book the past two years for my Kindergarten library lesson about retelling. It's an easy book to begin retelling lessons with since the story is already pretty familiar. It's a terrific retelling because what kid doesn't love books featuring sharks? Plus, we all get to cheer when the little guys win. ...more
Olivia Gasca
I really loved reading this book because the three little pigs was one of my favorite stories as a kid. It was interesting to hear this story written in a new and exciting way under the sea. This book was hilarious and included many jokes that kids would find funny. The illustrations are so much fun and will grab the attention of any kid.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like the story of the three little pigs, you'll love this version! Three little fish set out into the world to seek their fortunes only to be faced with a terrible shark. The outcome is rather funny. ...more
This is a great innovation on the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. It can also be used in Primary classrooms as a book related to the short /i/ phonics. Attractive illustrations. It will be a great addition to my sea-themed classroom.
Sydney M
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
This book resembles the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. But the fist fish made his house out of seaweed. The second made his house out of sand and the third made hers out of a wooden ship.
Gabrielle Stoller
This is a very cute retelling of the three little pigs (as you might imagine by the title.) And it worked super well in storytime. However, my older readers pointed out discrepancies in it (like sand not having a door or seaweed being tough to work with.)
"Not by the skin of my finny fin fin." ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This rendition of the Three Little Pigs is very relatable to the board-book reading age group. It's colorful with fun fonts and easy to follow along with. ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny take on the familiar story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Rather enjoyable.
Rachel Librarian
One of my favorite Storytime books! This is a retelling of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.
Brooke Kruger
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
The wording was awkward in places. I get using a variety of vocabulary to help children grow & understand new words - but this felt forced.
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
As advertised.
Lindsay Ross
A hidden "violent" ending.
If the shark lost all his teeth, he wouldn't be enjoying a hearty bowl of seaweed. He would be dead. From starvation.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a spin-off of the three little pigs. This time it is a shark and three little fish. Super cute!
The Three Little Pigs - Ocean style! So much fun and so many engagement opportunities for the kids. A great read aloud for my preschool story time!
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute. Used for shark themed storytime!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes, this was good.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great for SH sound
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