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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
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Mar 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: animal-picture-book, fairytale, fiction, picture-book

David Wiesner’s Caldecott winning version of the Three Pigs tale is a fractured fairy tale that breaks the fourth wall in spectacular fashion. The story begins with the familiar: the wolf blowing down the straw and stick houses—but this wolf scratches his head, because although the text says he ate the pigs, the pigs were actually blown straight off the page! These two lucky pigs visit the third pig, and show him how they've stepped out of their unhappy fates. The three fly off on a paper airplane made of the book pages and explore different stories. They come across a familiar nursery rhyme--"Hey Diddle Diddle"--and the Cat with the Fiddle follows them to a fairy tale where a dragon is about to be slain. In a hilarious twist on the damsel in distress, the dragon thanks the “brave and noble swine.”
Wiesner's has painted his porcine heroes with incredible detail, down to the bristly hairs on their chinny-chin chins. This avant-garde tale is not for the preschool set, but elementary school age children should appreciate it and be inspired to create their own alternate endings to well-known tales.

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