Reviews for Three Little Cajun Pigs

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
In this familiar story set in the "south Loo-siana" bayou, the pigs confront an alligator instead of a wolf. Harris's cartoonish watercolor illustrations deftly capture the story's motion (one well-chosen double-page spread is set vertically, humorously forcing readers to turn the book). But the wordy rhyming text in Cajun dialect gets bogged down. Glos. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2006 September #1
The team behind the award-winning Petite-Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (2001) now turns their talents to the story of the three little pigs. Harris's playful and detailed watercolor and pencil illustrations heighten the quirky humor of Artell's rhyming verse, which is characterized by heavy, but accessible, Cajun dialect. The pigs, Trosclair, Thibodeaux and Ulysse, no sooner build their respective houses of straw, sticks and brick then they are set upon by Ol' Claude, the gator who "hiss and puff and he make his face frown, / He wiggle a little and turn hisself roun'." With mighty swipes, Claude demolishes the first two homes with his tail, but when he squeezes down the chimney of the brick house, he is stymied by a roux bubbling beneath him. Figuring the alligator has learned his lesson, the pigs finally cover the pot, allowing Claude to escape. This retelling of the traditional story is Cajun both in language and lesson. Emphasizing devotion to family and extending others the benefit of the doubt, it also conveys the very Cajun notion that there are few situations that cannot be improved with a big pot of gumbo among friends. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 December

K-Gr 3 A hilarious version of the familiar tale. The pigs are named Trosclair, Thibodeaux, and Ulysse (also know as Boo), and their antagonist is Ol’ Claude, the alligator of Petite Rouge infamy (Dial, 2001), who finishes off the straw and stick houses with a flap of his tail: “'Oh piggy,’ say Claude with dat big gator smile,/'Could I come inside of you house for a while?’/Dat’s when Trosclair shout, 'No! I won’t let you in;/Not by all dem hairs dat I got on my chin.’” The gator is let off easy at the end: he is nursing a burnt tail from an encounter with Ulysse’s “roux,” but is rescued by the pigs from becoming gumbo. Harris’s amusing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations mirror the text with lan; they are full of funny details that beg to be looked at again and again (the little mouse is also back). Front matter includes a glossary of some Cajun words and a note about the rhyme scheme that facilitates reading the story aloud. Although Cajun variations on folktales are becoming plentiful, this one should not be missed. Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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