Reviews for Three Horrid Little Pigs

Booklist Reviews 2008 October #1
This fractured take on the Three Little Pigs is infused with humor and lessons about community and compassion. Fed up with their mischief and messes, Mother Pig sends her three horrid little sons out into the world to make their own homes. The clueless pigs try to construct houses with materials pilfered from other animals: twigs from a bird family's nest, straw from cows, even a whole chicken coop. A passing wolf, with tool belt and hardhat, tries to assist the brothers, but the pigs refuse. Soon, their shoddily built structures fall apart, and they find themselves homeless. They scheme to take over the wolf's cozy brick abode, but then they can't resist the wolf's offer of soup. Eventually, the genuinely kind wolf teaches the pigs the construction skills that they need to make solid homes of their own. The lively narrative, printed in playfully arranged text of varying size, is well suited for spirited read-alouds, as are the colorful illustrations that add to the hilarity with expressive characters. Children will enjoy the clever twist on a familiar story. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October

PreS-Gr 2-- If you think you can't jam another twist on a classic tale into your collection, think again. Three pesky porcine protagonists are so bad that their mother kicks them out of the house. They are so lazy that they merely pile up sticks and straw for houses and one takes over a henhouse. The wolf is portrayed as a helpful handyman who offers to shore up their shoddy construction but is rebuffed each time. Rendered homeless by straw-eating cows, nesting birds who need sticks, and a pecking rooster who reclaims the henhouse, the homeless pigs get ready to head for the kindly wolf's abode. When he hears the pigs on the roof, he prepares a "big pot of boiling…soup" and invites them in. The tale ends with everyone living together happily ever after. The full-color cartoon illustrations capture the pigs' bad behavior and comeuppance with a goofy exuberance. The font size shrinks and enlarges to mirror the action and the text works as a fun read-aloud as well as a read-alone.--Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

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