Free Friday: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka

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Cover illustration

Cover illustration

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is a great example of a fractured fairytale, a classic story that’s been modified to have a new twist. This book definitely requires knowledge of the original fable, but as long as the reader has a basic understanding, they’re sure to enjoy this original take!

The writing is clever and very witty. We see a comical side to the wolf, who as it turns out, wasn’t out looking for a ham dinner. Instead he just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his grandmother’s birthday! He kindly asks his neighbors, the three pigs, to borrow sugar and is met by rude responses by all three! That, coupled with unfortunate circumstances and an empty belly, lead to the wolf enjoy his 2-course boar smorgasbord. Despite eating two pigs, by the end of the story, many readers actually will feel sympathetic towards the wolf!

The illustrations are very well done and greatly add to the book. While on the macabre side, children are sure to find them amusing. Younger children who are sensitive may find certain illustrations (particularly when the pigs get eaten) a bit frightening, but for most readers Sciezka’s comical explanation of the food chain will brush their fears to the side.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is a classic for children and adults. It’s humorous on multiple levels that will keep parents and children engaged, and features very clever wit. Children of all ages will love reading a familiar story from a new perspective!

A very full wolf!

A very full wolf!

Sara Darbar

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