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The three little pigs and the somewhat bad wolf
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2013
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  Booklist Review

This fractured version of the familiar nursery tale opens with a farmer and his wife selling their farm, paying their three pigs for their good work, and sending them off into the world. While the first two pigs build cheap houses of straw and sticks, the third builds herself a brick house. Huffing and puffing, a hungry wolf comes by and blows down the first two homes, but he hyperventilates and passes out at the third. The three pigs revive him, feed him, and take in their now-amiable adversary. Trading in the original story's sense of justice for the notion that villainy can be cured by a good meal seems a bit off-track, even for a fractured tale. Still, children will enjoy the humor here, including the wolf's bemused I can't believe that worked! after he blows the straw house down. Animated with drama and deadpan wit, Teague's large-scale oil paintings show up very well from a distance, making this a good story-hour choice.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The classic fairy tale gets an update with a subtle message about healthy eating and a happy ending for a hungry wolf. When the owner of the farm decides to sell and move to Florida, he gives his three (anthropomorphized) pigs their pay and sends them on their way. The junk-foodloving brothers listen to their sister and reluctantly agree to buy building materials with their moneybut straw and sticks are so cheap they have enough left for potato chips and "sody-pop." Meanwhile, the sister works on her brick house and healthy garden. When a hungry wolf comes to town and is rebuffed at all its eating establishments, he takes his anger out on the brothers, who smell deliciously like pig and whose houses don't stand a chance. But all his huffing and puffing at the sister's house, combined with his hunger, makes him pass out. In an ending that may remind readers of Gail Carson Levine's Betsy Who Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash (2002), the pigs revive, feed and befriend him. Teague's oil paintings are marvelously detailed and brightly colored. His pigs are full of personality, and their human traits and accessories are sure to delight. A fine addition to the fractured-fairy-tale shelf, though it does lack that certain something that made Eugene Trivizas' The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (1993), such a standout. (Picture book. 3-7)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Three little pigs, a somewhat bad wolf, sody-pop, chips, hay, mortar, bricks, and some huffing and puffing!<br> <br> Award-winning author and illustrator Mark Teague tells his humorous version of "The Three Little Pigs" with a zany twist!<br> <br> Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. It comes as no surprise that a wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs' houses. When the wolf can't blow down the third pig's brick house, everyone comes together and the fun begins. The first two pigs give him potato chips and sody-pop, and the third pig makes everyone a healthy meal. Since only one pig has a house left, the other two pigs and the wolf move in with her. The somewhat bad wolf is no longer hungry.
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