Parents' Guide to

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Delightful story is a surefire attention-grabber.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Good For children of all ages...

Teaches children the concept that there are more than one side to every story. Each indivudal may have seen it another way.
age 3+

wonderful book and great illustrations,excellent for all ages

clever, oh so very clever. a funny twist to the famous fairy tale comes off very well

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This send-up of the well-known story makes fun of the tendency to clean up classic fairy tales to suit modern tastes, and the book is a good introduction to the playfulness of parody. It also alludes to how a seemingly carefree laugh-along can coexist with deeper ideas. The wolf's wisecracking set off gales of laughter from a library full of 6-year-olds, but there's also a life lesson being taught: Namely, don't be so quick to judge behavior.

Writer Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith might well have been separated at birth, so perfectly do they fill any holes that may be missing from either text or artwork. Scieszka's verbal pizzazz, combined with Smith's expressionist paintings, leave no gaps to be filled.

Book Details

  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • Illustrator: Lane Smith
  • Genre: Fairy Tale
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1996
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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