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The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs

"So you think you know the story of the three pigs by heart already? Think again. David Wiesner’s three pigs build their houses of straw, sticks, and bricks, but when the wolf comes to blow their houses in, he blows each of the pigs right out of the story instead. Suddenly, these three pigs get the chance to create their own story, traveling backstage through a world of picture books and picking up a few new friends along the way. By the time they put the final sentence in place, the pigs have ensured that they will indeed live happily ever after."

Dana C.

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Author David Wiesner
Publisher Clarion Books
Publication Date 2001-04-23
Section Children's (4 - 7) / All Staff Suggestions / Suggestions for Kids / Dana C.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780618007011

This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf"s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday"s frogs and Sector 7"s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.

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