The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, Paperback

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig Paperback

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

4.5 out of 5 (11 ratings)


When it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware the big bad pig. But the little wolves' increasingly sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who has more up his sleeve than huffing and puffing. It takes a chance encounter with a flamingo pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers to provide a surprising and satisfying solution to the little wolves' housing crisis.

Eugene Trivizas's hilarious text and Helen Oxenbury's enchanting watercolors have made this delightfully skewed version of the traditional tale a contemporary classic.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
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  • Category: Animal stories
  • ISBN: 9780689815287


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This story takes the familiar tale of the Three Little Pigs and flips it upside-down. As the title suggests, the roles of good and evil are reversed. The plot is still basically the same, with a new twist on the end. One slight difference is that the building materials used by the wolves picks up where the Three Little Pigs left off. Instead of the progression from hay to sticks to bricks, the modernized wolves start with brick, then move on to concrete, armored plates, barbed wire, and padlocks. The Big Bad Pig has some new tools in his arsenal as well, including a sledgehammer, jack-hammer, and dynamite. In the end, it is the beauty of the natural world that makes the pig change his ways and become good. Overall, the book is a clever twist on an old classic, with themes of kindness and forgiveness throughout.

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This book is based on the traditional literature of the The three little pigs but the author has switched everything around where the pig is the villain and the wolves are the ones being bullied. I personally thought that the idea of the book and the switch was great but once I started reading I was less impressed. The story ended up being more different then what I thought it should be.I would use this book in my classroom in a literature lesson comparing the two books and writing out the differences together or in small groups. This book could also be a intro to a writing assignment where the students pick there favorite books and turn the villain in there story to the good guy and vice verse and then have them present them.

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What a captivating switch! Little long for a read aloud, but my first graders looked forward to the ending.

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I thought this was a really good book. I loved the twist the author put on the “original” Three Little Pigs. In this version, the characters are reversed. The “three cuddly little wolves” were sent out into the world, and had to build their own house. First they built a brick house, but the big bad pig came along and destroyed it with a sledgehammer. Then the wolves built–what they thought was —a stronger house out of concrete. The pig came along and destroyed that house with a “pneumatic drill.” Next, the three bad wolves made a house out of “barbed wire, iron bars, armor plates, and heavy metal padlocks.” So what did the big bad pig do? He blew it up with dynamite! The wolves had one last resort—their own creativity. They resorted to making a house out of flowers. When the pig “huffed and puffed” he inhaled the sweet aroma of the flowers and he became a good pig. And, of course, they became friends and “they all lived happily ever after.” I thought the word choice and items used to destroy each house were very sophisticated but also imaginative. My favorite part about this book was the creative ingenuity the author used to revamp the traditional tale. I thought the different activities the wolves took part in at each house were very interesting. At one point, they were playing “shuttlecock” and I’m not sure how many children would know what that is. I really liked the author’s creativity and it was shown throughout the book with descriptive language and engaging writing. The watercolor illustrations capture the character of the wolves and their adversary, the pig, and perfectly complemented the text of the story. The big idea of this story encompasses the importance of teamwork and with some creativity and perseverance, great obstacles can be overcome and differences can be resolved.

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Grade K-4Modern fantasyI enjoyed reading this book very much because it is absolutely hysterical. A modern and twisted version of the classic The Three Little Pigs. This allows the reader to see wolves in a new light than in the original. In the story the big bad pig tries huff and puff to blow the wolves house down but it never works. On the brick house the pig uses a sledgehammer, on the concrete house the pig uses a pneumatic drill, and on the steel house the pig resorts to dynamite. The last house that the wolves build in the story is a house of flowers. The house is so beautiful and fragrant that when the pig smells it it changes him and he decides to be good. The wolves and pig live happily ever after. Another aspect of this story that I love is the illustrations. The illustrations are done by Helen Oxenbury and are beautiful as well as extremely comical. The book would not have the same effect without them. One of the themes throughout this book is unlikely victims. From prior knowledge you would not expect three wolves to fall victim to one pig, but it also emits the idea that anyone can be bullied. Another theme of the story is peace because of the ending. Not only do the three little wolves end up happy and safe but the pig gets a real chance at happiness as well.

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