The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner

Hardcover(Reinforced Binding)

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This Caldecott Medal-winning 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618007011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Series: Edition 001 Series
Edition description: Reinforced Binding
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 271,270
Product dimensions: 11.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

David Wiesner is internationally renowned for his visual storytelling and has won the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam—the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of three Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr. Wuffles. He lives near Philadelphia with his family. 


Outside Philadelphia, P.A.

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1956

Place of Birth:

Bridgewater, NJ


Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.

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From the Publisher

Wiesner has created a funny, wildly imaginative tale that encourages readers to leap beyond the familiar; to think critically about conventional stories and illustration, and perhaps, to flex their imaginations and create wonderfully subversive versions of their own stories.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Children will delight in the changing perspectives...and the whole notion of the interrupted narrative...fresh and funny...Witty dialogue and physical comedy abound in this inspired retelling of a familiar favorite.
School Library Journal, Starred

As readers have come to expect from the inventive works of Wiesner, nothing is ever quite as it seems in his picture books. This version of the pigs' tale starts off traditionally enough—warm, inviting watercolor panels show in succession the tiny houses, their owner-builders and their toothy visitor. But when the wolf begins to huff and puff, he blows the pigs right out of the illustrations. Though Wiesner briefly touched on this theme in his Free Fall (fans may note a strong resemblence between the dragon in that volume and the one featured in these pages), he takes the idea of 3-D characters operating independently of their storybooks to a new level here. The three pigs land in the margins, which open out onto a postmodern landscape hung with reams of pages made for climbing on, crawling under and folding up for paper airplane travel. Together the pigs visit a book of nursery rhymes and save the aforementioned dragon from death at the hands of the knight. When they get the dragon home, he returns their kindness by scaring the wolf off permenantly.
Even the book's younger readers will understand the distinctive visual code. As the pigs enter the confines of a storybook page, they conform to that book's illustrative style, appearing as nursery-rhyme friezes or comic-book line drawings. When the pigs emerge from the storybook pages into the meta-landscape they appear photographically clear and crisp, with shadows and three dimensions. Wiesner's (Tuesday) brillant use of white space and perspective (as the pigs fly to the upper right-hand corner of a spread on their makeshift plane, or as one pig's snout dominates a full page) evokes a feeling that the characters can navigate endless possibilities—and that the range of story itself is limitless.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

With this inventive retelling, Caldecott Medalist Wiesner (Tuesday, 1991) plays with literary conventions in a manner not seen since Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1993). The story begins with a traditional approach in both language and illustrations, but when the wolf huffs and puffs, he not only blows down the pigs' wood and straw houses, but also blows the pigs right out of the story and into a parallel story structure. The three pigs (illustrated in their new world in a more three-dimensional style and with speech balloons) take off on a postmodern adventure via a paper airplane folded from the discarded pages of the traditional tale. They sail through several spreads of white space and crash-land in a surreal world of picture-book pages, where they befriend the cat from "Hey Diddle Diddle" and a charming dragon that needs to escape with his cherished golden rose from a pursuing prince. The pigs, car and dragon pick up the pages of the original story and return to that flat, conventional world, concluding with a satisfying bowl of dragon-breath-broiled soup in their safe, sturdy brick house. The pigs have braved the new world and returned with their treasure: the cat for company and fiddle music, the dragon's golden rose for beauty, and the dragon himself for warmth and protection from the wolf, who is glimpsed through the window, sitting powerlessly in the distance. On the last few pages, the final wqords of the text break apart, sending letters drifting down into the illustrations to show us that once we have ventured out into the wider worl, out stories never stay the same.
Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

David Wiesner's postmodern interpretation of this tale plays imaginatively with traditional picture book and story conventions and with readers' expectations of both. . . .Wiesner explores the possibilty of different realities within a book's pages. . . . Wiesner may not be the first to thumb his nose at picture-book design rules and storytelling techniques, but he puts his own distinct print on this ambitious endeavor. There are lots of teaching opportunities to be mined here—or you can just dig into the creative possibilities of unconventionality.
Horn Book

null Children's Books: 100 Titles NYPL

Artwork explodes off the page and the layout pushes bookmaking convention as the porcine siblings and their pals explore new literary territory.
SLJ Best Books of the Year

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The Three Pigs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
ReplayGuy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Wiesner's award winners and deservedly so, due to excellent images and a compelling story. This is Wiesner's take on the classic tale that has a different ending. There are also glimpses into other Fairy Tales throughout the book. Kids will love the unexpected ending and story that takes a different direction.
Jonathan_Walker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner is a fictional children¿s picture book that is similar to the children¿s story The Three Little Pigs. Both stories start the same way, all three pigs build different houses to live in and the wolf threatens to blow each of them done. However, instead of each pig running to the other pig¿s house, they each escape through the white spaces on the page. The major difference is that the pigs travel through other children¿s stories to escape the wolf. I, personally, did not like the new changes to the storyline. The Three Little Pigs was my favorite story when I was a kid and it is the first book that I learned to read. However, the new changes to add a little more creativity to the original story, and can allow children to use their imagination more after the read the story because they can imagine what other stories they can combined together.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the Caldecott and Newbery awards - they generally steer me in the direction of quality books ... just like The Three Pigs. The story deconstructs the original fable in a delightfully fun story. It begins as always: the three pigs build three houses, and the Big Bad Wolf comes along to huff, and puff, and blow the house down. This time, though, the wolf puffs the pig right out of his story. Shocked at his unexpected salvation, the pig follows along with his story and arrives just in time to rescue his brother from the wolf. The two pigs track down their final sibling, and decide to stroll around and peek in other books, which are all represented by corridors of illustrated pages that belong to different stories. They pop in to the Hey Fiddle Fiddle rhyme, and the curious cat follows them out, and then the whole gang scoots over to a fairy tale - fortunately for the dragon, who is spared the knight's sword. Now that their party is enlarged by a huge toothsome beast that breathes fire, they deem it safe to return to their comfortable house (the last one standing) and the big bad wolf decides that a dragon is a bit much to chew. That may be the whole story in a nutshell, but it does not convey the spirit of the book. Wiesner is known for his lavish illustrations, and his skill in this book shines. The story starts out in pictures that resemble old picture books of fairy tales. Once the pig is blown out, though, the art is apparently rendered via computer graphics - it has that densely realistic texture to it. When they visit the nursery rhyme, all the characters, pigs included, take on the look of a pastel painting appropriate for the cow jumping over the moon. And when the join the dragon's story, all turn to black-and-white. I love the use of illustration here! It's not just the colors that change, it's the whole style of illustration, the medium used, that changes for each story. I wish I were an artist to have the terminology to explain it. The effect is incredible.Also, the way Wiesner plays with the fourth wall is a lot of fun. This idea that storybook characters can exit their story. Where is that blank white area that they find? What is this intriguing corridor of stories. At one point, a pig is illustrated looking straight at the reader and remarks that he thinks someone is out there. That's great. The book presents the dynamic relationship between reader and story in a visually compelling format, and is a fun story, besides. Deserving of the award, and multiple reads.
lvelazqu2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very simple picture book text and what could be engaging for students is its familiarity. The teacher must be very creative and purposeful in designating or using this book by developing instruction and activities that extend the pattern and style of the classic story and include relevant discussion. Students reading it on its own without instruction and purpose might lose interest.
jesanu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The classic tale of the three pigs takes an interesting twist as the pigs escape from the story into a land of fairy tales. They return home with some new friends to again thwart the big, bad wolf. Wiesner uses surrealism to illustrate this twisted tale. The characters literally jump out of the book and the reader is made an active participant in the pigs¿ adventures. Wiesner literally takes a page of out the book. Particularly clever is the inclusion of illustrations from Wiesner¿s other books (Free Fall, and the perhaps the flying pigs from Tuesday).
RobertaRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story was interesting because I thought it was just going to be the same old three little pigs like I have read as a child. This book is a great modern twist to the story. In this story instead of the pig running to his brothers house when the big bad wolf came to blow his house down, the pig would leave the whole page out of the book. Eventually all three pigs were off the pages and they went to walk around and they found different stories that they wanted to check out and in the end they invited their new friends over to the brick house and hyad dinner.I enjoyed this book the second time I read it. I got confused the first time becasue of how the pigs would leave the page and it would keep that page on the page I was reading so I did not know what I was supposed to read and what did not mean anything. Sorry if that does bnot make sense.I would have this story in my classroom in the library. If I was teaching an older class I would read this story aloud to thme butI think it would be to complictated for younger students. I would also use this story if I was doing fairytales, pigs, or even wolves.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is basically a spin off of the traditional story of the three little pigs. This book however, may confuse some children at first because the pigs begin to jump into other folktale stories then eventually come back to the original story but with more action and fun.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Starts as a seemly traditional version of The Three pigs but then chaos breaks out as the pigs sail out of one book and itno others. Fascinating pictures and story line. Wiesner is an amazing illustrator.
dknapp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a spin off the old tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. The story starts off the same but soon the pigs are jumping off the pages and on to other story book pages. The leave the big bad wolf and meet up with the cat and the fiddle. Soon, they are off again to save a dragon. The pigs and the dragon head home to the third little pig's brick house. When the big bad wolf shows up to blow the house down, he is in for a big suprise. And of course, they all live happily ever after.This book was a Caldecott Medal winner and has very interesting pictures. The front of the book is beautiful and the story inside is very entertaining. Taking the old traditional fantasy and putting a modern spin on it will make it appealing to the a whole new generation of readers.This book could be used in several ways in the classroom. We could do a lesson on beast tales or a unit on wolves. This is not really a good book to read aloud as the pigs have several speaking parts that are seperate from the overall story and it just does not flow well in that aspect.
BBallard09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The three little pigs is the traditional story how three brothers build a three houses, one of which is a straw house, stick house, and a house made of bricks. These 3 pigs are determined to keep that big bad wolf from huffing, and puffing, and blowing their house in. The difference in this story is not only does he blow their houses in but he also manages to blow the 3 little pigs right off the page into their own little adventure.I loved seeing the twist that this story offered from traditional tale into a newly remade story. I am going to have to buy this story to add to my library when I become a teacher. Very cute illustrations.One activity I would have the children do is make puppets of the three little pigs and the wolf, and have them act out the story as a puppet show. Also the teacher and student could look at other ways to rewrite or add to the stories that were once traditional. This would help promote writing skills as well as literacy
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another beautifully illustrated Wiesner classic. This one is a sort of metafictive take on the three pigs fairy tale. In Wiesner's version, the pigs come off of their two-dimensional pages and take control of their own story, ha ha. It's really visually engaging to see the transformation of the pigs from a sort of folk-art /flat style illustration into full-bodied animals complete with rippling rolls of fat and little hairs. Very cute and not gimmicky.
breezelindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Pigs, we all know the traditional story. The pigs built thier house of straw, sticks, and bricks. I promise we all do NOT know this version of the three pigs.The end of the book the wolf get a surpise unlike no other.This is an humorous spinn of a traditional Chidren's Literature. The pigs jump from thier story to other stories.This tale is a crowd pleaser. I read the story out loud to a first grade class they laughed. I had a very positive response from the class. They asked me to read another book! As an classroom exercise1 The class can create thier own version to thier favorite book.2. I can ask reading comprehension questions( the story maybe hard to follow for some students).For fun, I can create a game of it and the student who answer the most questions correctly win a prize.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an inventive take on the classic ¿three little pigs¿ story. Mid-way through the book, the three little pigs decide to start exploring other texts and meet some new friends along the way, who they take back to live with them in the third little pig¿s strong brick house. I found the book amusing, although a bit hard to read aloud for story time, so I¿d recommend this book more for children to read on their own.
EmilyWilhite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review: This book is a good example of a fairytale because the story is set up so that the reader can withhold skepticism and enjoy the fantasy world that the author has created. The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.Level: Primary, Intermediate
irisdovie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was quite interesting in that the characters spoke to the reader and came out of the stories. The pages of the three pigs story were turned into paper planes, etc. I would use this story to illustrate the idea of postmodernism to adults, as in a library science classroom setting.
mwflood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a postmodern picture book and knowing it was a postmodern book. It was really creative and I felt more a part of the story as the characters literally jumped off the pages within the page.Great storytime book in a library setting for grade school children.
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful retelling of a classical tale that is loved by all children. In this version, the three pigs step outside of the traditional story and make paper airplanes out of the pages of the book. They hop aboard and fly into other well known fairy tales. As the story comes to a close, the pigs go back home just in time for the wolf to try to blow down the brick house. Not only can he not blow it down, he is scared away by the dragon that the pigs brought home. I thought this version of the story was very amusing. David Wiesner did a wonderful job telling most of the story with pictures alone and bubble text.I think this would be good to use in the room to talk about different fairly tales and how they can intertwine. I would then have my kids start with their favorite fairy tale and blend in one to two other fairy tales with it.
kwiens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful illustration of the Three Pigs. With brilliant use of white space, David Wiesner has deconstructed the picture book and created his own visual narrative. There is flow of humor and imagination and presents concerns for relationships for children. I have always loved this story. I read it to a pre-k DD class last year so many times that they started calling it the ¿Blow your house down book!¿ Its so wonderful how this story is still popular amongst the children. I would introduce this book to a typical class with the intent to learn about family. I might use the understanding of what is weak and strong for a science input on materials. You could do this book around Halloween and thanksgiving when hay becomes readily available.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book begins as the story of the three little pigs, but before long the pigs have decided they want to be change the story around a bit. Through their travels, the pigs enter nursery rhymes and other tales, liberating other characters as they go. After awhile the three pigs decide to return to their original story, but they still refuse to follow the instructions of the text. The wolf may still be waiting for them, but he cannot defeat their new friend the dragon.I love the artwork in this book and the idea of the story but it is hard to read. My pre-k students don't get the joke of it, but they love thumbing through the book making up their own stories.
KenBlasters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And old story remade with a different ending. Nothing super amazing about the book though.
sbuckner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Pigs is an interesting take on the fairy tale version. This book incorporates many other different fairy tales into one. It's funny, gets the kids involved, has all the classic fairy tales rolled into one and is an easy read! As a future teacher this book is good for my personal library. Ages k-3.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Little Pigs leave the page and set off for adventure in an alternate universe story book land. David Wiesner's Caldecott-winning illustrations are as complex and inspired as the text and students will see more and more upon multiple reads.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children (8 yrs) with delight over the fractured pics, story and words as their favorite fairy tale characters jump in and out of story books exploring new and familiar worlds.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(easy, picture, fairy/fantasy) My kids really enjoyed this book and the illustrations are exquisite:imaginative and cute. The only difficulty I had in reading this book aloud to children was determining where to interject the animal's dialog balloons to have the story continue to make sense. I ended up paraphrasing and narrating in addition to reading the text and the dialog balloons. While I may not have enjoyed reading the book that way, it didn't seem to bother the kids at all! They thought the book was funny and they laughed all the way through. The parts that they know (such as the pig in 3 little pigs:" not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin) they recited along with me. When I asked the children what they liked best they said: that the pigs kept pulling along other characters to join them. When I asked what they did not like, they said: Nothing!
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marvellous metafictional mangling of the fairytale which keeps the reader on his toes. My two-year old loves it - but the original will be a let-down now. Prize-winner and it shows.