Children's Lit Book Reviews

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Three Pigs
By: David Wiesner
Publisher: Clarion Books
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 40
Reading Level: 4-8
Genre: Picture Book/Fairy tale
Award: The Caldecott Award 2002

"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 Review

Summary: The book starts off by following the famous fairy tale of The Three Little Pigs, written by Jacobs. But, out of nowhere, the author adds his own little twist to the story. As the wolf travels to each of the pig's homes, blows the homes down, he's ready to eat one of the pigs. He notices that somehow the pig escaped. That's the mystery for the reader to solve for himself. Finally, when the wolf shows up to the last house, which is made of brick Weisner magically illustrates the pigs jumping out of that fairy tale into there own land. Each pig tells the others how happy he was to escape the grasp of the big bad wolf. From there the pigs travel to other fairy tales by making a paper airplane out of pages from the Jacobs fairy tale. Suddenly, their makeshift paper plane crashes, they land on a blank page, the pigs pull down their next story and wander into The Cat and the Fiddle. With a disturbed look on their faces, they decide to leave the fairy tale with the fiddle and the cat following slowly behind them. They then wonder into the next fairy tale containing dragons. The dragon tells them of his fate as a knight is galloping towards him with a sword drawn in the air. One of the pigs comes up with the brilliant idea of bringing the dragon with them and the trio expands to five. Together the five of them travel through several other stories finally making it back into the classic fairy tale by Jacob's to where the wolf is attempting to blow down the brick house. The wolf notices that it will be an impossible task. He peeks through a window only to see the three pigs, a dragon, the fiddle and the cat, and runs off scared.
Who would benefit from reading this book?: I think everyone who takes time to read this book or have it read to them will walk away gratified. This book starts off following the classic fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs" except Weisner adds his own little twist creating a fantasy land for all that reads this book. This book encourages readers to step out of the norm and use there own imagination to create a story of their own. That's why I think this book will benefit all who read it.
What problems/concerns would this book potentially cause? : I don't think this book would cause any concerns or problems.
My reaction: This book is brilliant. I loved how the illustrations follow some of the text, especially when it tells about the wolf getting ready to eat the pig, and then, in the illustration, the wolf has a confused look on his face as the pig is missing. I will recommend this book to every person who is looking for an adventure away from the norm. Imagination is encouraged in reading this book!

posted by Jon Dale at 8:25 PM


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