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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

by Eugene Trivizas
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1993
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-50569-8

Ages 5 - 8

A clever reversal of a familiar tale involves three croquet and badminton playing wolves whose houses are successively constructed of formidable material: bricks (pig applies sledgehammer); concrete (pneumatic drill + pig); and a fortress surrounded by barbed wire (dynamited by the persistent pig). After he tries to blow down the wolves' final house made of flowers, the pig's heart becomes tender, he dances the tarantula and they all enjoy games and tea. An unlikely conflict is resolved with an unlikely resolution, but it doesn't matter because everyone reading and seeing the full-color 11" by 8 3/4" fractured fairy tale will be laughing too hard to notice. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature; New Editions Of Classic Literature; Picture Books.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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