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The true story of the 3 little pigs
Scieszka, Jon.
Personal Author:
Anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
Reading Level:
AD 570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 9506.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 11850 Guided reading level: Q.
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This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigsandrsquo; houses down! This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pigandrsquo;s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs! A satisfying and engaging read for every young Three Little Pigs fan.

Author Notes

Jon Scieszka was born September 8, 1954 in Flint , Michigan. After he graduated from Culver Military Academy where he was a Lieutenant, he studied to be a doctor at Albion College. He changed career directions and attended Columbia University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Before he became a full time writer, Scieszka was a lifeguard, painted factories, houses, and apartments and also wrote for magazines. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years as a 1st grade assistant, a 2nd grade homeroom teacher, and a computer, math, science and history teacher in 3rd - 8th grade.

He decided to take off a year from teaching in order to work with Lane Smith, an illustrator, to develop ideas for children's books. His book, The Stinky Cheese Man received the 1994 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. Scieszka's Math Curse, illustrated by Lane Smith, was an American Library Association Notable Book in 1996; a Blue Ribbon Book from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books in 1995; and a Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book in 1995. The Stinky Cheese Man received Georgia's 1997 Children's Choice Award and Wisconsin's The Golden Archer Award. Math Curse received Maine's Student Book Award, The Texas Bluebonnet Award and New Hampshire's The Great Stone Face Book Award in 1997. He was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2008. In 2014 his title, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor made The New York Times Best Seller List. Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger made the list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-According to John Scieszka, we have all been misled concerning the tale of the three little pigs. The true story, as told by Alexander T. Wolf to Scieszka, was really about the quest for a cup of sugar and a very bad cold. After his terrible sneezes destroyed the first two houses belonging to the little pigs, Mr. Wolf had to eat those victims because it would have been a waste to leave "a perfectly good ham dinner" lying there! And when the third little pig insulted his dear, sweet grandmother, the wolf reacted as any loyal grandson would, huffing and puffing and trying to knock down the pig's door. The truth is that Mr. Wolf was framed, since the story of a bow tie-clad wolf going door to door in search of a cup of sugar needed to bake a cake for his granny is not exciting enough for the newspapers. Lane Smith's sepia-toned illustrations spring to life, with added animation and wonderful movement between scenes. Narrated matter-of-factly by Paul Giamatti, the tale is accompanied by Chris Thomas King's jazzy musical score which is perfectly suited to the sophisticated but light-hearted mood. Optional subtitles are available. In an interview with the author and the illustrator, they discuss how the book came to be and reveal how their close relationship and unique brand of humor help them create imaginative books. An outstanding picture book (Viking, 1989) has been made even better as it springs to life in DVD format.-MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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