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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

by Jon Schiezka
32 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Kristi

A delightful twist on the tale of the three little pigs.

Plot

The Wolf tells his version of what really happened in the story of "The Three Little Pigs". He was only out visiting his neighbors so he could borrow a cup of sugar for his dear old Granny's birthday cake, honest! Only he had this terrible cold, and it caused him to huff and to snuff, and...well...things sort of went downhill from there.

Morality

Someone in the story is lying. Whether it be the Wolf or the police and reporters (all of whom happen to be pigs) is up to you to decide. According to the author, he had set out to tell the story from the point of view of an unreliable narrator, the Wolf, but by the time the story was finished, even he wasn't sure the Wolf was lying.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

The Wolf eats two of his neighbors, but he is a carnivore and they are pigs, after all. He loses his temper and tries to break down a pig's door.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

One pig insults the Wolf's grandmother.

Conclusion

With its wonderful illustrations by Lane Smith and its engaging, though suspect, narrator, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is sure to please not only youngsters, but the adults who read them the tale.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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