The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Author
Jon Scieszka

Cover artist
Lane Smith

Country
United States

Language
English

Genre
Children’s book

Publisher
Viking Press

Publication date

1989

Pages
32

ISBN
0-14-054056-3

OCLC
43158890

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is a children’s book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Released in a number of editions since its first release in 1989, it is a parody of The Three Little Pigs as told by the Big Bad Wolf, known in the book as “A. Wolf,” short for “Alexander T. Wolf.” The book was honored by the American Library Association as an ALA Notable Book.[1]

Contents

1 Plot
2 Critical Reception
3 See also
4 Notes

Plot[edit]
This is the story of the 3 little pigs from the perspective of Alexander T. Wolf. The wolf is trying to set the story straight of how he came to be ‘big and bad’. At the beginning of the book he’s cooking a cake for his grandmother’s birthday, but he’s run out of sugar. He goes to ask his neighbors, the pigs, for some sugar. They all say no to him, and as a result of a sneeze, he ‘accidentally’ blows the first two pigs’ houses down. Since they’re already dead he eats them. The third pig’s house (made of bricks) does not suffer the same fate. Mr. Wolf is arrested and the third pig survives. So Mr. Wolf is in jail and his poor sweet granny gets no birthday cake.
Critical Reception[edit]
Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”[2] It was one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[3]
See also[edit]

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, another inverted version of the story

Children’s literature portal

Notes[edit]

^ Molly Dunham Glassman. “Writing team creates comedy for children,” Baltimore Sun, reprinted in Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 18, 1992, page 2F.
^ National Education Association (2007). “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 6, 2012). “Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results”. School Library Journal “A Fuse #8 Production” blog. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 

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The Three Little Pigs

Film

The Three Little Pigs (1933)
The Big Bad Wolf (1934)
Three Little Wolves (1936)
The Practical Pig (1939)
Unstable Fables (2008)

Stage

De 3 Biggetjes (2003 musical)

Parody films

Blitz Wolf (1942)
Pigs in a Polka (1943)
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