Here are two books telling the same story in two different ways. Both cute but see if you can guess which one was my favorite! (Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see my mom’s version of these silly pigs!)
Huff and Puff
Abrams Appleseed, an imprint for Abrams, 2012
A retelling of the classic story, Three Little Pigs, this time with an interactive twist from the reader.
Main characters –
- 1st pig, lives in a straw house and likes to cook
- 2nd pig, lives in a wood log house and also likes cooking
- 3rd pig, lives in a brick house and is happy
- Wolf, whom we never really see, because he is the reader
This book is definitely for the very young reader, the drawings are sweet but not complex and the wording is simple and easy to read. I laughed out loud at the ending because it was a surprise. Since the book was a library book I didn’t huff and puff as the book instructed the reader to do (who knows what little mouths have been on those pages!) but kids will get a kick out of it!
Rating: 3 paws for a surprise ending and cute pigs
The Three Pigs
Clarion Books, imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company
A twist on The Three Little Pigs, these pigs escape the wolf in a very unusual way. Along the way, they meet the characters of Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle nursery rhyme and a dragon.
Main characters –
- Three Pigs, of course, and very clever in their getaway
- The Wolf, naturally, and befuddled over the disappearing pigs
Secondary characters –
- The Cat and the Fiddle, curious as cats always are he ends of following the pigs
- A Great Dragon, whom the pigs help escape from a knight charged with killing him
Mom got this book from the local library and we read it together and laughed out loud it was so funny! She said it reminds her of her favorite authors’ Thursday Next novels (Jasper Fforde). If you have read his work then you might get the hint. I don’t want to tell anything about what happens – it spoils the surprise! But truly, a cute book and one that will easily be read over and over again by the younger set.
Rating: 4 paws for imagination and an original take on a very old tale.
Claudia Rueda, Huff and Puff
David Wiesner, The Three Pigs
I really want to read these books – mainly for the outstanding artwork! I’ll get my mom to get as many from the library as she can and then read / review them all together!
My next review will be of 2 more versions of the The Three Little Pigs! See you then!
Now, my mom’s version – originally published on her Orangemarmalade blog!