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The Three Pigs

Written & illustrated by David Wiesner
Published by Clarion Books
4.75 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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Apr 23, 2001
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What's The Three Pigs About

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This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday’s frogs and Sector 7’s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.

What Kind of Book is The Three Pigs

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.0 / 7.0

This take on the story of the “Three Little Pigs” is imaginative and fun! I love that it uses the illustrations to tell a big part of the story. The book starts out with the original tale of the wolf blowing down the pigs’ houses, but the pigs escape out of the story, go visit others’ stories and help characters there, and then, altogether, they fix the ending of their own story with the wolf and live happily ever after.

The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
4.5 / 7.0

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Who Wrote The Three Pigs

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David Wiesner

David Wiesner is internationally renowned for his visual storytelling and has won the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam—the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of three Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr. Wuffles. He lives near Philadelphia with his family.

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David Wiesner's Book Dedication

To David Macaulay and Carol Goldenberg with gratitude. And special thanks to Andi Stern.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
April 23, 2001
Text Details:
The text was set in 17.5-point New Century Schoolbook and 16-point Benguiat Book (and in manipulated forms of these faces), 18-point Tekton, and 42-point Dom Casual.
Illustration Details:
The artwork was executed in watercolor, gouache, colored inks, pencil, and colored pencil on Fabriano hot press paper.
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