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 July 30, 2015  Book Reviews

The Three Little Pigs: Fractured Fairy Tales | Alldonemonkey.com

Do you love fractured fairy tales as much as we do?  Monkey is at the perfect age to “get” the jokes in these modified fairy tales, so lately we’ve been enjoying as many variations as we can get our hands on of one of his favorites: The Three Little Pigs. 

How well do you know your fractured Pigs?  Take our quiz below to test your knowledge!

How Well Do You Know The Three Little Pigs?

Think you know The Three Little Pigs?  Everyone is familiar with the story of the hapless pigs, whose houses are huffed and puffed down by the Big Bad Wolf.  But these days there are an infinite number of “fractured fairy tales,” in which the original story of the little pigs is changed in often hilarious ways.  How well do you know these fractured tales?  See if you can match the ending to the story! (Answers at the bottom of the post!)

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What happens to our villain in the end?  See if you can match the ending to the books below!

A. He is invited in for dinner.

B. He catches mice and rabbits for dinner instead of pigs.

C. He plays games with the pigs.

D. He runs away.

E. He huffs and puffs and blows out the candles on his birthday cake.

F. He finally admits the truth and helps rebuild the pigs’ house.

G. He is put in jail.

The Books

1. The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz: One of our favorite versions!  We discovered this when reading Ninja books as part of our Japan study earlier this year.  In fact, it’s what inspired us to start reading more versions of The Three Little Pigs!  In this version, the three little pigs must learn discipline and patience to master the ways of the ninja and defeat the Big Bad Wolf once and for all!

2. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as told to Jon Scieszka: Monkey loved reading the Wolf’s side of the story, complete with all of his justifications and excuses.  If you think the Wolf is not so bad after all, just misunderstood, this is the book for you!

3. What’s the Time, Little Wolf? by Ian Whybrow and Tony Ross: This is the most different of all the tales.  Part of the series of Little Wolf and Smellybreff Adventures, it departs completely from the typical narrative of Little Pig stories.  Little Wolf tries to be bad like the rest of his wolf family but mostly deals with keeping his little brother out of trouble, especially when they are sent out by their parents to catch dinner.

4. Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra: Now retired and living in the Villain Villa Senior Citizens Center, B.B. Wolf is invited to tell his side of the tale during story time at the local library.  But how will he respond when heckled by the kids in the audience?  Young readers will enjoy seeing other popular fairy tale characters – like Pinocchio and the Gingerbread Boy – in the story.

5. The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague: Teague is one of my favorite author/illustrators.  His illustrations have so many fun details that kids and adults will enjoy.  In this story, two lazy pigs and their industrious sister are left to fend for themselves when the farmer and his wife move to Florida.  Will they use their resources wisely or waste them on chips and “sody-pop”?

6. Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda:  If you are looking for a version to share with your toddler, this is the perfect one!  It is a very gentle tale, told with simple sentences and cut-out illustrations.  Great as a first version for kids to read!

7. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury: This was one of Monkey’s favorite, because he thought the twist on the original was so hilarious!  What does the story look like when the wolves are the cute, endearing ones, and it is the pig who is big and bad?  It is also fun to see all the high-security houses the wolves build and the creative solution they ccome up with in the end!

Answer Key:

How many did you get right?  Check your answers here!

A5, B3, C7, D1, E6, F4, G2

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