David Wiesner’s picture books are a riot of whimsy, cheerful nonsense and child-like escapism. In this case, the escape is almost literal.
A familiar trio of porcine creatures manage to evade their lupine predator in a very unique fashion. Blown out of their story by the wolf’s exaggerated exhalations, the three frolic and trip from one story into another. There is an actual breaking of the fourth wall, too, which is funny and mildly disturbing.
Mr. Wiesner’s imagination is such that his book captivates even when he dares to use blank pages completely devoid of words and pictures. It’s a shocking step, like a painter who includes black spots or makes a large object the center of their palette (both artistic no-nos), and only a really talented artist can pull off such a bold effort.
Mr. Wiesner is one such artist and “The Three Pigs” is the book to reach for if you’re an adult who wants your children to read something other than boring iterations of stuffy nursery stories.
This book was incredibly disappointing. I was expecting a cute story about the three little pigs, to teach a moral to my children about planning ahead with wisdom. Instead, I got a book of garbled nonsense that was monstrously pointless and irrelevant. The story started out normal enough, but then the three pigs just “ripped” the pages out of the storybook and went flying around on paper airplanes doing basically nothing. They then walked in and out of various different children’s books -- with hardly any dialogue or plotline. The whole book was incredibly pointless. Even my three young children were confused. I seriously wonder if someone got high and then decided to put their drug-induced visions into a children’s picture book. Not fun for me as an adult, not fun for my children, a horrible waste of time.
Think you know the story of the three little pigs, and the wolf who huffed and puffed, and tried to blow their house down? Think again - you only know one version!
This time around the pigs get to tell the story, and they're not letting themselves get kicked out their houses just because that's how the story's 'always gone'. Clever use of text, illustrations, well-known rhymes, and conversation directed to the reader ensure that you can't help but be pulled in to this book.
At first this book is the traditional three pigs and a big bad wolf story. I thought it to be nothing special other than Weisner's beautiful illustrations. But then the pigs begin being blown from the story pages and the book becomes confusing. There are multiple stories happening at the same time. It is hard to know where to follow. The pigs travel through other story pages which wasn't very interesting since the pigs don't actually DO anything. Plus, all these story changes are complicated especially for the advertised age range of 4-8. Towards the end the words become jumbled, the story is jumbled and I had no idea what I just read. Other than beautiful artwork, I didn't take anything away from this story.
Would I recommend this book? NOT for this young an age range
Hmmmm. I totally understand why this book gets such good reviews--it's very meta, and the illustrations are wonderful. I think my "meh" feelings toward it come from not really knowing who this book is for. A very young child would not get it, and I suspect an older child might thing it's kind of stupid. As an adult I enjoyed it, but I doubt that Mr. Wiesner wrote this book for adults.
Really enjoyed the story and found it clever how the pigs and other animals change to match the style of the illustrations in each story.
I'd read some reviews in awe of this book so I was expecting a lot and I was kind of disappointed. The pictures were cool, but the story is not one I can read over an over.
My 4 year old son loves this book. He thinks it's hilarious how the pigs can just leave the story.
The three pigs have escaped and they are looking for help. See what happens when they find it.
mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over
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