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THE THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG by Eugene Trivizas

THE THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG

by Eugene Trivizas, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-689-50569-8
Publisher: McElderry

Never mind the other incarnations of this tale--classic, fractured, rapped; this inversion will have children giggling from the outset. Sent into the world by a mother who wears hair curlers, three "cuddly" wolves build a brick house, then try to fend off a snarling thug of a pig who demolishes it with a sledgehammer. Their next place is concrete; the pig has a pneumatic drill. They construct a metal fortress, complete with steel chains and Plexiglas; the pig goes for dynamite. Then they build a house of flowers and the pig pulls a "Ferdinand," not only reforming but making it a happy menage a quatre. This latter-day plea for a peaceable kingdom reckons once and for all with the question at the core of this familiar tale--why must pigs and wolves be enemies? Oxenbury provides dauntingly well- executed watercolors, offering such charming contrasts as an angular modernistic concrete home in an otherwise pastoral setting. (Picture book. 5-10)