Written by: Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by: Lane Smith
Published in 1989
Genre: Picture Book
Grade Level: K-3
Summary: You think you know the story of the three little pigs, but you’ve never heard the wolf’s side of the story! Alexander T. Wolf narrates the story of what really happened on that fateful day, and shows how it was all just a big mistake (in his eyes).
Do I even need to say it? Any and everything done by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith is magic! Once again we have an alternate look at a well known fairy tale. In this book the “big bad wold” isn’t so big and bad… or is he? You’ll have to decide for yourself as you read this book!
As always with Lane Smith, the illustrations were fantastic! They really helped create the feeling of lazy and mean pigs, and drew sympathy to the plight of Alexander. I really loved that the reporters and policeman at the end of the book, while not stated in the text, were clearly pigs. It really helped tie together the idea that Alexander was framed, and that the pigs were (at least somewhat) at fault.
Final Thoughts: All in all, another awesome book from Scieszka and Smith. I didn’t love it as much as Stinky Cheese Man, but I really did enjoy reading it. I’m starting to get ideas about doing a reading/writing unit on different perspectives, using books like this that offer the view of the “villain” rather than the traditional hero… It could be really awesome!! Now I just need to get a job at the appropriate grade level!
I give The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs 5 stars.
Check out my previous reviews of Jon Scieszka books: