The true story of the three little pigs by Jon Scieszka, Illustrations by Lane Smith

This is a wonderfully funny retelling of the traditional story the Three Little Pigs from the point of view of the wolf. Written in first person, immediately the tone of the wolf as he retells it is light and funny. It is a pretty imaginative idea to tell the story from the viewpoint of the wolf or someone who is supposed to be the bad guy. Using the wolf’s voice gives the character a new image. He is no longer this bad guy that wants to do nothing more than break down the three little pigs doors and eat them; he becomes this relatable person with feelings that can make the audience laugh and feel sorry for him. In addition, the illustrations bring the words to life in their use of darker colors that have an almost gritty yet light feeling to them. This story is an instant classic, one of my personal favorites growing up, that is able to changing the image of the bad guy while also encouraging children to believe that there are always two sides to a story.

A review by Lisa Jacovsky