Title: The Three Pigs

Author: David Wiesner

Publication Date: 2001

Publisher: Clarion Books

Price: $16.00

Number of Pages: 38

Awards: Caldecott Medal

Genre/Subgenre: Fantasy/Fairytale/Animal/Humor

Popularity: 5/5
Quality: 5/5

Reader’s Annotation:

The Three Little Pigs take their story into their own hands…literally!


The Three Pigs begins as we expect: three pigs each build a house to protect themselves from a bad wolf. However, instead of letting him blow down their homes, the three pigs step off the pages of their story and wander through the world. As they cross through other stories, they pick up a fiddling cat and a “fearsome” dragon. The pigs and their new friends decide to find themselves a “castle” to live in and jump back into their original story, where the third pig’s brick house is still standing. When the wolf comes calling, he is intimidated by the group, particularly the dragon, and the pigs and their friends are free to carry on and “live happily ever after.”


The Three Pigs is a creative, funny book and a really good read. It would make a great library story time selection – I think young readers would respond really well to the humor and to the great illustrations. This is a really fun take on a classic fairy tale and will likely be popular with readers young and old.

Why I Chose the Book:

David Wiesner’s books are always a fun read, and I was really interested to see how he would adapt the classic story of the Three Little Pigs.


Tuesday by David Wiesner

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Book Talk Ideas

Have students write their own retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Encourage them to incorporate characters from other fairy tales.

Discussion Questions

1. How does David Wiesner’s adaptation of the story of the Three Little Pigs differ from other versions that you have read or heard? What makes this version unique?

2. The Three Pigs incorporates famous characters from other popular children’s stories. Who did you recognize from other stories, and how does their presence in The Three Pigs change the story?


Goodreads (2014). The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/138069.The_Three_Pigs?from_search=true

“The Three Pigs Read-alikes from NoveList.” NoveList K-8. EBSCO, 2014. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. <http://0-web.b.ebscohost.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/novpk8/detail?sid=a311c062-bafa-4b40-8e33-279cae03e5d3%40sessionmgr115&UI=UI+116128&hid=127&vid=4&gt;.

Wiesner, D (2001). The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion Books.