Saturday, May 17, 2014

Horrid you say? - yep these three little pigs were horrid

Welcome, welcome, welcome everyone to my blog today.  Hope you are having a splendid weekend. Here is the answer to the book quote from yesterday.

                                    " The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I will give you another come Monday.

Today's featured book:

Title:  The Three Horrid Little Pigs
Autor/Illustrator:  Liz Pichon
Ages:  4-8

Take a peek inside:

My take on the book:

What does horrid mean?  According to the dictionary horrid means exceedingly bad, hideous, causing horror.  So why would such an adjective be attached to the three little pigs?  Well these particular  three little pigs were horrid indeed.  They would steal cupcakes and things from innocent animals.  They would swing from the chandelier in their home and, oh dread, ....they even drew a mustache on poor Mommy Pig's portrait.  Finally, even their mother has had enough of their shenanigans and sends them off into the world to build their own houses and get away from her.  

The first little pig actually steals straw from the cows to build his house, the second little pig mimics his brother and steals twigs from the local birds to design his new abode and the third little pig, well he's so lazy he doesn't even bother to build....he just jacks the local hen house and moves right in.

Enter the big bad wolf.   But wait is he big and bad really?  Not this guy.  He is gentle and friendly and guess what his occupation is?  He is a qualified builder.  He takes one look at those piggy huts and is very concerned for the pigs safety and well-being.  He tries to help them out by suggesting ways they could make improvements but the pigs will have none of it.  They tell him to go away and mind his own business.  Reluctantly and sadly that is just what he does. 

When the pigs come to their senses and realize their homes are disasters waiting to happen they sneak on over to the Wolf's place to check him out.  The Wolf, hearing their approach, puts on a big pot of boiling to make ham and bean soup....but to make a wonderful pot of soup that they all can share.  The pigs finally repent of their horridness and listen to the Wolf's advice, but not regarding their own homes.  His vision is to construct a house where they all can live in community and yes - happily ever after!  

The illustrations are brilliant with lots of colour and detail.  I love the picture of the wolf wearing fuzzy slippers and reading a bedtime story to the chickens."  The last page visually sums up the tale as you see the new house is erect, the cows are painting the walls, the pigs are doing a heal kick, and Mommy Pig upstairs in a bubble bath.  The perfect ending indeed.

About the author:

  1. Liz Pichon is an illustrator and a children's writer from Great Britain. She* 1999: National Parenting Publications Award by Twilight Rhymes Moonlight Verse. 2004: Silver Award Nestlé Smarties Book Prize by My Big Brother Boris. Wikipedia
  2. NominationsNestlé Smarties Book Prize

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

          Read on and read always!  Have an amazing day and see you back here on Monday!

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