Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Three Little Pigs - revisited

Good day everyone!  Welcome to Storywraps.  Hope wherever you are from you know you are always welcome here with me.  Let's get yesterday's business out of the way first thing.  The answer to yesterday's book quote is:

                                                          "The Giver" by Lois Lowry

Today's first line from a novel is:

"Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin."

Can you guess the book title and author?  Answer tomorrow on the blog.

Today's featured book:

Title:  The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Author:  Eugene Trivias
Illustrator:  Helen Oxenbury

Take a peek inside:

My take on the book:

What a wonderful twist on a very beloved, familiar fairytale.  Mommy wolf is portrayed at the beginning of the book with her hair in curlers, her toenails polished and giving advice to her young cubs to go out and build their homes but beware of the big bad pig!  I have to admit I loved the pig's character the very best.  He is this big hulking, menacing looking thug that is up to no good and determined to destroy the houses of the wolves.  There was however charm and charisma in that roly-poly form that made me like him. The wolves start out building a brick house and then graduate to stronger and stronger fortresses because it seems the bad old pig can always outsmart them and take their houses down, not by huffing and puffing but by using a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill and finally....dynamite.  

Kids will laugh at his resourcefulness and cunningness as he outsmarts those little wolves and sends them packing from house to house.  Finally, at their wits end, the wolves totally change their strategy of what materials to use, and ask a passing flamingo if they could use his "flowers" to construct their new home.  They creatively design this amazing fragrant house and what happens then will change the pigs life forever.  Miracles can happen, hard hearts can be softened and enemies can be coverted into lifelong friends.  The illustrations are charming, full of expression and wit and could tell the story all on their own.  This is a brilliant story with a fun turn of events that will have both kids and adults alike laughing out loud and cheering those little wolves on to success.  Everyone loves a happy ending....and they all lived happily ever after....the perfect ending to a fairy tale indeed.

About the author:

  1. Sociologist
  2. Eugene Trivizas, is a Greek sociologist and writer of children's books. For his lasting contribution as a children's writer, Trivizas was a finalist for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006. Wikipedia
  3. NominationsAstrid Lindgren Memorial Award

About the illustrator:

  1. Helen Gillian Oxenbury is an English author and illustrator of picture books. She lives in North London with her husband John Burningham, another children's literature author and illustrator. Wikipedia
  2. SpouseJohn Burningham (m. 1964)
  3. AwardsKate Greenaway Medal, Nestlé Smarties Book Prize

Book review rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Enjoy your day.

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