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*****The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

by Eugene Trivizias

illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Reviewed September 16, 2001.
Available at Sembach Library (E TRI).

Here’s another book for a time when you need a smile.  The three sweet little wolves are up against a pig who “isn’t called big and bad for nothing.”  The Big Bad Pig doesn’t settle for trying to blow their houses down.  No, he starts with a sledge hammer, moves up to a jackhammer, and ends up blowing up their house with dynamite.  (Hmm.  Maybe there’s a reason I thought of this book this week.)  The ending is perhaps a bit corny as they decide to change their building materials and the pig smells their house of flowers and reforms into a Big, Good Pig.  He repents, plays with the wolves and settles down to live with the wolves happily ever after.  Don’t we all wish that bad guys could be dealt with that way?  Mostly, this book is for those who will enjoy the clever and silly way a traditional fairy tale has been stood on its head.  When I first read this book, I chuckled about it all day long. 

  Reviews of other books illustrated by Helen Oxenbury:
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
When Charley Met Grampa

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