All the three little pigs want to do is move out of their crowded home (where seventy-three other little pigs live) and build their own little houses. But wait! What's that sticky orange juice doing on the first little pig's straw house? And why is the second pig turning green? And what does it all have to do with the mysterious voice the pig keep hearing?
Full of surprises, laughs, and hilarious wordplay, this quirky retelling of "The Three Little Pigs" encourages readers to look at this favorite story in a whole new way.
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Bruce Whatley is the illustrator of many popular and award-winning books, including The Teddy Bears' Picnic, There Ain't No Bugs on Me, What Will You Wear, Jenny Jenkins?, My First Nursery Rhymes, and Captain Pajamas, which he co-wrote with his wife, Rosie Smith. He lives in Australia.From Publishers Weekly:
In this cheeky burlesque, the Three Little Pigs tangle with a wolf and an unseen illustrator who is short on art supplies. The tale begins as usual, with the pigs constructing homes of straw, sticks and bricks. "The first little pig had just finished building his house when he heard a splash. `Oops!' said a Voice from nowhere in particular. `I spilled my juice.' " An authentic-looking glass and its shiny liquid contents lie across the cartoon image, drenching the white page and two-dimensional straw house. "The house collapse[s] with a wet plop" before the big bad wolf can blow it down, and the soggy pig scurries to his brother's place. Later, the artist runs out of red paint and whimsically substitutes chartreuse for the pigs' customary rosy tint. The pigs don't find this amusing. Whatley (Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe) saddles the book with an unmemorable title that doesn't do justice to his comical trompe l'oeil spreads. Photorealistic paintbrushes, whittled pencils and squeezed-out paint tubes are superimposed on stylized cartoons, and the pigs confront their glib creator eye to eye. All the characters, wolf included, behave like frustrated actors with a maddening director. By interrupting familiar characters with technical concerns, Whatley turns the story into a theater piece in which offstage antics appear front and center. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060282711