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You may think you know the story of the "Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf" - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. This is a hilariously inventive retelling of the popular story which "Publishers Weekly" called the 'Funniest book of the year'.
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Did the story of the three little pigs ever seem slightly biased to you? All that huffing and puffing--could one wolf really be so unequivocally evil? Finally, we get to hear the rest of the story, "as told to author Jon Scieszka," straight from the wolf's mouth. As Alexander T. Wolf explains it, the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding. Al Wolf was minding his own business, making his granny a cake, when he realized he was out of a key ingredient. He innocently went from house to house to house (one made of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks) asking to borrow a cup of sugar. Could he help it if he had a bad cold, causing him to sneeze gigantic, gale-force sneezes? Could he help it if pigs these days use shabby construction materials? And after the pigs had been ever-so-accidentally killed, well, who can blame him for having a snack?
As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, (another stellar collaboration by Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith), children who know all the old stories by heart will delight in reading impudent new versions. Here, Scieszka's text is clever, savvy, and tabloid-quick, and Smith's stretchy-strange illustrations complete this funny, irreverent, thoroughly original tale. (Ages 4 to 8)From the Author:
From the desk of Lane Smith:
"A lot of reviewers have misidentified my technique as airbrush or dyes or even egg tempera. I think this is because it almost looks as if it was sprayed with paint with little dots of color and texture visible. Actually, my work is rendered in oil paints. I paint on board, building up several thin glazes of the oil, sealing them between coats with an acrylic spray varnish. This not only dries the oil instantly, but also causes a chemical reaction between the oil and the acrylic. Normally, it would be a mistake to combine two opposites like this and in fact it was a mistake the first time I did it, but I liked the results. I'm a big fan of artists who play with surfaces. I love texture and grunge. The trick is to know when to stop. Sometimes I keep adding more and more layers until I've ruined the piece. Usually I stop when the painting starts to look interesting. Then I go in with a fine brush and add details, lights and darks, etc. It's a laborious process, but it's unpredictable and it keeps me interested and surprised. Of course, I'm influenced by other illustrators too, like N.C. Wyeth, Maurice Sendak, Arthur Rackham, Edward Lear, Gustav Dore and Tomi Ungerer. I hope I can follow the path these dark illustrators have walked, or at least use the sidewalk that runs alongside it."
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Book Description Penguin Random House Children's UK 1991-10-31, London, 1991. paperback. Condition: New. Language: ENG. Seller Inventory # 9780140540567
Book Description Penguin Random House Children's UK, United Kingdom, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Lane Smith (illustrator). Language: English. Brand new Book. A hilarious retelling of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history.A hilariously inventive retelling of the popular story which Publishers Weekly called the 'Funniest book of the year'.Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books. Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He also provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film James and the Giant Peach. He lives in New York.Also by Jon Scieszka:The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Frog Prince, COntinued; The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales; The Book that Jack Wrote; Math Curse; Squids will be Squids; Baloney; Science Verse; Seen Art?; Cowboy and Octopus; Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland; Robot Zot; Knights of the Kitchen Table; The Not-so-Jolly Roger; The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy; Your Mother was a Neanderthal; 2095; Tut Tut; Summer Reading s Killing Me; It's all Greek to Me; See You Later, Gladiator; Sam Samurai; Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge?; Viking it and Liking it; Me oh Maya; Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci; Marco? Polo!. Seller Inventory # AAZ9780140540567
Book Description Puffin, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0000197110
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Book Description Puffin Books. Condition: New. 1991. New Ed. Paperback. A retelling of the "Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. Illustrator(s): Smith, Lane. Num Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations. BIC Classification: 5AF; YBC; YFB. Category: (J) Children / Juvenile. Dimension: 136 x 79 x 2. Weight in Grams: 120. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9780140540567
Book Description Puffin Books, 1991. Condition: New. 1991. New Ed. Paperback. A retelling of the "Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. Illustrator(s): Smith, Lane. Num Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations. BIC Classification: 5AF; YBC; YFB. Category: (J) Children / Juvenile. Dimension: 136 x 79 x 2. Weight in Grams: 120. . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780140540567
Book Description Puffin 1991-10-31, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-GRD-9780140540567
Book Description Puffin 1991-10-31, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-PEN-9780140540567
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 4 working days. A retelling of the "Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. Seller Inventory # B9780140540567