by Josh Funk (Author) Edwardian Taylor (Illustrator)
Meet the three (ahem--four!) little pigs as they convince the narrator to tell a slightly different version of their fairy tale: First, there's Alan, the one pig in the bunch who is actually a builder. He's got a BIG problem with building a home out of flimsy straw. Next, there's Alfred, who wants to be an actor and wouldn't dream of getting his hands dirty. Then we have Alvin, whose dream is to be...a pumpkin. Last but not least is Alison, the fourth pig, who is ready to bring some flair to this story--if only she can get the narrator to agree to a few changes...And what about that wolf?
Grab your jetpacks and get ready for this rollicking retelling of the popular tale.
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A storyteller's attempts to tell a traditional version of "The Three Little Pigs" unravel when the characters, including a fourth pig sibling, interject their own commentary. Things go off the rails almost immediately when sister Alison shows up and begins critiquing aspects of the original script ("It's terribly written dialogue," she says of the classic "chinny chin chin" line). Other characters prove equally unruly. The first brother--a would-be builder--deems a haystack house structurally unsound. The second, a triple-threat performer who dreams of becoming a star, uses the provided sticks to build a stage. The third, who wishes to be a pumpkin, gets hooked up with a gourd abode by Cinderella's fairy godmother. Boisterous digital renderings capture the figures' glee as they go their own ways for an effect that spotlights the twice-told tale's whirlwind qualities. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.