It's Not the Three Little Pigs (It's Not a Fairy Tale #4)

by Josh Funk (Author) Edwardian Taylor (Illustrator)

It's Not the Three Little Pigs (It's Not a Fairy Tale #4)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

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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Kirkus Reviews

Those who love to make up their own stories will be inspired, and readers who march to the beats of their own drums will be delighted. Will leave readers as happy as a pig in mud.

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Josh Funk
Josh Funk ( lives in New England with his wife and children. He has never had a dragon as a pen pal, but he once wrote a letter to Corduroy (and sent along a spare button). He's the author of the picture books Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, Pirasaurs!, and more. Follow him on Twitter @joshfunkbooks.

Rodolfo Montalvo ( grew up in Long Beach, California. He received a B.F.A. in illustration from California State University, Fullerton. He has illustrated children's books including The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and The Amazing Wilmer Dooley, both written by Fowler Dewitt. He currently lives with his wife in the Los Angeles area. Follow him on Twitter @RMontalvo3.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Two Lions
Publication date
November 20, 2022
It's Not a Fairy Tale
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV012040 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
JUV020000 - Juvenile Fiction | Interactive Adventures
Library of Congress categories

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