Children may sometimes wonder – is there another side to a story? What if the wolf had a chance to let everyone know what really happened between him and the three little pigs? John Scieszka is the author who brings that side to light with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
Known for matching up with artist Lane Smith to bring a slightly warped look into the story, Scieszka creates a kind of fractured fairy tale in which people get to hear what the wolf has to say. He merely had a nasty cold (with sneezes that could bring down homes) and had gone to their abodes in order to ask for a cup of sugar. He didn’t really mean to blow down the pigs’ houses and accidentally kill them. And how could he resist a little piggy dinner after that? And besides, those pigs should have built better houses like the third pig.
Scieszka is popular for writing children’s books that have little twists in them and their interesting tales go well with Smith’s rich watercolor artwork. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is no exception. Children will easily be drawn into the story as they learn the villain’s side and put in their own judgment at the end whether or not the wolf really is guilty. Written in first person, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs takes on a life of it’s own as the wolf tells his story directly to readers, which gives a chance for adults to get into character when reading for younger children.