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( Read Kindle ) ⚢ The Three Pigs â This Caldecott Medalwinning picture book begins placidly and familiarly enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the storyand into the realm of pure imagination The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending Fans of Tuesday’s frogs and Sector ’s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise In this highly imaginate and artistic twist on the Three Little Pigs, the pigs flee the wolf and escape off the edge of the illustrations into other stories.I thought this book was awesome, but the little kids I read it to (ages 34) didn't really get the concept. Wow! Fantastic book! Last night we read the Stinky Cheese Man and other stupid tales and it was trying to turn fairy tales on their head and it was different, but not great the way this book was This is how you turn a story on its head.The art is fantastic and fairly easy to understand what is going on This is the story of taking your own fate into your hands Stepping back from the story we are stuck in and finding a new way forward I mean this little work is a work of brilliance in my opinion Being the fate of your own story The kids know the story of the 3 little pigs and so they knew that the story had changed I also think this is a fantastic story for adults to read and absorb the meaning One level is pure fun and fluff and another level is telling us to stop living the same inner stories we tell ourselves and find a new better way after examining our lives David Wiesner is put on my list for this It's fantastic.
An inventive picture book that reminds me just a bit of The True Story of The Big Bad Wolf by Jon Scieska and Lane Smith, in that it assumes you know the traditional tale and then departs from it In Wiesner's version we begin with the conventional story with a kind of retro illustration style, then one pig gets blown into an alternative universe where the pages of the original story appear on the page in a kind of metafictional way The pigs escape in this reinvention.I have five Wiesner books in front of me, in part because I have a big book to read about the wordless storytelling he may be best known for, and I would say that the reinvented part would have been better served by no words But the artwork here (2001) is a leap forward in his work from Free Fall (1988) and Hurricane (1990) Visually and narratively edgier stuff. David Wiesner's The Three Pigs is very much fun and in many ways appears as simply and utterly brilliant (I just so much love the both sly and in your face cultural and literary intertextuality and that the three pigs basically manage to escape from their adversary, the eponymous big bad wolf, by means of metafiction, by being blown right out of their story into other tales, and different types of accompanying illustrations) But all that being said, and even though I know that this is basically a loose retelling of the traditional The Three Little Pigs type of folktale, I do happen to feel rather sorry for the poor wolf, who is not really evil, but simply a carnivore hunting for food, hunting for a meal (and this salient fact is also the main and probably even the only reason why The Three Pigs is rated with four and not five stars, a personal pet peeve perhaps and even a bit pernickety, but I stand by and with my feelings here, as big bad wolf type of tales have always left me uncomfortable and with sadness for the wolves).Like always, and yes, like usual, David Wiesner's illustrations are simply spectacular, whimsical, descriptive, and I especially appreciate the many visual allusions to some of the author/illustrator's previous picture book offerings (the featured dragon is definitely reminiscent of the dragon found in Wiesner's Free Fall and there are also allusions to Tuesday, but interestingly enough, this time, there are flying fish and not flying frogs presented) Very highly recommended, and one can easily and with considerable appreciation understand why and how David Wiesner has won so many Caldecott accolades (and for me personally, Wiesner's The Three Pigs is actually also much muchlastingly appealing than the majority of his wordless picture book offerings, as I do seem to have constant and recurring issues easily understanding and appreciating illustrations sans any type of written narrative, sans printed text).