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Book Review

This humorous picture book by Jon Scieszka, with illustrations by Lane Smith, is published by Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Books USA, and is written for kids ages 3 to 8. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

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Crude or Profane Language

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Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Alexander T. Wolf, now in jail for crimes against the three little pigs, insists he was framed. The truth, he explains, is that he visited the neighboring pigs' homes asking for a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old granny. He notes he had a bad head cold that day. So there was never any violent huffing and puffing, as the traditional story says. He just had a couple of bad sneezing fits.

When he found the first two lifeless pigs in their houses, which he'd accidentally blown down, he felt it would be wrong to leave food around to spoil. So he ate ham . . . which, he says, would be just like his readers eating a big, juicy cheeseburger. He admits he was pounding violently at the third pig's door when the cops arrived, but only because the pig had made derogatory remarks about granny. That's when he was arrested and the media spun the whole event to vilify him.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

The police arrest the wolf when they find him trying to break down the third little pig's door.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

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Rating

Readability Age Range

3 to 8

Author

Jon Scieszka

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Platform

Publisher

Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Books USA

Released

On Video

Year Published

1996

Awards

NEA Kids' Top 100 books, 1999; NEA Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children, 2007; New York Public Library Best Kids Books of the Last 100 Years, 2014

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