Winner of the 2002 Caldecott Medal
The Three Pigs
A playful deconstruction of
a favorite nursery tale
Hold on to your hat and your home, but let your imagination
soar. The Caldecott medalists latest masterly picture book
will blow you away along with the pigs homes. Satisfying both
as a story and as an exploration of story, The Three Pigs
takes visual narrative to a new level. When the wolf comes a-knocking
and a-puffing, he blows the pigs right out of the tale and into
a whole new imaginative landscape, where they wanderand flythrough
other stories, encountering a dragon and a cat with a fiddle, among
others. This familiar tale will never be the same old story again.
Wiesner's dialogue and
illustrations are clever, whimsical
New York Times, Book Review
readers have come to expect from the inventive works of Wiesner,
nothing is ever quite as it seems in his picture books. . . . Wiesner's
brilliant use of white space and perspective . . . evokes a feeling
that the characters can navigate endless possibilitiesand
that the range of story itself is limitless.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
dialogue and physical comedy abound in this inspired retelling of
a familiar favorite.
School Library Journal, starred review
this inventive retelling, Caldecott medalist Wiesner plays with
literary conventions. . . . On the last few pages, the final words
of the text break apart, sending letters drifting down into the
illustrations to show us that once we have ventured out into the
wider world, our stories never stay the same.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
I've had for years this idea of characters leaving a story
and moving into the space behind the story...having the entire
format of the book collapse and leave them standing in this sort
of nether world>>
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