The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Written by Eugene Trivizas
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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This much-loved picture book puts a comic and clever twist on the familiar fairytale. Three polite young wolves set off to make their way in the world and build themselves a charming little house in the country. But their rural idyll is interrupted by the arrival of the big bad pig. When they won’t let him in, and huffing and puffing doesn’t work, he takes up a sledgehammer and knocks the house down. No matter how much bigger the wolves make their houses, he still manages to destroy them. So the wolves try a different tack, and build a house of flowers. Sniffing the fragrant scent, the pig’s heart becomes tender, and he changes his ways. The last page sees all four of them enjoying china tea and strawberries together, set to live happily ever after. The twist will delight children, and the message is particularly timely: higher walls and barbed wire will never offer solutions, talking together probably will. Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations are masterful, the wolves dance across the pages, as they move from bright, happy countryside to drab concrete bunker, and back again. ~ Andrea Reece


The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

It was time for the three little wolves to go out into the world, so they set off and built themselves a splendid brick house. But they hadn't reckoned on the big bad pig coming along with a sledgehammer...Witty, subversive and perfect for reading aloud, this hilarious twist on a classic tale has delighted children for decades.


“Every page is full of comic zest.” The Times

“. . . will have children giggling from the outset.” Kirkus Reviews

“. . . a singularly perfect picture book . . .” Junior Bookshelf

About the Author

Eugene Trivizas has written over 100 booksand is the winner of more than twenty national and international prizes and awards. His work has been adapted for stage, screen and radio.

Helen Oxenbury's warm and witty illustrations have charmed children and adults alike for many years. Her version of Alice in Wonderland, published by Walker Books, won the 2001 Kate Greenaway Award, which she first won in 1969 for The Quangle Wangle's Hat. She has also won the Smarties Book Prize three times.

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32 pages


Eugene Trivizas
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

29th January 2015




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