The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Author Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith
Cover artist Lane Smith
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's book
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Pages 32
ISBN 0-14-054056-3
OCLC 43158890

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is a children's book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Released in a number of editions since its first release in 1989, it is a parody of The Three Little Pigs as told by the Big Bad Wolf, known in the book as "A. Wolf," short for "Alexander T. Wolf." The book was honored by the American Library Association as an ALA Notable Book.[1]


At the beginning of the book Alexander T. Wolf plans a cake for his grandmother's birthday. He checks in his cabinet for sugar, but finds nothing. So he decides to go to the pig with the house made of straw. Although the pig won't let him come in Alexander then starts to sneeze (because of his bad cold). After eating the first pig, he goes to the pigs house made of sticks for sugar, but is given the same word as the first pig. Wolf eventually sneezes again and finds the body of the second pig and devours it. After that the Wolf goes to the pigs house made of bricks and asks him for sugar, but gets the same word as the second pig. Wolf sneezes again but the brick house remains intact, despite Wolf sneezes again and again and starts to get tired, Wolf tries to break the third pigs door, but the police found him trying to break down the pig's door, and news reporters wrote the story. After that the Wolf was put in prison for 10 years for eating the two pigs. At the end of the book Wolf asks politely to the police pigs if they have a cup of sugar.

Critical Reception[edit]

Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[2] It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Molly Dunham Glassman. "Writing team creates comedy for children," Baltimore Sun, reprinted in Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 18, 1992, page 2F.
  2. ^ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 6, 2012). "Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results". School Library Journal "A Fuse #8 Production" blog. Retrieved August 22, 2012.