The Three Pigs

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The Three Pigs
CM ThreePigs.jpg
AuthorDavid Wiesner
IllustratorDavid Wiesner
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherClarion/Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
[E] 21
LC ClassPZ7.W6367 Th 2001

The Three Pigs is a children's picture book written and illustrated by David Wiesner. Published in 2001, the book is based on the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs, though in this story they step out of their own tale and wander into others, depicted in different illustration styles. Wiesner won the 2002 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations, Wiesner's second of three such medals.[1]


The story starts with three pigs who decided to build a house. However, two of the three pigs love to play. The other is very responsible and hardworking. He advised the other two pigs to build a good house in case the wolf comes. The first pig, the laziest, made his house out of straw. The second pig, who is not very responsible made his house out of sticks because it was easier and faster. The third pig, who is hard-working made his house out of bricks. Therefore, the third one took longer to finish up his house and the other two made fun of him. According to Amazon Editorial Reviews, when the wolf approaches the first house and blows it in, he blows the pig right out of the story frame. Then the wolf ate the pig up. "One by one, the pigs exit the fairy tale's border and set off on an adventure of their own. Folding a page of their own story into a paper airplane, the pigs fly off to visit other storybooks, rescuing about-to-be-slain dragons and luring the cat and the fiddle out of their nursery rhyme."

Cancelled film[edit]

In May 2002, it was reported that the book was optioned to Walt Disney Feature Animation,[2] and its development was announced in December 2003 as a 2D/3D animated hybrid film.[3] However, the project was eventually taken off the schedule and was cancelled for unknown reasons.


  • The flying fish picture is a parody of Wiesner's first Caldecott Medal-winning picture book Tuesday.


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ Bing, Jonathan (May 7, 2002). "Disney's wiggy for piggy bank". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Dunkley, Cathy (December 18, 2003). "Disney toons duo to adapt 'Three Pigs'". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
Preceded by
So You Want to Be President?
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
My Friend Rabbit