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]


The wolf is trying to set the story straight of how he came to be 'big and bad'. It's the story of the 3 little pigs from the perspective of Alexander T. Wolf. At the beginning of the book he plans a cake for his grandmother's birthday. He checks in his cabinet for sugar, but finds nothing. He goes to ask his neighbors, the pigs, for some sugar. They didnt want to give the wolf sugar so he ate the three little pigs. The end result is three hams for dinner, Mr. Wolf in jail and his poor sweet granny gets no birthday cake.

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.