10 Clever Three Little Pigs Retellings

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Introduce your children to the Three Little Pigs original story and then read the clever picture book variations and retellings of this classic fairy tale!

In the original story, the first pig builds his house out of straw. When the Big Bad Wolf arrives, he says, “I’ll puff and I’ll puff and blow your house down.” The pigs said, “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.” But the wolf huffs and he puffs and he blows the house down. The pig scampers to his sibling’s house, a house of sticks. The same thing happens and the wolf blows that down, also. So the pigs rush to their brother’s brick house. And the big bad wolf can’t blow down that! In some versions, the pigs set the wolf on fire when he comes down the chimney. And, they lived happily ever after!

Clever Three Little Pigs Retellings

Three Little Pigs Retellings

The Three Little Pigs by Tiger Tales
This picture book tells the classic story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. Read on to find more children’s books with unexpected twists and retellings!

Too Many Pigs and One Big Bad Wolf by Davide Cali and Marianna Balducci
Clever, hilarious, and filled with juicy things like counting and storytelling with a demanding reader, this picture book begs for multiple readings. The narrator begins with a short, two-sentence story about the three little pigs on the abacus that the wolf eats. Except, the reader demands a longer story, breaking the fourth wall. So the narrator tries again, adding more pigs to the abacus and more short stories. Count all the pigs and notice the pigs grouped by colors and numbers. Fantastic!

No Lie, Pigs (And Their Houses) Can Fly! The Story of the Three Little Pigs as Told by the Wolf by Jessica Gunderson, illustrated by  Cristian Bernardini
Poor wolf, he has Uncontrollable Breathing Syndrome. (Don’t we all!?) Only his breaths are gusts of wind. This really can be misinterpreted by the other wolves who bully him and the pigs who might think he’s out to eat them. Funny with a warm-hearted ending.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
You’ve only heard this story from the perspective of the pigs. Now the wolf tells his side of the story! It’s hilarious as it deftly shows children how the story we are told depends on the narrator. A funny story that kids love!

The Three Ninja Pigs by Coren Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
These three little pigs want to fight back. The first takes Aikido lessons, the second learns Jujitsu, but the third pig is the one who stops the wolf with her karate. GO, PIGS, GO!

It’s Not the Three Little Pigs by Josh Funk, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor
The four little pigs (Alison is the 4th) are setting off to build their own houses. Alison works to convince the narrator of her creative plan, breaking the fourth wall. Hilarity ensues — and you’ll love this funny new version of The Three Little Pigs.

The Three Little Guinea Pigs by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Amy Young
I love this adorable Three Little Pigs retelling! Rosie, Minty, and Pumpkin are guinea pigs leave home, but they’re worried about the scary fox. When the fox arrives at the first house, he huffs and puffs and blows both the straw house and their cardboard box down. They arrive at Minty’s house, and the pigs trick him into eating their “tails,” aka. three balloon strings. When the fox pops the balloons, the fox runs away because he’s scared by the popping noise. The pigs (who don’t have tails) dance around for joy.

Endlessly Ever After by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Dan Santat
Make decisions as you read classic fairy tales like “The Three Little Pigs” and “Snow White.” Your choices make the stories hilarious, each story different than the original. Beautifully illustrated.

The Three Little Tamales by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Valeria Docampo
This is a combination story of the Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs with a Mexican twist. A tortilla warns the three tamales that they will be eaten, so they run to build their own houses. One builds a house out of sagebrush, another builds a house out of cornstalks, and the last tamal builds a house of cactus. When Señor Lobo arrives, whose house will stand his big breaths?

Alaska’s Three Pigs by Arlene Laverde, illustrated by Mindy Dwyer
You’ll love the charming pigs from Alaska who camp, fish, ski, …and build homes. Learn more about Alaska as you cheer on these daring pigs.

Is the Three Little Pigs a fairy tale?

Yes, the Three Little Pigs is a fairy tale not a fable because it doesn’t teach a life lesson like a fable does.

What was The Three Little Pigs original name?

The Three Little Pigs were Fiddler Pig, Fifer Pig, and Practical Pig.

Introduce your children to the Three Little Pigs original story and then read the clever variations and retellings of this fairy tale!


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