The True Story of the Three Little Pigs?!? Have we been lied to for all these years? We had to know, so we added this book by Jon Scieszka to our January reading list. After reading Mr. Wolf’s full testimonial, however, we were a bit skeptical. We also think Mr. Wolf needs to understand that words mean things.
We were with Mr. Wolf through the first half of the book. We agree that his taste for cute and cuddly animals puts him at a public relations disadvantage; if cheeseburgers were considered cute, he queries, would people who eat cheeseburgers not also be considered “Big” and “Bad”? His explanation for heading out to see the three pigs seems reasonable as well: he needed to borrow a cup of sugar for granny’s cake.
However, he started to lose us when, after accidentally blowing down two perfectly good houses, he decides to eat the deceased inhabitants. While his desire not to be wasteful is admirable (hey – free ham!), how do any of us know they were really dead and just not knocked out? Eventually he is foiled by the third pig and his brick house, so he throws a tantrum and is hauled in by the cops for disturbing the peace. We did not like the tantrum – that kind of behavior is never acceptable, and it was particularly disconcerting from an individual who presents himself as calm, cool, and collected.
In the end, he claims to have been “framed” – and here is where we have our biggest quarrel with Mr. Wolf: had he been framed, someone else would have been guilty of all the transgressions he explains away in his yarn – yet he never once denies that it was him all along. We hope that Mr. Wolf will see the error of his ways, and that he will get a dictionary (and enroll in some anger management counseling for his propensity to throw tantrums). For now we are not planning to visit him to give him that elusive cup of sugar.
We found this tale identified as “laugh out loud” funny on a list of books for International Belly-Laugh Day. We didn’t think it was quite at that level, but Sciescka’s venture into fairy tale “true crime” writing, was fun to read aloud – and really fun to review.