Friday, 13 December 2013

The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf by Liz Pichon (Little Tiger Press)

The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf

Written and Illustrated by
Liz Pichon

Published by Little Tiger Press

We love a good mixed-up fairy tale and though we've loaned this from the library before, we never managed to review it. Time to correct that as Liz Pichon's "The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf" is riotously funny and excellent fun to read aloud.

A mummy pig gets fed up with her three troublesome piggies, and kicks them out into the harsh cruel world to fend for themselves. As they're fairly nasty little blighters, they don't actually mind this - but need somewhere new to stay.

One pig decides to build an appallingly unsafe looking house from straw that he's stolen from the cow's feeding trough. A friendly handyman wolf happens to pass by and offers his help, but bad piggy number one tells him (rather impolitely) to get lost!

Similar situations happen when the other bad piggies try to build a house of sticks, and one piggy is too lazy to even bother building anything - so barges into the chicken house and takes over.

Enough is enough, the wolf - kindly as he is - draws the line at his chicken friends being ousted, so invites them to stay with him in his lovely brick house instead.

Piggies being piggies don't put up with uncomfortable conditions for long, so when the brothers spy Wolfie and his chicken pals having a lovely time, they formulate a plan to sneak down the chimney and take over the wolf's house...

We'll leave you to discover the hilarious conclusion. This book is brilliantly funny and entertaining, and neatly flips the Three Little Pigs story on its head (it's actually quite nice to have a good wolf in a story for a change rather than a slathering evil one!)

An awesome book! Don't miss it!

Charlotte's best bit: Those naughty piggies have the most disgusting manners, ew!

Daddy's Favourite bit: There's such a neat turn of events about ¾ of the way through the book when you think Wolfie has truly had enough and might've snapped but..ahhh you must read it and find out the rest!