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1001 Stories Collection

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

1001 The Three Little Wolvesandthe Big Bad Pig
Added on 16th August 2020

Author Eugene Trevizas
Illustrator Helen Oxenbury
First published 1993
Publisher Heinemann, UK

Funny Folk and fairy tales
1001

An imaginative story that turns a traditional fairy tale on its head.

Story

The story turns the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs on its head. Here the three little wolves try to build a house solid enough to save them from the Big Bad Pig.

Why we chose it

An imaginative take on a well-known traditional tale. Children love inverted fairy tales - and love to create their own imaginative versions of favourite traditional stories.

Where it came from

As well as being a children’s author, Trevizas is also a lawyer and leading academic criminologist. He says that he likes to write fairy tales for children because he never wants stories to end. He always likes to imagine what might happen next. He wants to write stories that parents will enjoy as well as children.

Where it went next

Trevizas turned the story into a musical, writing the book and lyrics himself with music by Rick Hip-Flores.

Associated stories

Eugene Trevizas has written over a hundred books for children in his native Greece and is one of the most popular children’s authors in Greece.

Helen Oxenbury is one of the best known and best loved children’s illustrators. She won the 1969 Greenaway Award for The Quangle Wangle’s Hat and the 2001 Greenaway for Alice in Wonderland.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith is another inverted retelling of the pigs’ story.

Added on 16th August 2020

Author Eugene Trevizas
Illustrator Helen Oxenbury
First published 1993
Publisher Heinemann, UK

Funny Folk and fairy tales
1001