This book is truly hilarious. I was reading it to a class of children and couldn’t stop myself from laughing out loud! It is a twist on a classic tale, as the name suggests, about three little wolves that leave their mother to build a house. The first house built of bricks gets knocked down by the BIG BAD PIG who uses a sledge hammer. The second house built of concrete, gets knocked down by a pneumatic drill. The third house, built of the strongest materials imaginable, gets blown up by dynamite.
The final house is built with flowers, and when the BIG BAD PIG comes along to blow down the house, he breathes in the beautiful sent of the flowers, realises the error or his ways, becomes a nice pig, and ends up living and playing with the little wolves. The humour in this story, especially as a first time reader is due to the unexpected way in which the houses are destroyed. The illustrations really capture the narrative, and especially the dramatic ways that the houses are destroyed.
Children seem to love the twist on this story and the drama and action that occurs through out. There is also a moral about behaviour at the end, as the pig changes his ways, but not by being forced, but through experiencing something that he found beautiful. The style of the book is large, so it is good to read to large groups of children.