Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf! In this fractured fairy tale written by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Bruno Merz, the classic story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf is revisited and interwoven with a humorously presented lesson about spreading germs.

Three little pigs each leave home with money, a box of tissues, and mother pig’s gentle admonishment to please use a tissue when sneezing. Following the structure of the original fairy tale, the three little pigs each meet a seller and build homes from straw, stick, brick in turn.

Meanwhile, poor Big Bad is suffering from a nasty cold with a dreadful runny nose. All the (really quite nice) wolf wants when he knocks politely on the newly settled pigs’ doors is  A-A-A-A-TISSUE! * for his nose. But when each little pig in succession rejects his plea, Big Bad’s enormous, snotty, slimy, sneezes inadvertently blow their houses down!

Big Bad ultimately gets A-A-A-A-TISSUE! * that he so desperately needs, while the three little pigs get A-A-A-A-LESSON! * much deserved in sharing and germ control.

For other fun fractured versions of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, check out The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs allegedly by “A. Wolf” as told to Jon Scieszka and Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda.

Ages 4+


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