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The Three Pigs: 08/15/13
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner takes the classic fairytale and spins it into a metafiction exploration of children's books.
The book starts ordinarily with the big bad wolf going after the first pig. He blows the house of straw down and the force of his breath pushes the pig right out of the panel!
One by one the pigs escape. They go between the book and into other books, some of which are classic nursery rhymes and some are Wiesner's books. As the pigs run between books how they are drawn changes to fit the new book.
The pig's quick feet, their self-awareness and genre savvy gives them the advantage. They are able to make friends, get back home and vanquish the wolf.
Fans of Weisner's books will like The Three Pigs. People expecting a straight up retelling of the story probably won't.