The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

How will the three little wolves deal with big bad pig? How will they face his attacks  once their enemy decides to huff and puff and blow their houses down? And when he does not blow, the sneaky pig uses its tools; sledgehammer, drill and even dynamite. The three little wolves build a stronger house every time, with more durable materials and stronger foundations, but the ending is always the same. Will the tall walls, the cement doors, the steel barbed wire and the thirty seven padlocks protect them from fury of the big bad pig?

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A classic fairy tale that of The Three Little Pigs of James Halliwell Phillips is reversed by the skilful and accomplished storyteller Eugene Trivizas . I dare say that Trivizas, a craftsman of fantasy and messenger of love, is promoting themes of reconciliation and mutual understanding. The end of the fairy tale allows a feeling of catharsis to be present in the souls and minds of the readers. The big bad pig reminds of Aesop’s lion who had a thorn on his paw and roared out of anger and pain. The three little wolves, when they create something out of love and passion and not out of fear, manage to pull the thorn from the heart of the big bad pig and transform him from evil and sly to a friend. Let us also recall that etymologically that the adjective ὕπουλος (Greek for sly, that the author uses abundantly in the original text) initially meant under the scar as well as the one who carries hidden wounds.

A truly admirable piece of work with pleasant watercolour illustration by Helen Oxenbury addressed to children aged 3-12.

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