Too many pigs and one big bad wolf
Davide Calì, Marianna Balducci
photography by Marianna Balducci and Fabio Gervasoni
Tundra books (Penguin random house)
An unseen reader goes head-to-head with the big bad wolf in this hilarious counting-book twist on The Three Little Pigs.
Once upon a time, there were three little pigs.
Then the wolf ate them.
This story is too short! I want a longer one!
In this clever counting book, the big bad wolf doesn’t want to tell a long story. He wants to get to the eating part. But the reader has other ideas. From a pig soccer team to a pig for every letter of the alphabet to 101 pigs in an animated movie, the stories get more and more fantastical . . . but they’re always too short and they ALL end the same way.
Using an abacus as the basis for her illustrations, Marianna creates beguiling little pigs and a menacing but slightly bored wolf that perfectly complement the inventive story by Davide Cali. Come for the counting, stay for the storytelling! This book has it all.