Illustrated by :Marianna Balducci
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Dimensions:12.06in x 8.69 x 0.4 in | 1.04 lb
Page Count:36 pages
Illustrations:FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
CLEVER CONCEPTUAL ART: The art is a combination of photography and painting — the pigs are painted onto a photograph of an abacus.
STEM AND STEAM: This book combines counting and storytelling, two hooks for the school and library markets.
HILARIOUS READ-ALOUD: The interplay between the narrator and the wolf will have kids laughing out loud, especially when they get to the twenty-six pig names and the soccer team: Olympic Baloney.
FRACTURED FAIRY TALE: The familiarity of The Three Little Pigs story adds to the humor and appeal.
One of Bookshop.org's Most Astonishingly Unconventional Books of 2022
One of Imagination Soup's Best Picture Books of 2022
"[A] clever take on metafiction that will appeal to both budding mathematicians and writers. . . . Creative visuals and storytelling make for an absorbing read and a great bridge for both math and writing activities." —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
"[A] brilliantly funny Scheherazadian counting book." —New York Times
"This is the perfect book for young readers looking for a good laugh . . . Better than a read-aloud, this is a read-along, to be acted out, guessed through, or counted out." —School Library Journal
"[W]ritten and illustrated in a clever manner that has been well-thought-out. Cali and Balducci both play a role in making this picture book as laugh-out-loud funny as it is. The story, itself, is a fractured fairy tale, and the inclusion of the narration of a disgruntled reader who is reflective of the real audience’s thoughts and attitudes adds that much more humour. . . . Highly recommended." —CM Magazine