We are all familiar with “The Three Little Pigs”, and some of us know the rebuttal story titled The True Story of the Three Little Pigs where the big bad wolf tells his version of “what really happened”. Judy Sierra, author of Wild About Books and The Sleepy Little Alphabet, puts a new spin on some of the most recognized storybook characters in Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf. A review by Publishers Weekly rates interest level to suit children ages 5 – 8.
Much time has passed and now the big bad wolf is in a retirement home for villains. Still embarrassed about his past actions he makes a visit to the local library hoping to “clear his name” once and for all. Other “retired” fairy tale characters are in attendance hoping B.B. Wolf will come clean. As you can probably guess B.B. Wolf begins to provide an outrageous spin regarding his encounter with the three pigs (also now retired and in attendance).
Skeptical remarks from his audience arises. “Isn’t that wolf’s nose getting longer?” asks Pinocchio. “It’s a cooked-up, half-baked tale,” snaps the Gingerbread Boy. The three little pigs squeal, “Tell the truth, B.B Wolf!” This leaves the wolf begging for forgiveness. And, as always in fairy tales, there is a happy ending! Moral of the story? Leave your keiki to tell you!