Favorite Versions of The Three Little Pigs


My kids LOVE the story of The Three Little Pigs.  It’s seriously their favorite story of ALL TIME.  This obsession has been going on for the last couple years and so over that time we have read a lot of different versions.  We have read many more than the ones on this list, but these have been our favorites.  I prefer the versions where the first two pigs run to their sibling’s house rather than being eaten by the wolf.

My son was especially obsessed with The Three Little Pigs shortly before he turned three and so we had his birthday party completely based around the story and he was in heaven!  I’ll write a post about that party soon and add a link to it here!


Here are our favorite versions!


The Three Little Pigs by Ed Byron

This is my favorite one for reading a pretty straight forward version of the story.  It is a modernized version, but doesn’t have twists and changes the way some other versions do.  This one is a great choice for initially introducing the story.



The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague

We own this one and have read it SO many times.  It’s basically the story of the wolf getting hangry and blowing the pigs houses down as a result.  But they work everything out in the end.  The pictures are vivid and the happy ending is appealing.




Three Little Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz

The pigs take martial arts classes so they’re ready to stand up to the wolf, but only one pig has been keeping up on their practice!  The text is really fun for reading aloud and the illustrations have a great comic book feel.




Blow Your Nose Big Bad Wolf by Steve Smallman

This is part of the Fairytales Gone Wrong series.  Each book tells the basic story of the fairy tale and then changes some things about the end to teach a life lesson.  In this case the wolf has a bad cold and is looking for a tissue so accidentally knocks the houses down when he sneezes.  The wolf and the pigs learn about spreading germs.




The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell

I grew up in the Southwest and read this book as a child.  It’s a fun new flavor to the story with javelinas (wild pigs), a coyote, and some new building materials.




The Three Little Tamales by Eric A Kimmel

This is another Southwestern retelling with runaway tamales and a Senor Lobo.  There are Spanish words sprinkled throughout with a helpful glossary and pronunciation guide in the front.





The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist

It was really fun for my kids to discover this book with a new setting, new animals, and new building materials, but the same familiar story!  It’s one of our most read among this list (and among all books in general!)





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

I read this one many, many times as a child and thought it was a entertaining spin on the story with much different building materials and a unique resolution.  It was fun to be able to introduce it to my kids as well.




The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

This is probably the version that the most people are familiar with!  I feel like it kind of paved the way in making retellings cool- and especially retelling a familiar story from the villain’s perspective.



Watch Out for Wolf! by Anica Mrose Rissi

The little pigs are preparing for a birthday party and keep reminding each other to watch out for wolf.  As an adult I saw the twist coming from the beginning, but my three year old was so surprised and it was so fun to see her reaction.


See Also:


Favorite Versions of Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings


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