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  The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Paperback) 

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Fairy Tales & Folklore; Book Theme: Animals

"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka is a funny fractured fairy tale story retold from the point of the view of the wolf. According to Alexander T. Wolf, everybody has not read the true story of the three little pigs. He claims he has only gone to the three little pigs' houses to get a cup of sugar for his dear old granny's birthday cake. He blows the first two pigs' houses down because he happens to have sneezing fits from a bad cold. The third pig says nasty words about his grandma, so he tries to knock down the pig's front door. Newspaper reporters distort the true story and frame him as a big bad wolf. Lane Smith's simple and expressive illustrations help tell a good story. This comical picture book appeals to children in kindergarten and first grade. Older kids and adults will also find it a fun story to read.

  James and the Giant Peach (Paperback) 

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl, Lane Smith (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Insects and Spiders

"James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl is an imaginative children's fantasy book. After James Trotter drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the peach at the top of the tree grows to an enormous size; so do some insects under the peach tree. James escapes from his nasty aunts and embarks on a great adventure with his giant insect friends in the giant peach. Many kids will find the story funny and exciting, although the chapter book has a slightly dark side. "James and the Giant Peach" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.