The Three Ninja Pigs

Illustrated by Dan Santat On Tour
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Hardcover
$18.99 US
| $25.99 CAN
On sale Sep 27, 2012 | 40 Pages | 9780399255144
Age 5-8 years | Grades K-3
Reading Level: Lexile AD630L
Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat.

Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren't going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons—he'll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu—he'll chop that guy to pieces!

But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren't quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA!

Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that'll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat's spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch! Be sure to look for just-as-clever companion books Ninja Red Riding Hood and Hensel & Gretel: Ninja Chicks!
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of the Year
Storytelling World Award Honor Book
Maryland Blue Crab Book Award Winner
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Montana’s Treasure State Award nominee
Bank Street Best Book of the Year

"A fractured fairy tale to outcharm the original, “The Three Ninja Pigs” manages to one-up the well-worn story by setting it in Japan, sprinkling it with the language and discipline of martial arts. All in hilarious, impeccable rhyme." —The New York Times Book Review

 "For young martial arts fans seeking a lighthearted book about their hobby, Schwartz’s story should fit the bill. . . . The idea of three gi-clad pigs fighting the big bad wolf is a winner." —Publishers Weekly

"A standout among fractured fairy tales, masterfully combining rollicking limerick verse with a solid story. . . . Have the contact info for the local dojo handy--readers will want to try out these martial-arts styles for themselves." —Kirkus Reviews

"This standout version has so much motion, action, and laughs, kids will feel like they’re hearing it for the first time. Schwartz’s clever rhyming text flows nicely, and illustrator Santat (who holds a black belt in shotokan) really gets into things." —Booklist
© Ari Dorfman
Corey Rosen Schwartz always longed to write a fractured fairy tale and got the perfect inspiration from her son. When he was three years old, he was asked if he spoke Spanish. His answer was: “No, but I speak a little karate.” Instantly, the idea hit her . . . the three little pigs could go to ninja school! Corey has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She is the author of Hop! Plop! and lives in Warren, New Jersey with her two kiddie-chans and incredibly patient husband-san. View titles by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated The Blur, Lift, and Drawn Together, both written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family. View titles by Dan Santat

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Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat.

Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren't going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons—he'll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu—he'll chop that guy to pieces!

But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren't quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA!

Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that'll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat's spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch! Be sure to look for just-as-clever companion books Ninja Red Riding Hood and Hensel & Gretel: Ninja Chicks!

Reviews

A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of the Year
Storytelling World Award Honor Book
Maryland Blue Crab Book Award Winner
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Montana’s Treasure State Award nominee
Bank Street Best Book of the Year

"A fractured fairy tale to outcharm the original, “The Three Ninja Pigs” manages to one-up the well-worn story by setting it in Japan, sprinkling it with the language and discipline of martial arts. All in hilarious, impeccable rhyme." —The New York Times Book Review

 "For young martial arts fans seeking a lighthearted book about their hobby, Schwartz’s story should fit the bill. . . . The idea of three gi-clad pigs fighting the big bad wolf is a winner." —Publishers Weekly

"A standout among fractured fairy tales, masterfully combining rollicking limerick verse with a solid story. . . . Have the contact info for the local dojo handy--readers will want to try out these martial-arts styles for themselves." —Kirkus Reviews

"This standout version has so much motion, action, and laughs, kids will feel like they’re hearing it for the first time. Schwartz’s clever rhyming text flows nicely, and illustrator Santat (who holds a black belt in shotokan) really gets into things." —Booklist

Author

© Ari Dorfman
Corey Rosen Schwartz always longed to write a fractured fairy tale and got the perfect inspiration from her son. When he was three years old, he was asked if he spoke Spanish. His answer was: “No, but I speak a little karate.” Instantly, the idea hit her . . . the three little pigs could go to ninja school! Corey has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She is the author of Hop! Plop! and lives in Warren, New Jersey with her two kiddie-chans and incredibly patient husband-san. View titles by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated The Blur, Lift, and Drawn Together, both written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family. View titles by Dan Santat

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