The Three Ninja Pigs
Corey Rosen Schwartz
illustrated by Dan Santat
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, An Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2012
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool, Elementary School
When you are a pig and you hear all sorts of awful things about a wolf going around and huffing and puffing and blowing down houses and eating pigs…don’t you think you would want to do something about it? Well these three pigs do! They decide to go to school to learn how to be NINJAS! Two of the pigs don’t practice or really learn the art of being ninjas. They just pick up a few good moves and think that they will be able to teach that wolf a lesson. But, seeing how they still have straw and stick homes, they obviously don’t really know how to follow through. The third pig does stick it out. Not only does she learn all about being a good ninja and has a house of bricks, she can SMASH the bricks with her hand.
This is a rhyming fun story that I could either tell in storytime or I could read it (if the kids have longer attention spans…which would depend upon what group I happen to have in storytime on the day I do pigs or ninjas or wolves). But, no matter if I tell it or read it, this is a great addition to the ninja picture book realm.I like how it is a spoof of a classic story. I actually liked when I read the book out loud. (Sometimes I like books in my head a whole lot more than out loud.) I like that ending and how the third pig didn’t even have to fight with the wolf, she just showed her moves and scared the wolf away. I think teachers could even use this book as an example of changing stories. Then I would make the elementary school kids rewrite another fairytale with ninjas. That would be happy! Yeah, I basically thought this was a fun book. Can’t wait until I can use it…until then I will have to read it to my 4-year-old nephew. He was a ninja for Halloween. And he likes ninjas A LOT. And he likes it when I read stories to him. I have a feeling we will read this one over and over again…
And let’s face it, any story is better with NINJAS!