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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Review: The Three Ninja Pigs

The three ninja pigs of this story dress in coloured suits and masks and everywhere they go, they wreak havoc (HEE-YA!), that is until they are sent on a mission somewhere else, with the admonition “No … more ... TROUBLE!”

This happens repeatedly and their journey takes them from home to a house in the forest, over a bridge, to a building site and then a shop. All these places are recognisable because The Three Ninja Pigs is an amusing mashup of multiple fairy tales, namely The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, and Rapunzel (plus a couple of others).

The fairy tales are not just in the written story, there are lots of visual clues as well - look out for the funny green troll. The wolf who appears throughout the story gets his comeuppance too, as in all good fairy tales, and it’s worth the wait.

Apparently inspired by David Bedford’s three-year-old daughter, there is much craziness throughout The Three Ninja Pigs, accompanied by Becka Moor’s wacky, colourful illustrations, which offer lots of detail to pour over and perfectly suit the story.

Title: The Three Ninja Pigs
Author: David Bedford
Illustrator: Becka Moor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471121913
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book

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