Perfect Picture Book Friday-The Three Ninja Pigs

I am taking time out between punches and  kicks
for my favorite time of the week.
I bought a new book and
knew you’d want a look
So I’m happy to give you a peek.

The Three Ninja Pigs

Written by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Illustrated by Dan Santat

G. P. Putnam’s Sons 2012

Ages: 5-10

Theme: Fractured Fairy Tale

Synopsis: (From Corey Rosen Schwartz’s website) When the big bad wolf threatens their village, three pigs sign up for different martial arts lessons to prepare to take him down. Pig One and Pig Two don’t stick with their training, though, and are no match for their foe. But after practice and dedication, Pig Three becomes great at karate (including perfecting the perfect pork chop!) and saves the day.

Opening: Once upon a dangerous time,
a wolf loved to huff and to puff.
He’d go around town
and blow houses down
till three little pigs cried,

We’ve got to get rid of that bully!”
“We’re tired of letting him rule.”
“We must put an end
to this terrible trend.”
“Let’s train at that new
Ninja school!”

Resources: Corey Rosen Schwartz has an excellent Teacher’s Guide on her website HERE. It includes several activities. Read, Write, Think has this great tool for writing fractured fairy tales, HERE.

Why I Like This Book: If you read my reviews, you know I love rhyming picture books. This is perfect rhyme! Spectacular rhythm and meter. Corey Rosen Schwartz has taken a familiar tale and made it new in the cleverest of ways. It’s full of humor and action which will make it a favorite among children. Dan Santat’s illustrations will blow your house down! Just awesome!

Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.

37 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday-The Three Ninja Pigs

  1. Penny, great review of an awesome picture book! I LOVE Corey’s limerick-like rhyme…she is the rhymer extraordinaire in my book. 🙂 And I definitely believe that older kids still need picture books…here’s the perfect one! Wonderful message that encourages kids to put their heart and soul into their dreams and goals. 🙂


  2. I can’t wait to dig into the resources that go along with this book. It all looks like a fun read/treat!


  3. Love it already. Just from your review. It is on my hold list at the library. Some of my kindergarten kids are going to be so delighted – have some karate kids and some 3 pigs fans.


    1. It is hard to be patient. I want to buy every book out there so I won’t have to be on a waiting list, but I don’t have to money to do or the space! I did buy this one just based on the skill I have seen from Corey and the trailer. I;m so happy to have it in my collection.


  4. Did you get the age level from the publisher’s website? Because after all we heard at the conference this book should not exist – and what a pity that would be!!! Yeah for PBs for ‘older’ kids and yeah for Three Ninja Pigs! I think I need a 3NP t-shirt!


    1. Actually, I took a little liberty with the age level. It said 5 and up on Amazon. The publisher said 5-8. In my opinion as a retired teacher, I believe this book can be used for rhyming lessons and for creative writing with older kids writing fractured fairy tales. I think because of the martial arts connection that they would like the humor.


  5. Oh goodie! I’m so glad someone has added this to our PPB list, and I’m so glad that someone is YOU, Penny! Love your introductory poem! This book sounds so cool. Kiya!


  6. I was wondering who’d jump on this one to review it for PPBF. Between ninjas, the fractured fairy tale, and great rhyme, this sounds like a must-read for me. Thanks, Penny!


  7. I’m excited to read about pigs.
    Your review is a definite winner!
    When it comes to great rhyme,
    Corey’s perfect each time.
    But me, I’m just a beginner!


  8. Oh GOOD! I was really hoping someone would review this for PPBF this week. Thank you for the great addition and review, Penny!


  9. Well you certainly blew me away with your lovely review. So that’s what all the huffing and puffing is going on over here, you are into kick boxing or karate,…. or something!!! (just kidding) This is certainly one delightful story and I know rhyming is up there for you! Thanks for sharing Penny.


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