Thursday, March 8, 2012

Huff & Puff - a review

Rueda, Claudia. 2012. Huff & Puff: Can you blow down the houses of the three little pigs? New York: Abrams.

I was going to include this in a picture book roundup, but it's just so cute that it's going to get its own post.

Though traditional folk and fairy tales are part of our shared culture, it's difficult to find a version simple enough to share with toddlers in a meaningful way.  Huff & Puff makes this look easy.  With  sparse and straightforward text (only one line per plain white page),

First pig building a house.

First pig inside the house.
One wolf huffing and puffing,
and delightfully innocent-looking pigs, you'd think that Huff & Puff couldn't get any better.  But wait, there's more.  Each time the wolf comes along, the reader is presented with the wall of the house (straw, stick and brick) and a hole for, you guessed it, huffing and puffing!  The reader is the wolf! All the illustrations are drawn with a wolf's-eye view, including the birthday cake with candles that awaits the wolf on the final page.

Three pigs and one wolf are happy.

This book is an offering from Abrams' new imprint, Abrams Appleseed

Advance Reader Copy provided by the publisher.

Read the Kirkus review here.
Oh why didn't I look at this one yesterday before I did a pig-themed storytime?

1 comment:

  1. It is so wonderful to know that great story writing comes from all corners of the world. Our 3 children under 10 are so looking forward to their mum reading this new bed time story. They hate TV. Thank you Claudia, Love frm Australia