August 8, 2014
The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
The Three Ninja Pigs
by Corey Rosen Schwartz
illustrated by Dan Santat
Once upon a time, or so the story goes, times were dangerous and a wolf went around blowing down houses until three pigs decided that they had had enough. They enrolled in the local ninja school.
Suffice it to say that all three pigs were not equally good students. The first little pig quickly grew bored. He could say he studied and that might have been enough if his house wasn’t made out of straw.
The second little pig could put on a good show but that wasn’t enough to save his bamboo house.
Fortunately, their sister, the third pig, had dedicated herself to her studies, emerging from the school with her final belt.
Whether your young reader loves fractured fairy tales, studies tae kwan do or is a fan of martial arts movies, there is a lot to love in this tale. Schwartz’s story is fast-paced with humorous dialogue, just like in the movies, and Santat’s illustrations pack a humorous punch. I especially love the “power lines” that radiate out whenever our porcine heroine strikes a victorious blow.
In terms of book design think graphic novel with panels and flamboyant action.
And if you read this at bed time, don’t be surprised when your little pig ends up standing on the bed practicing kicks and punches.