‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ 25th Anniversary

Sometimes the villains in books and shows get a really bad rap. Perhaps they are simply misunderstood. Author Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs tells the classic story from the point of view of A. Wolf (yes, that’s his real name). It’s been 25 years since Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith teamed up to write The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and getting the book published was an adventure onto itself.

“I love telling the story to kids, and adults, too, when they think there is some magical secret to getting published,” Scieszka says about looking back on how True Story came to be. “I was painting apartments and working on my M.F.A. at Columbia,” he recalls, “and I was sending out short, funny fiction for adults to magazines like Esquire and the New Yorker. Of course, nobody wanted it.” He then landed a job teaching elementary school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “Because a pre-med undergrad degree and a writing M.F.A. are the perfect qualifications for a first grade assistant!” he jokes.

Get the full story at Publisher’s Weekly.

StoryMakers host Rocco Staino caught up with Jon Scieszka at the Carle Honors; watch the video now!

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