If you come to my house, you will probably get roped into playing The Three Little Pigs. My 4-year-old will dictate who will be the wolf and who will be the pigs. Or from a different version, who will be the rigs and the big, bad wrecking ball. Or even the aliens and the big, bad robot (read on!). My boys love the repetitive lines that involve huffing and puffing and chinny-chin-chins. There is something about the themes of good vs. evil and outsmarting the villain that captures the imagination.
If you read the original tale, though, only the smartest (brick house) pig survives the wolf's attacks and outsmarts him a number of times before the wolf comes down the chimney and the pig boils him and eats him for supper. Needless to say, most of the retellings I've come across go the route of the first and second pig running to the next sibling for help and the wolf getting away with only a scalding at the end. I prefer this change myself, and it seems that taking the harshness out of the story has opened the door for some fabulous fractured fairy tales. Enjoy!
The Three Little Pigs by Steven Kellogg - In this silly and delightful rendition, the pigs are waffle entrepreneurs who are frightened when the wolf, Tempesto, turns their quiet world upside-down. Sporting a shirt that says, "Say YES to THUGS", the wolf, as expected, has a bad temper and a big appetite. And he hates waffles. Luckily the pigs' mama, Serafina Sow, receives the airmailed request for help (Don't skip the title page or you will miss this part!) and arrives just in the nick of time.