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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Huff…Puff…Grind! by Lois Wickstrom is an educational children’s picture book that is a modern-day twist on the long-told tale of The Three Little Pigs. In this version, the three pigs are not just any old run of the mill average-minded pigs. They are highly educated pigs who know how to build strong wolf-proof houses out of sticks, hay, and bricks. The narrative style is entertaining and informative and manages to provide a plethora of inviting illustrations created by Francie Mion throughout its 24 pages.
Lois Wickstrom’s Huff…Puff…Grind! definitely took me right back into my childhood. The Three Little Pigs was one of the staple children’s books in my house, as I imagine it is for many growing up. I am always fascinated by the different variations of the story and I was with this one. It really brought the world of adults into the children’s arena and made it truly fascinating. I can see little boys and girls wanting to be architects just based on this book, or at least wanting to learn more about architecture from the book. The illustrations by artist Francie Mion made the words on the page become even more alive than they already were; the colors chosen were mainly pastels and created a soft environment for young eyes. I feel that many readers could get a lot out of this children’s book. Young readers, as well as those who are young at heart, will be able to find something in Lois Wickstrom’s Huff…Puff…Grind! that will resonate within them.