Picture Book Review: Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda

I guess I’m just a sucker for a good retelling of the three little pigs, because I love this book! This retelling, which makes excellent use of sparse wording and drawings that waste not a line, is going to be a great addition to your storytimes. Trust me! I could never tell the story of those scrappy pigs will only one sentence per page, but Claudia Rueda does it so beautifully in Huff and Puff  that the book reads more like a minimalist poem than anything else. “First pig building a house. First pig inside the house. One wolf huffing and puffing.” Also a delight are the ink and watercolor illustrations, which really spotlight the focus of each page by surrounding them with crisp white space. There are also delightful die-cut circles that encourage readers to huff and puff themselves, becoming the wolf! This retelling even ends with a sweet treat for everyone, making it a perfect story for toddlers and up.


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