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Three Little Pigs

We were at the Friends of Fairfax House Concert last night, which is where my attention was drawn to this little ditty, from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, 1982. Try reading it aloud:


The animal I really dig,
Above all others is the pig.
Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
Pigs are courteous. However,
Now and then, to break this rule,
One meets a pig who is a fool.
What, for example, would you say,
If strolling through the woods one day,
Right there in front of you you saw
A pig who’d built his house of STRAW?
The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
And said, “That pig has had his chips.”

“Little pig, little pig, let me come in!”
“No, no, by the hairs on my chinny-chin-chin!”
“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!”

The little pig began to pray,
But Wolfie blew his house away.
He shouted, “Bacon, pork and ham!
Oh, what a lucky Wolf I am!”
And though he ate the pig quite fast,
He carefully kept the tail till last.
Wolf wandered on, a trifle bloated.
Surprise, surprise, for soon he noted
Another little house for pigs,
And this one had been built of TWIGS!

“Little pig, little pig, let me come in!”
“No, no, by the hairs on my chinny-chin-chin!”
“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!”

The Wolf said, “Okay, here we go!”
He then began to blow and blow.
The little pig began to squeal.
He cried, “Oh Wolf, you’ve had one meal!
Why can’t we talk and make a deal?
The Wolf replied, “Not on your nelly!”
And soon the pig was in his belly.

“Two juicy little pigs!” Wolf cried,
“But still I’m not quite satisfied!
I know how full my tummy’s bulging,
But oh, how I adore indulging.”
So creeping quietly as a mouse,
The Wolf approached another house,
A house which also had inside
A little piggy trying to hide.
“You’ll not get me!” the Piggy cried.
“I’ll blow you down!” the Wolf replied.
“You’ll need,” Pig said, “a lot of puff,
And I don’t think you’ve got enough.”
Wolf huffed and puffed and blew and blew.
The house stayed up as good as new.

“If I can’t blow it down,” Wolf said,
I’ll have to blow it up instead.
I’ll come back in the dead of night
And blow it up with dynamite!”
Pig cried, “You brute! I might have known!”
Then, picking up the telephone,
He dialed as quickly as he could
The number of red Riding Hood.

“Hello,” she said. “Who’s speaking? Who?
Oh, hello, Piggy, how d’you do?”
Pig cried, “I need your help, Miss Hood!
Oh help me, please! D’you think you could?”
“I’ll try of course,” Miss Hood replied.
“What’s on your mind…?” “A Wolf!” Pig cried.
“I know you’ve dealt with wolves before,
And now I’ve got one at my door!”

“My darling Pig,” she said, “my sweet,
That’s something really up my street.
I’ve just begun to wash my hair.
But when it’s dry, I’ll be right there.”

A short while later, through the wood,
Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze,
And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
And spit was dripping from his jaw.
Once more the maiden’s eyelid flickers.
She draws the pistol from her knickers.
Once more she hits the vital spot,
And kills him with a single shot.
Pig, peeping through the window, stood
And yelled, “Well done, Miss Riding Hood!”

Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
Young ladies from the upper crust.
For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
Not only has two wolfskin coats,
But when she goes from place to place,

7 Responses to “Three Little Pigs”

  1. grasshopper says:

    Thanks for that rhyme. Roald Dahl’s verses always make me smile.

    jb says: Hi Grasshopper. I’d heard it read before and then forgot about it. When it came up again I thought I should pass it on.

  2. Jennyta says:

    Roald Dahl is required reading in primary schools – the children love him and they definitely love Revolting Rhymes.

    jb says: It’s good to know that. I can’t remember what we got in primary school but I think you had to be dead to qualify. Later they hit us with Kipling and Walter Scott.

  3. Sheridan Berry says:

    This post made me remember my childhood days. When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me stories and fairytales. The story of the three little pigs was one of my favorite stories and every time I hear this story, I feel that I remain to be a child who is fond of hearing childhood stories.

  4. Ryan Bayron says:

    And here I thought this was the original poem on which the 3 little pigs was based. What a pleasant surprise at the end!

  5. wood shed says:

    HAHAHA. Did I just took a glimpse of childhood? Memory lane, anyone? I burst out laughing after reading that humurous piece of poetry. Thanks a lot.

  6. Jonathon says:

    haha, what a great read out loud.
    I must say I love Roald Dahl, my fav is The Witches – I have fond memories of watching that as a kid.
    I like the size of the font on your blog – easy to read. Is that 18 georgia?