Professor Goose Debunks The Three Little Pigs

Tundra. (Professor Goose Debunks Fairy Tales: Bk. 2). Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780735267329.
Gr 2-5–Bourgeois (the “Franklin the Turtle” series) adds a new title to the “Professor Goose Debunks” line with this STEM-themed adaptation of the “Three Little Pigs.” The good professor deploys STEM concepts to debunk the story’s key tropes, such as how easily the wolf could blow down the pigs’ houses. The transition between story and analysis is abrupt when the plot point the goose is debunking is not obvious. Still, adult readers can make up a framing question to ease the transitions, i.e., “Do you think the wolf could blow down the pig’s house that easily?” The text is otherwise playful and creative, providing many interesting facts and thorough explanations of STEM concepts. The illustrations are cartoony with vibrant colors that will draw readers in and have them storming through other fairy tales and nursery rhymes looking for flaws in logic and physics.
VERDICT A thought-provoking expansion of the classic fairy tale that children didn’t know they needed, this will find numerous applications in the classroom.

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