Two different fairy tales


This is an update of yesterday’s post.

London has really been partying today, and many of you will have seen the coverage of the Royal Wedding.

We are very lucky to live in the middle of London, but it wasn’t really an option to stroll out and bag a great place this morning: so many people had planned for today very carefully and secured their views by turning up before it was light or even camping out for days (I saw the first tents on Wednesday morning).

I have two girls, who were more interested in event than they were readily willing to acknowledge, both being past the pink princess stage. We watched much of the lead-up and the ceremony on TV. They liked the trees and the music (top marks to timpani man), and the dress more than passed muster even with the sartorially-critical child. Then, in the lull before the balcony appearance, my older child said she thought we ought to go out and see what was happening on the ground. We arrived at the south side of Buckingham Palace about ten minutes before the wedding party came out onto the balcony. I can’t say the view was great, but I was able to catch sight of them, and, by lifting up older child (something I don’t do often these days), she was able to see them too, even if they did look like dressed-up ants at that distance. What was amazing was to be out in the sun and part of a crowd of a million people (that’s what the BBC is estimating) all of whom seemed to be in a good mood. There were British people and non-Brits, people in wheelchairs and babies in buggies and slings, couples and families with grandparents and kids, people in sensible jeans and tee-shirts and people in wigs and wedding dresses.

We came home and made chocolate eclairs for people who were dropping by the house on their way out of London – the first time I’d made choux pastry since I was a taught domestic science at school. They are, in fact, ridiculously easy to make, and I say that as someone who can hardly cook at all.

Anyway, what this post is really about is another fairy tale altogether, so, if you’ve had your fill of princesses, it’s the turn of pigs – and, specifically, our Three Little Pigs app, which has had the most fantastic reviews online and in the app store and of which we’re very proud.

Just because we’re feeling generous, we’re giving away ten copies of our Three Little Pigs app for the iPad and ten copies for the iPhone/iPod touch.

Here’s how to enter. Answer one of these questions in the comments field below. We will pick the best answers and award promo codes so the winners can download the app.

1. Who is your favourite character in the story of The Three Little Pigs and why?

2. What’s your favourite memory of reading The Three Little Pigs either as a child, or to your own children (or grandchildren, nephews, nieces, neighbours)

3. Why do you you think your children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours…) will like this app?

Please be sure to tell us whether you’d like an iPad or iPhone version of the app in your response.

The contest is running now, and we’ll close it to entries at runs now, 6.00pm UK time, 1.00pm EST on Saturday 30th April.



23 Responses to “Two different fairy tales”

  • i have 2 Autistic little boys ages 2 and 5. This is one of their favorite stories! :-) To see their expressions when they see it come alive on the iPad would be priceless. :-)

  • 3. Why do you you think your children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours…) will like this-
    Because the animation is so fun and there are lots of things to touch and activate on each page.

  • My 3 daughters and I would love to try this app!

    My favorite character is tied to my favorite memory of my dad telling me The 3 Little Pigs as a bedtime story as a kid. My dad always said there was a lesser known 4th little pig, and he always made his house out of doorknobs. So, the 4th little pig was always my favorite because he was the silly and imaginative one. I continued that tradition with my kids, and it would probably be good for them to hear the story in it’s original version so they don’t go out and correct people, telling them that it’s really the 4 little pigs…

  • I actually really like the WOLF! You have to admit he teaches persistence! Those pigs are just lucky that they wised up and listened to the chap with the BRICKS! LOL!

    Hey, we all have to look at every side of a story, right?
    Heh, heh,

  • The third little pig is my favorite because he had the strong house of bricks and protected his siblings from the wolf. My mom reading it to me and me reading it to my girls with the voices is my favorite memory of the story. I think this will be so much fun because of the story being interactive and adding excitement to an already exciting story. We are anxiously waiting on our iPad to arrive next week!

  • 3. I think my daughter would love the app in it’s full glory as we downloaded the Lite version which only gives her a taster. She really wants to discover the rest of the story (in the app) even though I’ve read her the story many times before. I hope she can get to have it!

  • Watching my little girl huff and puff her cheeks as big as shr can always has me in stitches making this one of my favourite rediscovered childhood stories.

    I’d like the iPhone version please.

  • I read The Three Little Pigs to my elementary school children every year. I’m a Speech-language Pathologist in an urban school. We compare and contrast several versions. I bet they would love to see an iPad app of it to add to the multi media learning. Thank you.

  • I liked the wolf – not because I like the character but because it was so fun to play with his voice, and hear my husband play with the voice when reading to our children. No grandchildren yet but look forward to doing it again with them! Iphone

  • I am part of an iPad project through my school district. I have 9 students in my class who LOVE the iPad. Out of the 9 students, 6 of them are low or non-verbal; hence I use a variety of technologies within the classroom. I would use this app in a variety of ways. I would use it individually to motivation my students to read the text. I would use it within a small group having students assist with iPad as well as using other voice output to help “read” part of the repetitive text. Lastly, the app could be used when the students go into their inclusion class so they could read and engage with the other students.
    Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.

  • My favorite childhood Three Pigs memory is from when my mom did a felt storyboard rendition of the story for my birthday party when I was 7. It was great back then to see the characters come alive…a bit of a precursor to your animated app!

  • My favorite piggy is the one who built his house out of sticks because rustic chic is very in these days. In my version of the story, his house is featured on the cover of Architectural Pigfest, and his two brothers move in with him and work as his assistants. And the wolf—he is just filled with jealousy but can’t get close enough to the house to blow it down because of all the paparazzi. Sadly, he goes off to become a stylist for a B-list celebrity and is never heard from again.

    Your version would thrill my nieces and nephews on their ipad.

  • 2. My 3 yo daughter loves to have stories read to her and 3 little pigs is always one of her top choices. To watch her see it come alive in your app would be awesome. I have an iPad. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • My favorite part of the story is the verse “No no no no, by the hairs on my chinny-chin-chin!” – I remember bursting into laughter and then reciting it myself when my Mother got to one of the three episodes where the wolf threatens the pigs.
    There is something liberating knowing that the pigs are very scared but still don’t just surrender to the bad character. Instead, they either run or fight back. Hurray!

    If I am selected would love to get an iPad code.
    Best wishes to the Prince and the new Princess.

  • My three year old LOVES Nosy Crow’s Three Little Pigs App for the iPad. Her favorite character is the wolf. She says, “It’s not scary…. because I’m not in there!” (pointing to the iPad) Now, she just needs the iPhone version for when we’re on the road… Thank you for creating this fantastic rendition of The Three Little Pigs!!

  • My three girls (ages 1, 2, and 3) and I sit down every night before bed to read books together. Lately they’ve enjoyed when we spend that time reading interactive books on the iPad. The problem I have is that there just isn’t much in terms of ‘quality’ in the realm of interactive ebooks yet… Well, after seeing the rave reviews of your Three Little Pigs app/book I downloaded the Lite version to demo… Wow. Talk about quality! The music, art, interactive-ness with nearly everything turns this book into a world in which my girls and I, regardless of age, can enjoy together. Thank you for your work! My girls would absolutely love this book!

  • Until recently, I have been the youngest member of my family for over two decades and my cousin, with whom I am close, now has a beautiful baby boy. Already an incredibly observant little fella, he is always transfixed by light and moving images. I love the idea of being ‘Fun Uncle James’, with an iPad in hand to entertain him with the delightful story of Three Little Pigs as my aid!

  • My most distinct memory of this story is the fact that there were different endings in different versions. So each time I approached the story, over all the huffing and puffing, I tried to figure out what might be different this time, and what the pigs might do to better protect themselves!

    I have an iPad. Thanks for the celebratory opportunity!


  • My favourite memory of being read The Three Little Pigs as a child is with my Mum and huffing and puffing until we were hugely red in the face. So much fun and laughter and I can’t wait to do the same with my daughter but most likely using my iPhone!

  • As a primary school teacher, literacy co-ordinator and now mother to a 7 month old daughter, I am really keen to get this app. Am interested in how the interactivity can further the experience of the story. The Three Little Pigs is such a fun story to share with children and I love the fact that there are so many different versions which kiddies always seem to find hilarious, especially when the nasty wolf gets his bottom burnt and they always seem to like a version where they end up a’s friends in the end. One version
    I know ends with the wolf comIng and playing tennis together each week. A favourite twist is the three little wolves and big bad pig in which the pig can’t blow the house down so he blows it up with dynamite. This one has a hilarious twist at the end too.
    I’d love to win an iPhone version

  • Thank you so much for making this exciting App!… I watched your video and instantly saw how much my students would love your interactive version of this wonderful tale! I am an SLP who works in the school system and purchased an iPad to use with my students…with tremendous success!…I can see my students huffing….puffing…and blowing…while improving their speech production, vocabulary development, sentence structure, prediction skills etc etc etc…another opportunity for them to say we don.t work in our sessions just play games and have fun… I would love to share an iPad version of your story with them during May Speech and Hearing month and use it to improve their communication skills!….tykjcslp

  • my favorite character in the book “the three little pigs” is the third pig. i like him the best as he teaches (and continues to) children that hard work does pay off….while his brothers are off playing and such, the 3rd pig is working to build his home to protect himself from the big bad wolf. this, in my opinion, teaches our 4 kids that working hard (and playing later) pays out…our favorite part, is that the 3rd pig helps his brothers and keeps them safe, too in his safe brick home. family first.


    If you sent in a comment to win, we’ll be back in touch with you as soon as we’re back in the office after the public holiday here in the UK on Monday… by which time, I’ll be in Australia (see post of 30 April).

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