He huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down. And the Big Bad Wolf got charged with three counts of breaking and entering.

Then he got himself a lawyer."There's much more to the story than you've heard," said defense attorney Bill Kutmus, who will represent B.B. Wolf in front of an elementary school jury. "Appearances aren't what they seem."

Kutmus and other Des Moines attorneys are staging the trial in a "lawyers for literacy" program for children.

"The idea is to get them to read more and to develop their reading skills," said coordinator and lawyer Lylea Critelli. She plays construction expert Goosey Gander at the trial.

"We've heard one side of the Three Little Pigs story, and you come away with the impression that the wolf is guilty. Now the other side of the story will come out," she said.

In Critelli's script, the third little pig, the one who built the brick house the wolf couldn't blow down, isn't entirely innocent.

"He has some interests that fall outside of the case and reason for implicating the wolf," was all she would say.

Another source, however, said the pig was glad to see the destruction of his brothers' flimsy houses because he planned to develop the property.

The wolf is charged with demolishing two houses and bashing in the door of the third.

Kutmus said the prosecution is trying to make the wolf look bad.

The B.B., he said, doesn't stand for Big Bad, but Billy Bob.

Kutmus said the wolf in The Three Little Pigs gets a "bad rap" because he is often mistaken for the wolf who tricked Little Red Riding Hood.

The pupils will decide Friday.