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  Books & Reading  |  Booklists  |  Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales thought you knew your favorite fairy tales. Wait till you read these slightly altered and often hilarious versions.
  Dear Peter Rabbit

Presents letters between such fairy tale characters as Goldilocks, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and the Three Pigs.

Ada, Alma Flor
  Ten in a Bed Young Dinah Price lives an idyllic life with a happy family and good friends.  But 10 fairy-tale visitors turn her life upside down by parading through her bedroom nightly, demanding she tell them a story.
Ahlberg, Allan
J  Fic  AHL
  Each Peach Pear Plum

Rhymed text and illustrations invite the reader to play "I Spy" with a variety of Mother Goose and other folklore characters.

Ahlberg, Janet
  The Jolly Postman

A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears. Each letter may be removed from its envelope page and read separately.

Ahlberg, Janet and Allen
  The Princess and the Pizza

An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest.

Auch, Mary Jane

In this adaptation of "The Crane Wife," a shipbuilder marries a mysterious woman who makes him promise never to look at her while she  weaves.

Bang, Molly
  A Frog Prince

Rebuffed by the princess after retrieving her golden ball, a noble frog sets out to find a more suitable mate.

Berenzy, Alix
  Jim and the Beanstalk

Jim climbs a beanstalk and meets a grumpy Giant (the son of the Original)

Briggs, Raymond
  Teller of Tales

The Emperor's clothes are news -- Rumpelstiltskin by any other name  -- Gold in Locks -- Little Well-Read Riding Hood -- Teller's tale -- Tale of tellers.

Brooke, William
J  Fic  BRO
  A Telling of the Tales

A retelling of five classic folk/fairy tales including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Jack retelling of five classic folk/fairy tales, including Cinderella, and the Beanstalk, from a contemporary perspective.

Brooke, William
J  Fic  BRO
  The Untold Tales Retells and continues the stories, from a contemporary perspective, of such classic tales as "The Frog Prince," "Snow White," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Sleeping Beauty."
Brooke, William

J  Fic  BRO

  Fanny’s Dream

Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince,  but when her fairy godmother doesn't show up, she decides on a local farmer instead.

Buechner, Caralyn
  The Chocolate Touch A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
Catling, Patrick
J  Fic  CAT
  The Fourth Little Pig

The sister of the Three Little Pigs comes to visit and tries to persuade her brothers, who have been hermits since an episode with a wolf, to overcome their fears and go outside.

Celsi, Teresa

An update of the three sillies, this time with three silly sisters going out into the world to track down a replacement button for their father’s pants.

Cole, Brock

In this Appalachian variant of the Cinderella tale, old Granny helps Ashpet attend the church picnic where she charms Doc Ellison's son but loses one of her fancy red shoes.

Compston, Joanne
J  398.21  COM
A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

In this story, loosely based on that of Cinderella but featuring dinosaurs, the Duke falls in love with Dinorella when she rescues him from the dreaded deinonychus at the Dinosaur Dance.

Edwards, Pamela

While taking cheese pies to her Granny, Ruby, a small but  tough-minded little mouse, forgets her mother's advice not to talk to cats.

Emberley, Michael
  Three Cool Kids

This retelling of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is set in the heart of a city where an enormous rat tries to keep three goats from crossing the street.

Emberley, Rebecca
  Little Red Riding Hood:
A Newfangled Prairie Tale

An updated version, set on the prairie, of the familiar story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf.

Ernst, Lisa
  Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes

An update of the Little Red Hen, where Mr. Wolf manages to make pancakes all by himself when his nasty fairy tale neighbors won’t stop help him.

Fearnley, Jan
  McBroom and the Beanstalk

McBroom gets ready to tell his many preposterous stories in the World Champion Liar's contest only to be disqualified for telling the truth.

Fleischman, Sid
J  Fic  FLE
  Dinosaur’s New Clothes

In this retelling of the familiar story about two rascals who sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes, the characters are presented as dinosaurs.

Goode, Diane

Not satisfied being a frog, Pondlarker seeks a princess' kiss to fulfill his princely ambitions.

Gwynne, Fred
  Just Ella

In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella  finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Haddix, Margaret
J  Fic  HAD
  Jack and the Giant:
a Story Full of Beans

A Southwestern version of the traditional tale, in which a boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk and uses his quick wits to outsmart the giant cattle rustler Wild Bill Hiccup.

Harris, Jim
J  398.2  HAR
  The Wolf who Cried Boy

Little wolf is tired of eating lamburgers and sloppy does, but when he tricks his parents into thinking there is a boy in the woods, they could all miss a chance for a real feast.

Hartman, Bob
  The Three Silly Girls Grubb

The three silly sisters skip off to school over the bridge
where Ugly-Boy Bobby hides.  The "toll" he demands
are their jelly donuts. 

Hassett, John and Ann
  Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat

When Cowboy Carl marries Cactus Kate, Carl's dog Cinderdog must deal with his new sibling, Kate's ornery cat Wicked.

Holub, Joan
  The Three Little Pigs
and the Fox

In this Appalachian version of the classic tale, Hamlet, the youngest pig, rescues her two greedy brothers from the clutches of the "mean, tricky old drooly-mouth fox."

Hooks, William
J  398.245  HOO
  Princess Furball A princess in a coat of a thousand furs hides her identity from a king who falls in love with her.
Huck, Charlotte
J  398.22  HUC
  Alice Nizzy Nazzy:
The Witch of Santa Fe

When Manuela's sheep are stolen, she has to go to Alice Nizzy Nazzy's talking roadrunner-footed adobe house and try to get the witch to give the flock back, in a Southwestern version of the Baba Yaga story.

Johnston, Tony
  Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella

This version of the familiar story in which a mistreated step-child finds happiness with the "man" of her dreams is set in the old-growth forest and features Bigfoot characters.

Johnston, Tony
J  398.2  JOH
  The Cowboy and the
Black-Eyed Pea

In this adaptation of "The Princess and the Pea," the wealthy daughter of a Texas rancher devises a plan to find a real cowboy among her many suitors.

Johnston, Tony
  The Ordinary Princess

At her christening a princess is given the gift of "ordinariness" by a fairy, and the consequences of that eventually take her to a nearby palace where, having run away to become a fourteenth assistant kitchen maid, she meets the prince for her.

Kaye, M.M.
J  Fic  KAY
  Chicken Little

Chicken Little and his feathered friends, alarmed that the sky  seems to be falling, are easy prey to hungry Foxy Loxy when he poses as a police officer in hopes of tricking them into his truck.

Kellogg, Steven
  The Missing Mother Goose

A collection of seven stories based on favorite Mother Goose rhymes, including expanded versions of "Humpty Dumpty," "Little Miss Muffet," and "Old King Cole."

Krensky, Stephen
  Princess Hynchatti
and Some Other Surprises

Twelve original fairy tales about princes and princesses in which  the wizards, fairy godmothers, dragons, and the like don't always have the expected effect.

Lee, Tanith
J  Fic  LEE
  Ella Enchanted

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Levine, Gail Carson
J  Fic  LEV
  Once Upon a Golden Apple

While on a picnic, a father puts together familiar elements from various stories until he comes up with a version his children like.

Little, Jean
  Bootmaker and the Elves

A retelling, set in the Old West, of the traditional story about two elves who help a poor shoemaker, or in this case a bootmaker, and his wife.

Lowell, Susan
J  398.2  LOW
  Little Red Cowboy Hat

A Southwestern version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in which Little Red rides her pony Buck to Grandma's ranch with a jar of cactus jelly in the saddlebag.

Lowell, Susan
J  398.2  LOW
  Three Little Javelinas

A southwestern adaptation of "The Three Little Pigs."

Lowell, Susan
  Grandma Chickenlegs

A little bit of Cinderella mixed with Baba Yaga, when a small girl is sent to the evil Grandma Chickenlegs by her evil stepmother to get a needle.

McCaughrean, Geraldine
J  398.2  MAC
     Beauty:  a Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

McKinley, Robin
Fic  MAC  or  Fic  MCK

A young pig uses her ability to read to outwit a wolf that intends to eat her.

Meddaugh, Susan
  Sleepless Beauty

In this updated, rhyming retelling of the traditional fairy tale, Beauty outwits the wicked witch and arranges for her own happy ending.

Minters, Frances
  Paper Bag Princess

A princess outsmarts a dragon and gets rid of him for good.  In the process, she finds that it is better to be a smart princess than a pretty one.

Munsch, Robert
  Jimmy, The Pick Pocket of the Palace

Jimmy, the froglet son of an enchanted frog-prince, tries to save his pond from the evil hag and in the process finds himself transformed into a human boy.

Napoli, Donna Jo
J  Fic  NAP
  The Magic Circle

After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman is turned into a witch by evil spirits and she fights their power until her encounter with Hansel and Gretel years later.

Napoli, Donna Jo
J  Fic  NAP

Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the nobleman who pursues her, and delves into the psychological motivations of each of the characters.

Napoli, Donna Jo
J  Fic  NAP
  The Prince of the Pond

Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.

Napoli, Donna Jo
J  Fic  NAP

Cursed by an evil fairy at her christening, Princess Melisande grows up bald but finds herself facing another set of problems when her wish for golden hair is fulfilled.

Nesbit, E
J  Fic  NES
  Shaq and the Beanstalk and Other Very Tall Tales

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal relates updated versions of five fairy tales linked together, in each of which he plays a major role: Shaq and the beanstalk; Little Red Riding Shaq; Shaq and the three bears; Shaq's new clothes; and Shaq and the three billy goats gruff.

O’Neal, Shaquille
J  Fic  ONE
  “Not Now!” Said the Cow In this story based on "The Little Red Hen," a little black crow asks his animal friends to help with the planting of some corn seed.
Oppenheim, Joanne
  Piggie Pie

The story of the witch Gritch, who decides to make the title dish.

Palatini, Maggie
  The Three Silly Billies

Meet the Billy Bob Billies as they try to cross the Troll's bridge.  See  what happens when other fairy book characters like the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood also try to cross the bridge.

Palatini, Maggie
  Mrs. Goat and Her Seven Little Kids

Mother Goat rescues six of her kids after they are swallowed by a wicked wolf.

Ross, Tony
  The Book That Jack Wrote

A madcap variation of the cumulative nursery rhyme, this time beginning when Jack writes a book.

Scieszka, Jon
  The Stinky Cheese Man
and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

Scieszka, Jon
  Squids Will Be Squids Contemporary fables with tongue-in-cheek morals address such topics as homework, curfews, and television commercials.

Scieszka, Jon

J  398.2  SCI
  Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter

Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.

Stanley, Diane
  Somebody and the Three Blairs 

In a reversal of the Goldilocks story, a bear explores the home of the three Blairs while they are out.

Tolhurst, Marilyn
  The Three Little Wolves
and the Big Bad Pig

An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

Trivizas, Eugene
  Deep in the Forest

A wordless picture book about a bear that visits, reversing the three bears story.

Turkle, Brinton
  Yo, Hungry Wolf A retelling in rap verse of "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red  Riding Hood," and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
Vozar, David
  La Princessa Peleona

A spunky princess with a mind of her own resists her parents' plans to ensnare a prince for her and rides forth to adventures of her choosing.   (In Spanish only)

Waddell, Martin

In her haste to flee the palace before her fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper. Photographs show the characters depicted as dogs.

Wegman, William
J  398.21  WEG
  Little Red Riding Hood

Wegman and his dogs Fay and Battina turn to this classic tale.

Wegman, William
J  398.21  WEG
  Petronella Determined not to be outdone by her brothers in seeking a fortune in the world, a young princess sets out to find a prince to rescue.
Williams, Jay
 J  398  WIL
  The Toll-Bridge Troll

A troll tries to prevent Trigg from crossing the bridge on the way to school only to be outwitted by the boy's riddles.

Wolff, Patricia Rae
  King Long Shanks

Although he hates their poor poetry, a frog king agrees to let two flattering scoundrels create an outfit for him that will show off his fine, long, strong legs and test the loyalty of his subjects.

Yolen, Jane
J  Fic  YOL
  Sleeping Ugly

When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

Yolen, Jane
  The Three Billygoats Gruff
and Mean Calypso Joe
Meet "de meanest troll dis part of de island" in this delightful Caribbean retelling of the Three Billy Goats
Youngquist, Cathrene Valente