Fractured Fairy Tales

Books about this topic can be found in the [FOLK & FAIRY TALES] (Dark Blue label) section of the picture book area unless another location is specified



Anholt, Laurence.  Little Red Riding Wolf.  J FIC Anholt
In this version of “Little Red Riding Hood,” a big, bad girl terrorizes a wolf cub who is going to visit his granny wolf.

Anholt, Laurence.  Shampoozel.  J FIC Anholt
In this version of the classic fairy tale “Rapunzel,” the daughter of two hairdressers is locked in a tower by the Bad Hair Witch.

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta.  The Hog Prince.  E  Bardhan-Quallen
On the advice of a mixed-up fairy, Eldon the hog tries to achieve his princely ambitions by kissing the perfect mate.

Brett, Jan.  Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella.  E Brett
Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters do not recognize her.

Brett, Jan. The Three Snow Bears.  E Brett  [FAVORITES] Retells the story of Goldilocks, set in an Inuit village and featuring a family of polar bears.

Carlow, Emma.  Kitty Princess.  E Carlow
As her amused Fairy Godmouse looks on, Kitty Princess rudely orders people to make her shoes, jewelry, and a dress for Prince Quince’s ball, without even knowing that she is speaking to the wrong people

Dealey, Erin.  Goldie Locks has Chicken Pox.  E Dealey
When Goldie Locks comes down with chicken pox, she is teased by her brother and is unable to visit with Bo Peep, Little Red, and other friends.

Donaldson, Julia.  The Fish Who Cried Wolf.  E Donaldson
Tiddler the fish is always telling tall tales about why he is late for school, but when he is actually caught in a net and taken far from home, it is his stories that help him find his way back.

Elya, Susan Middleton.  Rubia and the Three Osos.  E Elya
Retells the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in rhyming text interspersed with Spanish words, which are defined in a glossary.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Goldilocks Returns. [Older] E Ernst
Thirty years after Goldilocks first met the three bears, she returns to fix up their cottage and soothe her guilty conscience.

Graham, Bob. Dimity Dumpty : the story of Humpty’s little sister.  E Graham
Humpty Dumpty’s little sister is too shy to be part of her family’s circus act, but she finds courage when her brother needs her help.

Grey, Mini.  The very smart pea and the princess-to-be . E Grey
The pea gives its own version of what happened in the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” from the time of its birth in the Palace Garden until it helps arrange a royal marriage.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes: An All-star Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale. Q J FIC Hans
Andersen’s classic fairy tale retold from different points of view by twenty-three celebrities and depicted by twenty-three illustrators.

Hennessy, B.G.  The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Reader 2W
A boy tending sheep on a lonely mountainside thinks it a fine joke to cry “wolf” and watch the people come running–and then one day a wolf is really there, but no one answers his call.

Hughes, Shirley.  Ella’s big chance : a Jazz-Age Cinderella.  [OLDER] E Hughes
In this version of the Cinderella tale set in the 1920s, Ella has two men courting her–the handsome Duke of Arc and Buttons the delivery boy.

Jackson, Ellen.  Cinder Edna.  E Jackson
Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.

Kasza, Keiko.  The Dog Who Cried Wolf .  E Kasza
Tired of being a house pet, Moka the dog moves to the mountains to become a wolf but soon misses the comforts of home.

Kimmel, Eric A.   Cactus Soup.   Q J 398.0944 K
During the Mexican Revolution, when a troop of hungry soldiers comes to a town where all the food has been hidden, they charm the townspeople into helping make a soup from water and a cactus thorn.

Kimmelman, Leslie.  The Three Bully Goats.  E Kimmelman
Billy goat brothers Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff are bullies who rule their meadow, but when they cross Little Ogre’s bridge and are mean to the baby animals on the other side, they are in for a surprise.

Kloske, Geoffrey.  Once upon a time, the end : asleep in 60 seconds.  E Kloske
A tired father takes only a few sentences to tell a number of classic tales in order to get the persistent listener to fall asleep.

Krensky, Stephen.  Big bad wolves at school.  E Krensky
Rufus, a young wolf, has a hard time fitting in at the Big Bad Wolf Academy where he has been sent to learn to huff and puff until the day he uses his true talent.

LaRochelle, David.   The End.  E LaRochelle
When a princess makes some lemonade, she starts a chain of events involving a fire-breathing dragon, one hundred rabbits, a hungry giant, and a handsome knight.

Lasky, Kathryn.  The Emperor’s Old Clothes.  [Older] E Lasky
A continuation of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in which a simple farmer finds the emperor’s old clothes on his way home from the market and decides to put them on.

Lazar, Tara.  I Thought This Was a Bear Book.  E Lazar 
Prince Zilch from Planet Zero crash lands in the Three Bears story, and it is up to baby bear to figure out a way to get him back to his own book.

Little, Jean.  Once Upon A Golden Apple.  E Little
While on a picnic, a father puts together familiar elements from various stories until he comes up with a version his children like.

Loewen, Nancy.  Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears As Told By Baby Bear.  E Loewen
Baby Bear, who wants to be called Sam, tells the true story of what happened when he and his parents went for a walk while their porridge cooled.

Lowell, Susan.  Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.  J 398 L
A Western-style retelling of the traditional tale about a little girl who finds the house of bear family and makes herself at home.

McCallum, Ann. Beanstalk : the measure of a giant : a math adventure. E MaCallum  [CONCEPTS] Jack climbs an enormous beanstalk and encounters a very lonely boy giant, and by using ratios and proportion he makes toys that are the right size for each of them.

Meddaugh, Susan.  Cinderella’s Rat.  E Meddaugh
One of the rats that was turned into a coachman by Cinderella’s fairy godmother tells his story.

Myers, Bernice.  Sidney Rella and the Glass Sneaker.  E Myers
Sidney Rella becomes a football player with a little help from his fairy godfather.

Numeroff, Laura Joffe.  Ponyella.  E Numeroff
Ponyella’s dream of showing Princess Penelope her tricks at the pony championship comes true with the help of her fairy godmare.

Osborne, Mary Pope.  The Brave Little Seamstress.  [Older] E Osborne
A seamstress who kills seven flies with one blow outwits the king and, with the help of a kind knight, becomes a wise and kind queen.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Sleeping Bobby.  J 398.0943 O
A retelling of the Grimm tale featuring a handsome prince who is put into a deep sleep by a curse until he is awakened by the kiss of a brave princess.

Palatini, Margie.  Piggie Pie.  E Palatini
Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald’s farm for some pigs to make a piggie pie, but when she arrives she can’t find a single porker.

Pichon, Liz.  The Three Horrid Little Pigs. E Pichon
When their mother sends them packing, three pigs find despicable ways to find new accommodations, but when the big, friendly wolf tries to show them the error of their ways, the pigs respond by huffing and puffing.

Scieszka, Jon.  The Frog Prince, Continued.  E Scieszka
After the frog turns into a prince, he and the Princess do not live happily ever after and the Prince decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation.

Scieszka, Jon.  The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.  [Older] E Scieszka
Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

Scieszka, Jon.  The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  E Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Sierra, Judy.  Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf.  E Sierra
When Big Bad Wolf, who now lives at the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to tell his story at the library, he faces the truth about what he did to the three little pigs and decides to make amends.

Smith, Lane.  Pinocchio, the Boy : Incognito in Collodi.  E Smith
Pinocchio has been turned into a boy but no one, not even he, realizes it as he walks through Collodi-town trying to get some hot chicken soup for Geppetto.

Squires, Janet.  The Gingerbread Cowboy. J 398.2 S
A freshly baked gingerbread cowboy escapes from the rancher’s wife’s kitchen and eludes his pursuers in this western United States version of the “Gingerbread Boy.”

Stanley, Diane.  Goldie and the Three Bears.  E Stanley
In this story, loosely based on that of Goldilocks, Goldie, who has yet to find a friend to “love with all her heart,” makes an unplanned visit to the house of some bears.

Stewig, John W.  Nobody Asked the Pea.  [OLDER] E Stewig
Expands upon the classic tale of the princess and the pea as seen through the eyes of the prince, the princess, the king and queen, various servants, a mouse, and even the rather vain pea, itself.

Teague, Mark.  The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf.  E Teague
In this original version of the traditional tale, the three little pigs are in their usual trouble with the somewhat bad wolf–who is really just very hungry and frustrated that the pizza parlor will not serve him.

Ting, Renee.  The Prince’s Diary.  [OLDER] E Ting
In this version of the Cinderella tale, the Prince tells his side of the story through diary entries.

Tolhurst, Marilyn. Somebody and the Three Blairs.  E Tolhurst/ J PB T
In a reversal of the Goldilocks story, a bear explores the home of the three Blairs while they are out.

Trivizas, Eugenios. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. J 398.2452 T
An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf–with a surprise ending.

Underwood, Deborah.  Interstellar Cinderella.  [FOLK & FAIRY TALES] E Underwood
In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Van Woerkom, Dorothy.  The Queen Who Couldn’t Bake Gingerbread.  J 398.0943 V
When the King of Mulligatawny is unable to find a queen who bakes gingerbread, he finally realizes there are more important things to consider in selecting a wife.

Vozar, David.  RAPunzel : A Happenin’ Rap.  Q J 398.0943 V
A take-off, in rap style with dogs as characters, on the story of a girl with long hair who is imprisoned by a witch.

Wilcox, Leah.  Falling for Rapunzel. E Wilcox
A prince tries to get Rapunzel to throw down her hair so he can rescue her, but she mishears him and throws down random objects from her room instead.

Wilcox, Leah.  Waking Beauty. E Wilcox
Prince Charming tries all sorts of silly ways to wake Sleeping Beauty before he learns how he is really supposed to wake her up.

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