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Fractured fairy tales are perfect for anyone who has ever enjoyed fairy tales. They may be compared with the originals, or appreciated for their breaks in established form. Generally they are intended for readers who have a familiarity with fairy tale themes and motifs, but can be enjoyed by anyone. (Note: fractured versions of the Cinderella story are listed with the other Cinderella books. Several of the following short story collections also include versions of Cinderella.)
Ahlbert, Janet and
Allen. The Jolly Postman.
An interactive tale about a postman delivering letters to well-known fairy tale characters. Great fun. There is also a Christmas version.
Briggs, Raymond. Jim
and the Beanstalk.
Jim climbs a beanstalk and meets a grumbly Giant (the son of the original).
A Princess outsmarts herself with the tasks she sets would-be suitors.
French, Fiona. Snow
White in New York.
A Snow White story set in the 1920s. The jealous stepmother tries to get rid of Snow, who becomes the toast of New York.
Lansky, Bruce (Ed.).
Newfangled Fairy Tales.
Little, Jean and Maggie
de Vries. Once Upon a Golden Apple.
An amusing introduction to fairy tale themes and formats, as a dad keeps getting his story 'wrong'.
Lowell, Susan. The
Three Little Javelinas.
A Southwestern view of the three little pigs, who in this version use sticks, tumbleweed, and adobe bricks.
Mossie, Diane Redfield.
Briar Rose and the Golden Eggs.
After reading a fairy tale, a large white goose named Briar Rose thinks she would get better treatment if her farmer thought she could lay golden eggs.
Munsch, Robert. The
Paper Bag Princess.
A tale about a Princess named Elizabeth who overcomes a dragon to save a rather un-princely prince.
Scieszka, Jon. The
Frog Prince Continued.
Story of the prince who keeps trying to find the correct witch to turn him back into a frog.
_____. The Stinky
Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.
Caldecott honor book. Ridiculous retellings of fairy tales with sophisticated humor and great artwork.
_____. The True Story
of the 3 Little Pigs.
The true story, told from the wolf's point of view (he's really just misunderstood). Young adults tend to love this. Great as a starter for creative writing assignments or to introduce a civics lesson or mock trial.
Somebody and the Three Blairs.
A reversal of the classic story, when a young bear drops in to the Blairs' house while they are out.
Trivizas, Eugene. The
Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.
An altered retelling of the traditional tale, with a surprise ending.
Tunnell, Michael O.
Beauty and the Beastly Children.
The King still behaves pretty beastly and passes his curse onto his children.
Turkle, Brinton. Deep
in the Forest.
A wordless picture book about a bear that visits, reversing the three bears story.
Waddell, Martin. The
The story of an inept king and queen who decide to have a son to save them or a daughter who would be rescued, but instead have a tough daughter.
When the King and Queen's third child is a girl instead of a boy, she decides to rescue a prince for herself, but ends up deciding princes are not what they are cracked up to be. Very humorous.
_____. School for
A wandering scholar outwits a King to win the hand of the Princess.
Dahl, Roald. Dahl's
Gorier versions, told in verse, of six traditional tales.
Legally Correct Fairy Tales.
Contains 14 familiar fairy tales and children's rhymes humorously rewritten as if they form the basis for legal action. Includes "Hansel & Gretal," "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White," "Pinocchio," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Goldilocks." Fun to use in government classes or with a mock trial program.
Fraser, Betty. Fractured Fairy Tales. http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/fft.html
Bibliography and links.
Truly Grim Tales.
Garner, James Finn.
Once Upon a More Enlightened Time.
Correct Bedtime Stories.
Selected Adult Novels Using