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Fractured Fairy Tales

These slightly warped versions of classic fairy tales and folklore are sure to crack you up. You may check each title's location and availability in the Library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
The Three Pigs
by David Wiesner
The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.

The Three Little Wolves & the Big Bad Pig
by Eugene Trivizas
An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf
by Jon Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs

Ziggy Piggy & the Three Little Pigs
by Frank Asch
Fun-loving Ziggy -- the hitherto unknown fourth little pig -- decides to go to the beach, and only his quick thinking saves his brothers after the wolf blows down the brick house.

Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella
by Tony Johnston
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.

Cinder Edna
by Ellen B. 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.

by Frances Minters
In this rap version of the traditional fairy tale, the overworked younger sister gets to go to a basketball game and meets a star player, Prince Charming.

Cinderella Skeleton
by Robert D. San Souci
A rhyming retelling of the story of a young woman who finds her prince at a Halloween ball despite the efforts of her wicked stepmother. The main characters are skeletons.

Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
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.

Sidney Rella & the Glass Sneaker
by Bernice Myers
Sidney Rella becomes a football player with a little help from his fairy godfather.

Goldilocks & the Three Hares
by Heidi Petach
Presents a contemporary takeoff on the familiar folktale.

Dear Peter Rabbit
by Alma Flor Ada
Presents letters between such fairy tale characters as Goldilocks, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and the Three Pigs.

Little Lit: Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies
by Various authors and illustrators

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes
by Roald Dahl
Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after.

The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales
by Jon Scieszka
Chicken Licken -- The princess and the bowling ball -- The really ugly duckling -- The other frog prince -- Little red running shorts --Jack's bean problem -- Cinderumpelstiltskin -- The tortoise and the hair -- The stinky cheese man -- The boy who cried "cow patty."

Tales from the Brothers Grimm & the Sisters Weird
by Vivian Vande Velde
Presents thirteen twisted versions of such familiar fairy tales as Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Yours Truly, Goldilocks
by Alma Flor Ada
Presents the correspondence of Goldilocks, the three pigs, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood as they plan to attend a housewarming party for the pigs and avoid the evil wolves in the forest.

Jack & the Giant: A Story Full of Beans
by Jim Harris.
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.

Kate and the Beanstalk
by Mary Pope Osborne
In this version of the classic tale, a girl climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where she uses her quick wits to outsmart a giant and make her and her mother's fortune.

Humpty Dumpty Egg-Splodes
by Kevin O’Malley
An enormous Humpty Dumpty returns to seek revenge on the nursery rhyme characters who let him fall.

Monster Goose
by Judy Sierra
A collection of twenty-five nursery rhymes, rewritten to feature vampires, ghouls, mummies, the Loch Ness monster, and other fearsome creatures.

Squids Will be Squids: Fresh Morals for Modern Fables
by Jon Scieszka
Contemporary fables with tongue-in-cheek morals address such topics as homework, curfews, and television commercials.

Yo, Aesop!: Get a Load of These Fables
by Paul Rosenthal
Feathers, frisbees & flying salami -- Clam up! -- A dog's life -- The early worm -- Of mice and boys -- Pickle puss -- Cookie crooks -- Bad hare day -- Sticky situations -- The wolf in sheep's clothing.

Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
An updated version, set on the prairie, of the familiar story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf.

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood
by Mike Artell
In this Cajun version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the big bad gator is no match for a sharp young duck and her quick-thinking cat.

The Bootmaker & the Elves
by Susan Lowell
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.

The Frog Prince Continued
by Jon 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.

Knights of the Kitchen Table
by Jon Scieszka
The trio goes back to the time of King Arthur where quick thinking and daring-do save them from a fire-breathing dragon and a foul-smelling giant.

The Prince of the Pond, Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin
by Donna Jo Napoli
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.

RAPunzel: A Happenin’ Rap
by David Vozar
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.

The Runaway Tortilla
by Eric Kimmel
In this Southwestern version of the Gingerbread Man, a tortilla runs away from the woman who is about to cook him.

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