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Fairy Tales with a Twist

Do you remember having fairy tales read to you when you were a child?

I have some fun fairy tales to share with you this month, but these are not your typical fairy tales. These are fairy tales with a twist, otherwise known as “fractured” fairy tales. Best enjoyed after your child is familiar with the traditional fairy tale, fractured fairy tales begin with the premise of the well-known fairy tale, but that’s where the similarity ends. The twists and turns away from the expected will surprise and delight your child.

Read the synopses of a few of my favorites below, and download my free library list to take with you on your next visit to the library.

Bubba the Cowboy Prince book cover

Bubba the Cowboy Prince
by Helen Ketteman

Are you ready for a fairy tale gone Country Western? Just pull on your cowboy boots. With a little Texas magic and the help of his fairy god-cow, Bubba the Cowboy Prince goes from being a smelly ranch hand on his stepdaddy’s ranch to being the most popular guy at the ball. Move over, Cinderella, Bubba’s comin’!

Cinder Edna book cover

Cinder Edna
by Ellen Jackson

If you’re looking for a “normal” fairy tale, you’ve come to the wrong picture book. The heroine in this Cinderella story doesn’t even have a fairy godmother. But rather than give up, this resourceful would-be princess finds her own way to the ball and proves that even when life isn’t a fairy tale, you can still live happily ever after–brown loafers and all.

Fanny's Dream book cover

Fanny’s Dream
by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

There are no glass slippers in Fanny’s Dream, but there is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of living the life of a princess. But on one starry night, Fanny chooses the hard work and laughter of real life on the farm over the possibility of living a fairy tale. And as Fanny soon discovers, sometimes reality is even better than dreams!

Goldilocks and Just One Bear

Goldilocks and Just One Bear
by Leigh Hodgkinson

If you like your fairy tales with a little twist, you’ll find that the twist in Goldilocks and Just One Bear is just right. When “just one bear” suddenly finds himself lost on the streets of the big, noisy city, he decides to hunt for a nice quiet spot to have a snack and a nap. But what (and who!) he finds is the biggest twist of all!

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood book cover

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood
by Mike Artell

You’ve probably heard the story of Red Riding Hood, but you’ve likely never heard it told like this before. In irresistible Cajun-French dialogue, Mark Artell tells the tale of a goose, a crafty cat, a hungry alligator, and a gullible grandma. If you think you know how this twisted tale ends, you’re in for a sizzling southern surprise!

The Once Upon a Time Book cover

The Once Upon a Time Map Book
by B.G. Hennessy

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the kingdoms of your fairy tale dreams, pick up this charming map book and discover some worlds you’ve only read about. You’ll travel through Neverland and Wonderland, and then follow the Yellow Brick Road all the way from Oz to the Emerald City. And you’ll learn a thing or two about maps along the way!

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson

When Prince Henrik asks for advice on marriage, his brother insists that he marry a real princess. But Henrik soon discovers that real princesses can be kind of sensitive and…whiny. What if Prince Henrik decides he doesn’t want to marry a princess? What if he wants to marry the hockey-loving girl of his dreams instead?

The Princess and the Pig book cover

The Princess and the Pig
by Jonathan Emmett

The Princess and the Pig is a fairy-tale mix-up of epic proportions! In one fateful moment, a princess falls from the castle and plops into a farmer’s cart, sending a piglet flying…straight into the castle to be raised by the King and Queen. Can a princess be happy living with an ordinary farm family? And can a pig find true love with a prince?

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

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

If you’re bored with prince-meets-princess-and-lives-happily-ever-after fairy tales, The Stinky Cheese Man will make your day. These tales, which are definitely not boring, are wonderfully creative, slightly unorthodox, and, well, fairly stupid. And they’ll keep you laughing from the first page until the last “the end.”

The Three Ninja Pigs

The Three Ninja Pigs
by Corey Rosen Schwartz

In this martial arts-inspired retelling of the classic Three Little Pigs, the pigs decide to hone their ninja skills before facing the big bad wolf! The Three Ninja Pigs packs a punch with terrific rhymes, a too-big-for-his-britches wolf, and a rock ‘em, sock ‘em ending. These pigs are going to take care of the big bad wolf once and for all. Hi-yah!

FREE Fairy Tales with a Twist Library List

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Arya Hegde

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Thank you for sharing such useful information

Anita

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Another series of alternate fairy tale stories for older readers…or awesome read-alouds. Rump by Leslie Shurtliff. She also wrote Red and Jack. My kids have literally been sitting on the edge of their seat. They beg me to read more and more!!

Robin E.

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Thank you for this review, Anita! I’m always looking for some great read alouds for my kids.

Lauryn R

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These fairy tales withba twist books look great! I would definitely love to read them to my littles! :)

Laurie

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Thanks for sharing this list. We love this type of book at our house. We also enjoy two already mentioned:
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and
An Undone Fairy Tale

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Laurie,
These sound great! Thank you for the recommendations.

Heather Berry

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These look awesome! I look forward to buying them!

Stacy

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I love reading and comparing classic fairy tales with their revamped counterparts.

Caroline

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I love how creative different authors can be when coming up with new fractured fairy tales or unconventional takes at old fairy tales. Thanks for putting together a great list here!
I haven’t read this one yet, but I heard that Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood just came out recently. I’ll be checking it out at the library soon.

Caroline,
Thanks for the the recommendation. I’ll have to check it out too.

Allison

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These look really awesome!

Janel

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These look like such fun!

Karen Wallace

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Thanks for this list of “Fairy Tales”. Your book lists have been so valuable for us! Another one of these that we love is by a great illustrator and author, David Wiesner, called The Three Pigs. It is very unique and even my 12 year old was intrigued by it.

Marie Rippel

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I’m glad to hear that our book lists have been valuable to you, Karen! And thanks for mentioning David Weisner. You may enjoy some of his other books–we have reviews up for “Tuesday” and “Sector 7.” Here are the links if you’re interested:
http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/reviews-tuesday/
http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/reviews-sector-7/

Bridgett

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These look fun! I printed out the list to have for our next library trip.

Brandy Hill

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Thans for the awesome list! As a third grade teacher, I used these twisted fairy tales quite often, for activities such as comparing & contrasting! I also like to have the students write their own fractured fairy tale and these make great mentor texts for that!! Thanks again!

Kendra Rippel

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Oh, you’re so welcome, Brandy. I hope this list is a hit with your third-graders. Honestly, we had so much fun reading all the fractured-fairy tales that went into making this list! Never has separating the wheat from the chaff been so much fun. :)

Jenn Khurshid

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Thanks for this great list! I can’t wait to check these out!

Natalie Pankonin

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My daughter loves The Princess and the Pig! We read it over and over amongst lots of giggles! What a great resource for other fun books. We will be checking these out. Thanks!

Marie Rippel

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Thanks for your comment, Natalie. I hope you and your daughter love these fairy tales. And live happily ever after, of course!

Sarah

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Thank you for this list! I’ll be requesting some of these this summer!

Marie Rippel

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Have fun with the books Sarah! :)

faith Robeson

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these look like some really good books…thank you for sharing

Brandi Gandy

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Almost all of these are new to me! Thanks for the suggestion!

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Brandi! I hope you find your happily-ever-after in this book list. :)

frances

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It love book reviews/suggestions. Thanks!

Janice

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Thanks for the great list! We love fractured fairy tales, and many of these are new to us. . .so off to the library!

Marie Rippel

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Have fun, Janice! :)

Sue

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Sounds like lots of fun. Are these read-alouds or are they readable by third-fourth grade? Thanks for all you do. We love All About Reading and Spelling. They have made a world of difference for us.

Marie Rippel

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Hi Sue! We put this list together with the intention of the books being read-alouds. The books have a range of reading levels, and most could be read by third and fourth graders, depending upon their reading ability.

Gena Mayo

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These are so fun!

Melissa Nowak

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Yet another reason why I love this program, continued support and ideas!

Marie Rippel

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Aw, thanks, Melissa!

Shelly

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This looks very interesting. I’m going to have to check these out.

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These are so neat

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The all about reading program is amazing. We tried other phonics programs and never saw the results like we have with all about reading.

Marie Rippel

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Thanks for your kind words, Denise!

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We can’t wait to learn to read with AAR and AAS!!

Jen

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I’m so happy to see so many new fairy tales that we haven’t read yet!

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We can’t wait to get started with AAS and AAR! I’ve read nothing but spectacular reviews!

Angela Kim

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My kids would love these!

Holly

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My daughter is going to love this!

Sha-Toina Swint

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Love this

Tanya

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These look great – thanks for the suggestions!

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Tanya! :)

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So thankful for AAS in our family! Would love to win to purchase more from this learning program.

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My parents read to us as children and created a love of reading. The tradition continues with my children ☺️.

Marie Rippel

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That sounds like a perfect tradition, Olivia! :)

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I have heard lots of good things about all of these programs. Hoping to win so I can try them.

Nissa G.

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I’m always on the hunt for new book recommendations!

Marie Rippel

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We’re always on the hunt too, Nissa! From one book-hunter to another, I hope you enjoy this fractured fairy tale list and end up reading happily ever after! :)

Hope H.

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I love these book ideas! I haven’t even heard of most of them! Thanks!

Bridgette

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We love finding new books. Thanks for posting!

Jaclyn

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These books look great!

Dawne

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My son would love The Three Ninja Pigs! I am definitely going to look for that one!

Laura Upton

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These look wonderful! I know my twins would love them.

Becky Back

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These look great. Only a couple more levels of AAS and we own your entire program!

Amy S

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We love The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!

Stephanie White

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I would love to try this curriculum

Joy

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One of my favorites is “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.” There are wonderful words like “pneumatic drill” and “tarantella” as well as engaging artwork and a fun twist on the huffing and puffing. Truly a great read!

Marie Rippel

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That is a fun book, Joy! Thanks for bringing it up!

Amy

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As a child and as an adult I’ve long loved ‘fractured fairy tales’ and creative retellings.

Rebecca

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Some of these look really cute! I will have to see what our library has! :)

Melissa Shoop

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I see that it’s already been mentioned, but “Falling for Rapunzel” is one of our favorites! So hilarious! :D

Marie Rippel

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If you haven’t already discovered it, you might want to look for Leah Wilcox’s other children’s book, “Waking Beauty.”

Caryn Allen

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These are my favorite types of stories! When I was in elementary school I was in an accelerated class for advanced students and one of our units was called “Fractured Fairytales”. We got to pick a fairy tale and create our own version by changing the setting of the story, adding different characters….etc…while still maintaining the integrity of the basic story line. It was so fun!

Marie Rippel

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That sounds like a fun creative writing assignment, as well as a great reading comprehension activity! You have to understand the underlying nuances of fairy tales before you fracture them. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Kelbert

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I have heard so many positive comments about this spelling program that I have decided to use it this September. I love many of your creative ideas and look forward to using the tiles and games!

Marie Rippel

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I hope your upcoming September goes fabulously, Kathy. Enjoy playing (and learning!) with the letter tiles and the games!

Crystal Tannehill

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My kids love Fractured Fairytales. they think it’s hilarious! We are going to have to check these books out!

Marie Rippel

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Please do! We kissed a lot of bad frogs to find these books! :)

Victoria

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The True Story of Three Little Pigs is one of our favorites, but I see it’s already on your list :)

Mary Lauritzen

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Love this curriculum! My daughter is making great progress on her spelling, after trying several other things that did NOT work!

Marie Rippel

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I’m glad to hear that your daughter has finally found her happy ending in our curriculum. Thanks for the kind words, Mary.

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