Fairy tales have been popular in cultures around the world for longer than we know. These stories are a source of enchantment for young children and remain embedded in our own childhood memories. And while I can always pore over great re-tellings of The Three Little Pigs or Sleeping Beauty, sometimes it’s fun to change it up a bit. Fractured fairy tales are re-tellings of these familiar stories but with character, plot, setting and point of view twists. This makes for some of the wittiest, most humorous books out there today for children.
Here are some of my favorites:
Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
Fractured fairy tales are not only fun, but educational as well. Many teachers are now incorporating these stories into their curriculum to teach children compare and contrast skills, point of view, creative writing and more.
Looking for something a little more in depth? No worries, there are fractured fairy tales for tweens and teens in novel form.
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
Ask your librarian for more recommended titles.