Fabulous Fractured Fairy Tales

September 29th, 2010 by

Hansel and Gretel as the original problem children? Rapunzel as a kick-butt heroine rather than a damsel in distress? Cinderella and Prince Charming in a troubled marriage? That’s right! It’s the Brothers Grimm meets The Twilight Zone in these surprising fractured fairy tales (in no particular order):

  1. Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales by Gregory Maguire (Karen’s pick)
  2. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story) by Barbara Ensor
  4. Thornspell by Helen Lowe
  5. Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  6. The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli
  7. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale
  8. Princess Tales series by Gail Carson Levine
  9. Newfangled Fairy Tales by Bruce Lansky
  10. Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde

(And here’s a printable version of our Fractured Fairy Tales booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or hand off to your fairy godmother so she can pick ’em up for you as a little gift.)

UPDATE 10/12/10: We revealed the answer to our Fractured Fairy Tale Mystery Book Theater in the “Happily Ever After” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen make some terrible jokes about broken tails. (Fractured tales? Get it? Yeah…)

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