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Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

There are lots of stories most kids can rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that children all over the world know them. When the stories are told in different places though, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told.

Sometimes, storytellers like to just have fun with a traditional story. For example a storyteller might think, “what if Sleeping Beauty was a boy?” or “What if Cinderella wanted to play in a hockey game instead of go to a ball?” or “What if we heard the Big Bad Wolf’s side of the story?”

This page is a list of traditional stories that have a twist – the stories are either set in a different country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique.

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Books

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty a Retelling
Beauty and the Beast (West Africa)
Bunny and the Beast
Dragon Prince (China)
The Lady and the Lion
No Lie, I Acted Like a Beast!: the Story of Beauty and the Beast as Told by the Beast
Snowbear Whittington (Appalachia)

Cinderella
Adelita (Mexico)
Along the River (China)
Anklet for a Princess (India)
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave (Russia)
Cendrillon (Caribbean)
Cinderella Skeleton
Cinderelephant
Cinderellaphant
Bubba the Cowboy Prince (American West)
Chickerella
Cinderella: a Fashionable Tale
Cinderella (As if you didn’t already know the story)
Cinderella Collection
Cinderella Smith (Boy)
Cinderella the Dog and her Little Glass Slipper
Cinderella’s Rat
Cinderlily a Floral Tale in Three Acts
Cinderhazel the Cinderella of Halloween
Cinders: a Chicken Cinderella
Cindy Ellen (American West)
Domitila (Mexico)
Egyptian Cinderella
Ella Enchanted
Ella’s Big Change (Jazz)
Fair, Brown & Trembling (Ireland)
Fanny’s Dream (Farm)
Gift of the Crocodile (Indonesia)
Glass Slipper Gold Sandal a Worldwide Cinderella
The Golden Sandal (Middle East)
The Gospel Cinderella (American South)
If the Shoe Fits (Boy; Running)
Jouanah: a Hmong Cinderella
Kongi and Potgi (Korea)
Korean Cinderella
Little Gold Star (Spanish American)
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Africa)
The Orphan (Greece)
The Persian Cinderella
Raisel’s Riddle (Jewish)
Rough Face Girl (Native American)
Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! (Stepmother)
Smoky Mountain Rose (Appalachia)
Splinters: This Girl Needs a Miracle (Hockey)
Trollerella
Turkey Girl (Native American – Zuni)
Way Meat Loves Salt (Jewish)
Wishbones (China)
Yeh Shen (China)

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Chalk and Cheese (Dog & Cat)
Chicken and Cat
City and Country Homes
City Cats, Country Cats
City Chicken
City Dog, Country Dog
City Dog, Country Frog
City Fish, Country Fish
The City Mouse, and the Country Mouse
City Witch, Country Witch
Country Kid, City Kid
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
Dear Prima a Letter to My Cousin (Mexico & New York City)
Everything is Different at Nonna’s House
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
Moon Rabbit
One Moon Two Cats
Tall City, Wide Country
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Town Mouse, Country Mouse

The Frog Prince
Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody!: the Story of the Frog Prince, As Told By the Frog
The Frog Prince, Continued
The Frog Prince of Pelham
The Frog Princess
Frogged (Chapter Book)
The Horned Toad Prince
Jimmy the Pickpocket of the Palace
Kiss Me! I’m a Prince
A Prince Among Frogs

The Gingerbread Boy
The Cajun Cornbread Boy
Can’t Catch Me (Ice Cube)
Gingerbread Baby
Gingerbread Cowboy (American West)
Gingerbread Friends
The Gingerbread Girl
The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck
The Gingerbread Pirates
The Gingerbread Rabbit
The Library Gingerbread Man
The Matzo Ball Boy (Jewish)
The Ninjabread Man
The Runaway Tortilla (Mexico)
Senorita Gordita (Mexico)
Three Pigs and a Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Believe me, Goldilocks rocks! (Baby Bear)
Dusty Locks and the Three Bears (American West)
Goatilocks and the Three Bears
Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears (Music)
Goldie and the Three Hares
Goldie and the Three Bears
Goldie Locks has Chicken Pox
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Goldilocks and the Three Martians
Goldilocks Returns
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (China)
Just Right
Leola and the Honeybears (African-American)
Me and You
Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears
Rubia and the Three Osos
Santa Claus and the Three Bears
Somebody and the Three Blairs
Tackylocks and the Three Bears
The Three Bears Christmas
The Three Bears Halloween
The Three Snow Bears (Inuit)
Yours Truly, Goldilocks

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Diesel (Trucks)
Hansel, Gretel, and the Ugly Duckling
It’s Not About the Crumbs! (Africa, Japan)
A Tale Dark and Grimm
The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children

Jack and the Beanstalk
Calamity Jack
The Giant and the Joneses
Half Upon a Time
A Home in the Sky (Modern)
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk
Jacques and the Beanstalk a Cajun Tale (Cajun)
Jack and the Beanstalk a Story Full of Beans (Southwestern)
Jack and the Jellybeanstalk
Kate and the Beanstalk
Look Out Jack! The Giant is Back!
The Magic Moustache
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant (Mexico)
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks! (Giant)
Waynetta and the Cornstalk (Texas)

The Princess and the Pea
The Cowboy and the Black Eyed Pea
(American West)
The Princess and the Pea (1940s)
The Princess and the Peas (picky eater)
The Princess and the Peas & Carrots (picky eater)
There Was an Old Princess Who Swallowed a Pea

Puss ‘n Boots
Dog in Boots
Puss in Cowboy Boots (American West)

Rapunzel
Falling for Rapunzel
Petrosinella: a Neapolitan Rapunzel (Italy)
Rapunzel (Africa)
Rapunzel a Groovy Fairy Tale
RAPunzel a Happenin Rap
Rapunzel and the Billy Goats
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves
Rapunzel the One With All the Hair
Rapunzel’s Revenge
Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: the Story of Rapunzel, as Told by Dame Gothel
Sugar Cane : a Caribbean Rapunzel

Little Red Riding Hood
Auntie Tiger (China)
Betsy Red Hoodie
Cassie and the Woolf
Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! (Wolf)
I Am Not Little Red Riding Hood
Into the Forest (Boy)
Isabel and the Hungry Coyote (Desert)
Little Red a Fizzingly Good Yarn
Little Red Hood
Little Red Hot
Little Red Riding Boots: a Once Upon the West Fairy Tale (West)
Little Red Writing
Lon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood Story from China
Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood
Pretty Salma : a Little Red Riding Hood story from Africa
Red Ridin in the Hood and other Cuentos
Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf
The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood: Two Tales and Their Histories
The Wolf’s Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood

Rumpelstiltskin
The Girl Who Spun Gold (Africa)
Multiplying Menace: the Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin a Math Adventure
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
Straw into Gold
Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter

The Shoemaker and the Elves
The Bootmaker and the Elves (American West)

Sleeping Beauty
The Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: the True Tale of Sleeping Beauty (Chapter Book)
Humphrey, Albert and the Flying Machine (Boys)
Maleficent (Chapter Book)
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep
Sleeping Bobby
Sleeping Bunny
Sleeping Ugly
Snoring Beauty
Thornspell
Truly, We Both Loved Beauty Dearly!: the Story of Sleeping Beauty, as Told By the Good and Bad Fairies
Waking Beauty
The Wide-Awake Princess

Snow White
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves
Rimonah of the Flashing Sword (Egypt)
Seriously, Snow White Was So Forgetful: the Story of Snow White as Told By the Dwarves
The Seven Dwarfs
Snow in Summer, Fairest of Them All (West Virginia)
Snow White (Rabbit)
Snow White: an Islamic Tale
Snow White and the Enormous Turnip
Snow White and the Magic Mirror After Happily Ever After (Chapter Book)


Cactus SoupSeveral versions of Stone Soup.


The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Three Armadillies Tuff
The Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe
Three Cool Kids
The Three Silly Girls Grubb

The Three Little Pigs
Big and Bad (Cats)
Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs
Hogg, Hogg and Hog (City)
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday (Appalachia)
Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf (Wolf)
The Three Horrid Little Pigs
Three Hungry Pigs and the Wolf Who Came to Dinner
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
Three Little Cajun Pigs
The Three Little Dassies (Africa)
The Three Little Dinosaurs
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
The Three Little Gators
The Three Little Pigs Go Camping
Three Little Javelinas (Desert)
The Three Little Rabbits: a Balkan Tale
The Three Little Tamales (Southwest)
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
The Three Ninja Pigs
The Three Pigs
The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood: Two Tales and Their Histories
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf 
The Three Pigs: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel (Southwest)
The Three Swingin’ Pigs
Watch Out for Wolfgang
Where’s the Big Bad Wolf?
Wolf Won’t Bite!

Twelve Dancing Princesses
Brothers of the Knight (African-American)
The Princesses Have a Ball
Princess of Glass
Princess of the Midnight Ball
Princess of the Silver Woods (Chapter Book)
The Thirteenth Princess
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Africa)

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Joey Fly Private Eye in Big Hairy Drama

Joey Fly Private Eye in Big Hairy Drama

Big Hairy Drama Joey Fly, Private Eye, and his sidekick Sammy Stingtail are back solving another mystery in Bug City. This time they are hired by the tarantula Hairy Spyderson, owner of the Scarab Beetle Theatre. Hairy’s leading lady, Greta Divawing, is missing. No leading lady means no show and no show means no money. Hairy is desperate and says money is no object – he wants his lady back! Hairy hands Joey a downpayment for his detecting:

It was a hefty wad of bread, the crusty European kind. With this kind of dough, I could leave a longer trail of bread crumbs than Hansel and Gretel.” (page 35)

Joey and Sammy head to the place Greta was least seen – the theater – to talk to all of the cast members who might have seen her before she turned up missing. Somebody has to know something, and Joey will find out what it is…unless Sammy talks to much, destroys clues, falls in love with a suspect, or whacks him in the head with his stinger.

Funny plays on words (money = “bread” and “dough”) in the Joey Fly books are as entertaining as Joey’s attitude…and he’s got attitude. Don’t miss the first one either, Joey Fly Private Eye: Creepy Crawly Crime. Author: Aaron Reynolds; Illustrator: Neil Numberman

More comic book mysteries:
Joey Fly: Creepy Crawly Crime Tiger Moth Adventures of an Insect Ninja Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown Chicago Land Detective Agency
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Dear Dumb Diary: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers

Dear Dumb Diary: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers

So, Maybe I Do Have Superpowers

Jamie Kelly makes me laugh every time. This is her 11th book and I still think she’s funny. I can be reading a Dear Dumb Diary book alone and still laugh outloud.

Jamie’s best friend is Isabella. Angeline is the girl she doesn’t like too much – Angeline is beautiful and smart and blah, blah, blah. When Jamie’s Aunt marries Angeline’s Uncle, it’s like they HAVE to be friends. At first, this doesn’t go all that well. But the summer after they become “almost related” Jamie has a change of heart.

At some point during the summer, I started to think that it was wrong of me to hate Angeline because of how she looked. And smelled. And laughed. And smiled. And blinked. And sat.” (page 2″

Jealous much?! Jamie decides it isn’t Angeline’s fault that she was born beautiful, so Jamie decides not to hate her anymore.

I know Dumb Diary. It’s hard to understand how excellent that makes me – to not hate somebody who seems to be asking for it – but let me clear it up for you: It makes me PURE excellent. As excellent as an angel with the power to shoot frosting out her eyes.” (page 3)

Only Jamie could impress herself for not hating someone! Now that Jamie doesn’t hate Angeline anymore she’s got TWO BFFs, both Angeline and Isabella.

But then Isabella says Jamie can kick her in the face and Jamie does. Isabella just can’t believe it. HOW could Jamie a “huge, girly, sissy girl” kick her, and kick her HARD? The girls decide that Jamie has somehow acquired some kind of boy superpowers. And these powers aren’t just physical either. Jamie can now figure out what boys are thinking, at least, she thinks she can. Is she right? Or are her new superpowers all wrong? Author: Jim Benton

Dear Dumb Diary Series:

#1 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
#2 My Pants are Haunted (When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People)
#3 Am I the Princess or the Frog
#4 Never Do Anything, Ever
#5 Can Adults Become Human?
#6 The Problem with Here is That it’s Where I’m From
#7 Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
#8 It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything
#9 That’s What Friends Aren’t For
#10 The Worst Things in Life are Also Free
#11: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
#12: Me! (Just Like You, Only Better)

Dear Dumb Diary Year Two Series:

#1 School Hasn’t This Gone on Long Enough?
#2 The Super Nice are Super Annoying
#3 Nobody’s Perfect I’m as Close as it Gets
#4 What I Don’t Know Might Hurt Me
#5 You Can Bet on That
#6 Live Each Day to the Dumbest

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

The Ugly Truth

  • Greg and Rowley have had a disagreement and are no longer hanging out.  Greg ‘s getting a little worried because school starts up soon and if he and Rowley aren’t friends again by then, who will he sit with at lunch? Not worried enough to actually DO anything about it though because, well, he’s Greg and that’s how Greg operates.

The only other kid my age who’s not paired up with someone is Fregley, but I ruled him out as best friend material a long time ago. (page 3)

Then Greg gets turned down for a commercial appearance, his Grandpa is his babysitter, his  Mom goes back to work  & he has to be the assistant ring bearer in his Uncle Gary’s fourth wedding. Like always Greg complains & whines & blames all of his troubles on somebody else – anybody except himself. What I’m saying is that he’s the same old Greg. And he’s still fun. I can think of a few days when I wanted to whine just like him. Author: Jeff Kinney Series: Diary of  a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series:
#1: Greg Heffley’s Journal on CDeBook
#2: Rodrick Rules on CDeBook
#3: The Last Straw on CDeBook
#4: Dog Days on CDeBook
#5: The Ugly Truth on CDeBook
#6: Cabin Fever on CDeBook
#7: The Third Wheel on CD
#8: Hard Luck

While you are waiting for Wimpy Kid 5, I suggest Big Nate, Smile and The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
Big Nate Big Nate Strikes Again Smile The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

 

 

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Dear Dumb Diary, The Worst Things in Life are Also Free

Dear Dumb Diary, The Worst Things in Life are Also Free

The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free

Jamie Kelly’s got some big plans for her summer vacation including swimming with dolphins and watching every scary movie ever made. Her best friend Isabella has a list too. They combine the two lists for a shared “List of Summer Excellence.” The problem is that every single thing on their lists costs money, which they don’t have.

At dinner tonight, I talked a little about my summer plans. Mom and Dad made their “expensive” face at every one of my ideas. I don’t know how they do it, but they have a way of tilting their heads and twisting their eyebrows as if to say, “That Costs Too Much,” without ever actually opeing their mouths. It’s like living with a pair of disapproving mimes. (page 18)

Things start to look up for The Summer of Excellence when Jamie’s Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol come over and announce that they will take Jamie, Isabella, & their other (sort of) friend Angeline (who happens to be Uncle Dan’s niece) to Screamotopia, an amusement park at which they can accomplish one of their Summer of Excellence goals – ride a roller coaster.

Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol will pay for the car trip and the hotel – the three girls have to come up with the price of admission. No problem, they say. They can babysit, walk dogs, wash cars, sell lemonade – it will be noooo problem coming up with $100 a piece in 3 weeks. Exept we’re talking Jamie Kelly here. If there was ever a kid who could turn a group project into a disaster…it’s her! Laugh outloud funny diary entries from the one and only Jamie Kelly. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, give these a try. Author: Jim Benton

Jim Benton – The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free (Dear Dumb Diary) from Expanded Books on Vimeo.

Dear Dumb Diary Series:

#1 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
#2 My Pants are Haunted (When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People)
#3 Am I the Princess or the Frog
#4 Never Do Anything, Ever
#5 Can Adults Become Human?
#6 The Problem with Here is That it’s Where I’m From
#7 Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
#8 It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything
#9 That’s What Friends Aren’t For
#10 The Worst Things in Life are Also Free
#11: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
#12: Me! (Just Like You, Only Better)

Dear Dumb Diary Year Two Series:

#1 School Hasn’t This Gone on Long Enough?
#2 The Super Nice are Super Annoying
#3 Nobody’s Perfect I’m as Close as it Gets
#4 What I Don’t Know Might Hurt Me
#5 You Can Bet on That
#6 Live Each Day to the Dumbest

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