Fractured Fairy Tales
Oddball Versions of the Standards
You’ve got to love fractured fairy tales. Creative authors take the old tales and twist them with weird plot turns, unusual settings, and new points of view. And end up creating wildly entertaining new versions. Here are a few:
Princess Pink falls through the refrigerator and lands in the Land of Fake-Believe, where she meets a girl named Moldylocks. Moldylocks takes the princess to the home of the Three Beards. When the Three Beards capture Moldylocks, Princess Pink knows she has to rescue her. This is one of the first books of the Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe series. It’s an early reader chapter book.
Goldilocks is an innocent traveler in the woods when she falls into a trap set by three dinosaurs. She may be innocent but she is no fool. Finally, she ends up in the story she was heading for all along…
In this wordless book, a baby bear wanders into a home in the woods and eats the porridge, breaks a chair, and falls asleep in a bed. When the unsuspecting parents and their golden-haired daughter return home, they discover the bear’s handiwork. The illustrations are perfect!
This is a fairly straightforward version of the story but the illustrations definitely aren’t typical. The illustrator dresses the characters in clothes that are inspired by famous fashion designers from the 20th and 21th centuries. Very fun!
Cinderella Bigfoot by Mike Thaler, illustrated by Jared Lee
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Cinderella Bigfoot has, you guessed it, very big feet. When her stepmother and stepsisters leave her at home while they go to the royal ball, Cinderella is visited by a cow in a pink tutu (her dairy Godmother). The rest of the story is familiar and yet quite different. It’s also very fun. This is part of the Happily Ever Laughter series. Other titles include The Princess and the Pea-Ano, Hanzel and Pretzel, and Schmoe White and the Seven Dorfs.
A farmer, who is moving to Florida, pays off his pigs for their hard work. What should they buy with their earnings? Potato chips? Sody-pop? Yes, but also building supplies. Good thing, for all their purchase come in handy when the somewhat bad wolf comes to town.
Although you’d never guess it from the title, this is a retelling of The Three Pigs. In this version, the pigs move out of their house to get away from the 73 other pigs who live there. The pigs build the standard straw, stick, and brick houses. They are visited by the standard big, bad wolf but things get quite different after this. Let’s just say, the illustrator had a little trouble with this story!
Poor Alexander T. Wolf! All he wants is to make a birthday cake for his dear old granny. In this tale, he sets the story straight, tracing his problems back to a sneeze and a cup of sugar.
Three little tamales were cooling on the windowsill. A runaway tortilla warns them of danger so they take off. One builds her casita (house) of sagebrush, the second builds his of cornstalks, and the third builds his of cactus. Along comes Señor Lobo (wolf) and puffs like a Texas tornado. No doubt you can guess which casita saves the day.
This version is told in rhyme with wildly enthusiastic illustrations. Red Riding Hood is a goose. There is an alligator instead of a big bad wolf. How does Little Red get out of this? I won’t say exactly, but there’s a sausage covered in hot sauce involved.
The author has taken well-known fairy tales and given them a new twist. The titles give a pretty good idea of what to expect: Spiderella, Rafunzel, The Emperor’s New Hair, Slurping Beauty and 7 more.
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I hope you enjoy this bunch of fractured fairy tales as much as I did!