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Curtis Kids: Fractured Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

“Fractured Fairy Tales” are adaptations of traditional tales. They may show new points of view, role reversals, new characters and plot twists, sequels, alternative settings, or fairy-tale combinations. They are often very funny!

The books listed here are shelved in the Picture Books areas unless otherwise indicated.

Note: This list is a work in progress. More updates pending…


Traditional Tale:  THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
Fractured Tales:

The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman


Traditional Tale:  CINDERELLA
Fractured Tales:

Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson

Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd

Chickerella by Mary Jane Auch

Cinderella’s Dress by Nancy Willard

Cinderella’s Rat by Susan Meddaugh

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett

If the Shoe Fits: Voices from Cinderella by Laura Whipple (j811.54)

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Ponyella by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans

Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying! by Trisha Speed Shaskan

Very Little Cinderella by Teresa Heapy


Traditional Tale:  THE FROG PRINCE
Fractured Tales:

The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka

Princess Zelda and the Frog by Carol Gardner


Traditional Tale:  THE GINGERBREAD MAN
Fractured Tales:

Catch That Cookie by Hallie Durant

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett (jHoliday)

The Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray (jHoliday)

The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo by Laura Murray

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Klodstrup (jHoliday)

The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy: A San Francisco Story by Elisa Kleven

The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle

Ninjabread Man by C.J. Leigh


Fractured Tales:

B. Bear and Lolly: Off to School by A.A. Livingstone

Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl

Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Goldilocks Returns by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

Me and You by Anthony Browne

Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno

Tackylocks and the Three Bears by Helen Lester

The Three Bears’ Christmas by Kathy Duval (jHoliday)

The Three Bears’ Halloween by Kathy Duval (jHoliday)

The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada


Fractured Tales:

The Giant and the Beanstalk by Diane Stanley

Jack and the Beanstalk by Nina Crews

Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate by Loreen Leedy

Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne


Traditional Tale:  THE LITTLE RED HEN
Fractured Tales:

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzoh by Leslie Kimmelman (jHoliday)

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza Philemom Sturges

Out of the Egg by Tina Matthews

With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada


Fractured Tales:

Betsy Red Hoodie by Gail Carson Levine

Into the Forest by Anthony Browne

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel

Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy


Fractured Tales:

Beware of Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child

Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tale Plays by J.M. Wolf (j812.6)

Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada

Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest by Alma Flor Ada

Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

Fairy Trails: A Story Told in English and Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya

Fractured Fables edited by JimValentino and Kristin K. Simon

The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer (jKit)

Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Kloske and Barry Blitt

Previously by Allan Ahlberg

Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa

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

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman (j428.6)


Fractured Tales:

The Pied Piper’s Magic by Steven Kellogg


Fractured Tales:

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be by Mini Grey


Traditional Tale:  RAPUNZEL
Fractured Tales:

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox


Traditional Tale:  RUMPELSTILTSKIN
Fractured Tales:

Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Diane Stanley


Traditional Tale:  SLEEPING BEAUTY
Fractured Tales:

Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine by Kathryn Lasky

Sleeping Bobby by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne

Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen (jE)

Snoring Beauty by Bruce Hale

Very Little Sleeping Beauty by Teresa Heapy

Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox


Fractured Tales:

Rockabilly Goats Gruff by Jeff Crosby

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe by Catherine Valente Youngquist (398.2)

The Three Silly Billies by Margie Palatini


Traditional Tale:  THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Fractured Tales:

Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda

20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris

Three Horrid Little Pigs by Liz Pichon

Three Little Dassies by Jan Brett

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz

The Three Pigs by David Weisner

The Three Swingin’ Pigs by Vicky Rubin

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs … by Jon Scieszka


Fractured Tales:

The Princesses Have a Ball by Teresa Bateman

Twelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman



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