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ENG 8 - Fractured Fairy Tales: Home
A guide to the wide range of Fractured Fairy Tales which exist within the library
Fractured Fairy Tales
FRACTURED FAIRY TALES
Welcome to the world of Fractured Fairy Tales!
There are many picture books in the library that have changed the original fairy story to include different characters, different outcomes and sometimes turn the tables or show the story from another viewpoint. They are quite often very funny.
There are also some fractured fairy tales that have been written to tell a deeper, adult story.
If you search the Library Catalogue under Fractured Fairy Tales under Lists, you will find a large collection listed there.
You can use these as inspiration to fracture your favourite fairy tale by thinking outside the box and imagining the story that YOU want to see.
The Crimson thread by Suzanne WeynIn 1880s New York, Bertie is given work as a seamstress, and is able to create exquisite evening gowns overnight with the help of a man from her tenement named Ray Stalls. When Ray asks for her firstborn child as repayment, Bertie never dreams that he is serious. A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.
Call Number: F WEY
Publication Date: 2012
Spinning silver by Naomi NovikA new take on the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the original fairy tale, Naomi Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices - each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love - into a rich, multi-layered fantasy.
Call Number: F NOV
Publication Date: 2018
Fractured Fairy Tales from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
Little Red Riding Hood
Cassie and the Woolf by Olivia Snowe; Michelle Lamoreaux (Illustrator)In retelling Little Red Riding Hood, Caleb Woolf spots Cassie Cloak walking to her grandmother's apartment with a box of food, he strikes up a conversation. Of course, he arrives at Granny's before Cassie, ties up Granny, knocks out Cassie, and takes their food. After recovering, the women retaliate. Cassie invites Caleb to dinner at Granny's but the old woman deliberately floods her apartment with gas, and when Caleb arrives, she traps him inside until he faints.
Call Number: STF F SNO
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
The Last wolf by Mini GreyOnce upon a time, Little Red set off into the woods to catch a wolf... But the woods aren't all they seem - and are there even any wolves left? Mini Grey re-imagines the classic Little Red Riding Hood fable in an entirely new way. Can Little Red help her new friends in need and recover the wild days of the past?
Little Red Riding Hood: not quite by Yvonne MorrisonA humorous adaptation of the traditional fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. The story is narrated but includes interjections by a child listener, questioning the validity of events. Companion title to The Three Bears.
Leon Stumble's book of stupid fairytales by Doug MacleodRead entirely ridiculous stories about Jack and the Branstalk, Snow White and the Seventy Dwarfs and the Gingerbread Mane. Once you've read this book, you'll agree that Leon Stumble's new fairytales have that magic ingredient - stupidity!
Ash by Malinda LoIn this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.
Ninja-Rella by Joey Comeau; Omar Lozano (Illustrator)Cinderella's stepmother and two stepsisters treat her like dirt. Each and every day, they force her to clean their clothes, cook their meals, and only give her rags to wear and crumbs to eat. But each night, in secret and in shadows, Cinderella trains to be a ninja! More than anything, Cinderella yearns to become the Prince's personal bodyguard. But how can she prove her worth when her stepmother won't let her leave the house?
Call Number: Y JF COM
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Step sister by Jennifer DonnellyIsabelle is one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, who cut off her toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper; but there is more to her story than a maimed foot, for the Marquis de la Chance is about to offer her a choice and the opportunity to change her fate - there will be blood and danger, but also the possibility of redemption and triumph, and most of all the chance to find her true self.
Call Number: F DON
Publication Date: 2019
Cinders by Jan Brett (Illustrator)Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters do not recognize her.
Call Number: B JF BRE
Publication Date: 2013-11-05
The Crystal Heart by Sophie MassonA girl in a tower. An underground kingdom. This retelling of Rapunzel offers a gripping blend of magic, romance, adventure, fairytale, and mystery. When 17-year-old army conscript Kasper Bator is chosen to join the elite guard that keeps watch over a dangerous prisoner in a tower, he believes what he's been told: the prisoner is a powerful witch. But when he meets the prisoner, Kasper's life will change forever--for the prisoner is no witch, but a beautiful young girl. The daughter of the country's enemy, the Prince of Night, Izolda has been held hostage since she was three. And she is in imminent danger, for a prophecy says she must die on her 16th birthday if Krainos is to be saved from the Prince of Night. Kasper decides to help her escape. As the days pass, their friendship turns into real love, but their hiding place won't stay safe forever.
Rapunzel by Michele Jakubowski; Federica Frenna (Illustrator)In this You Choose adventure, Rapunzel can be a lonely high school student, hoping to escape her grandmother's apartment to audition for the school musical; a professional gamer, isolated and at the mercy of her overbearing manager; or the adopted daughter of Dame Gothel, rumored to be a witch - the reader decides which plot to pursue.
Call Number: Y JF JAK
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
Rapunzel cuts loose by Tony BradmanAt the end of a fairytale do they really live happily ever after? Does Rapunzel enjoy her new life at the palace when all she has to do all day is look after her lovely, long tresses. What happens when she rebels and has it all chopped off?
Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling LouieHalf-starved and overworked by her stepmother, Yeh-Shen's only friend is a fish with golden eyes. When the stepmother kills the fish for dinner, poor Yeh-Shen is left with only the bones. But the bones are filled with a powerful spirit. When Yeh-Shen is forbidden to attend the annual spring Festival, the spirit grants her a gown of azure blue and delicate golden slippers. That night, everyone marvels at the beautiful, mysterious young woman at the ball.
Call Number: J398.20951 TUA
Publication Date: 1996-05-07
How to write a Fractured Fairy Tale
The Sleeper and the spindle by Neil GaimanYou may think you know this story. There's a young queen, about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumour has it, to sleep forever. But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear in his trusty stead here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing...
A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce (Illustrator); Moonbot; Kenny Callicutt (Illustrator)You might think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but you might want to think again. In this fairy tale with a twist, it hasn't rained in days and the king has dictated that something must be done - his royal pinky is getting stinky! With a little magic from a wizard, young Jack, paired with his pea pod pal, will find a giant reason as to why there's no water left in the kingdom... and prove that size doesn't prevent anyone from doing something big.
Call Number: G JF JOY
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
Jack and the baked beanstalk by Colin StimpsonJack and his mum run a little burger van café. The cafe is close to broke because of the new flyover so when Jack comes home with only an old can of baked beans in return for their last few pennies, his mother throws it out of the window. Overnight it grows into a gigantic baked beanstalk, which takes Jack to the castle of a giant who spends his life counting his huge fortune. Jack helps the giant to find something more fun to do - namely becoming the famous chef at Jack's new cafe. Based on the folktale.
Beware of the bears! by Alan MacDonaldWhen the three bears' house is wrecked, there is only one suspect, Goldilocks. The three bears take revenge by going to Goldilock's cottage and causing havoc. But when Goldilocks returns, the three bears find they have made a terrible mistake.
Call Number: G JF MAC
Publication Date: 1998
Goldilocks and just one bear by Leigh Hodgkinson"We all know that when Goldilocks made a bit of a mess of the three bears' house, they were glad to see the back of her. But did you ever wonder what happened afterwards? A clever and funny sequel ... "
Fairytales for feisty girls by Suzanne McFarlaneModern-day princesses can rescue themselves, thank you very much! Rapunzel, Cinderella, Thumbelina and Little Red Riding Hood may get themselves into some tricky situations, but life is all about using your talents and science-ing your way out of trouble-without a prince in sight. A collection of twisted fairytales that feature strong heroines with smarts.
Call Number: O JF MCF
Publication Date: 2018
Fairy Tales from other cultures
Angkat by Jewell R. Coburn; Eddie Flotte (Illustrator)In the first English language retelling of this ancient Cambodian tale, our heroine goes further, survives more, and has to conquer her own mortality to regain her rightful place. Angkat - child of ashes - endures great wrongs as she seeks to rise above the distresses caused by her own family.
Call Number: J398.209596 COB
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
Jouanah by Jewell R. Coburn; Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator); Tzexa Cherta Lee (As told to)Jouanah's story takes readers to the remote mountains of Southeast Asia, to the traditional home of the Laotian Hmong. All essential Cinderella elements are here - startling transformation, a kind-hearted but mistreated central character, and an evil step-family. However, let us not forget the fairy godmother, a handsome elder's son who comes to the rescue, the dainty shoe, and the most important element of all - Love!