Top 10 Must Read Fractured Fairy Tales

Ever come across a fairy tale where the story is completely changed or twisted. Well, if you want to sound all literary next time just call them ‘Fractured’. The term Fractured Fairy Tales apparently originated in the 1950’s television series ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’. The show had a segment called Fractured Fairy Tales where fairy tales were told in a comic fashion. The same format has been adapted into picture books for children where playful variation of characters has been incorporated into the story. In children’s literature you will find that Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have played around with this concept the most and that too in the most successful manner.

fractured-fairy-tales-1There is never really a purpose to creativity. I don’t believe in giving a reason to why a fairy tale needs to be fractured. It’s quite simple you know. Every time we hear a story from the point of view of the same characters. With the introduction of this concept it suddenly became okay to fracture a fairy/folk tale opening out a whole new world of views. The stories can be told from the point of view of any of the other characters. Heroes can be villains and villains can be heroes. The ends can change, twists and turns can be added and make the whole story as bizarre as you like it. This is a great concept that can be used as a creativity exercise for children. Ask the kids to fracture the fairy tale and come up with their own version of the story.


1. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith


The three little pigs are always stealing the thunder. For once hear the wolf’s version of the story as told to Jon Scieszka. It is quite sad actually because the whole thing was a big misunderstanding. All Alexander T Wolf wanted was a cup of sugar to make his granny a cake. Dear me! – Buy Now

2. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith


The name of the game is ‘Tell it as it is people’. In this collection of well-known stories we find out the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The ugly duck grows up to be, guess what, an ugly duck.  The princess kisses the frog, only, it’s just a frog and all she gets is slime. You get where I am going with this :)? – Buy Now

3. Prince Cinders by Babette Cole


Cinderella is a boy! Yay! Step sisters are brothers, chariots are cars, ballroom parties are a disco and the fairy godmother is a complete goof. My favorite part is that the slippers is a pair of trousers. (I never saw that one coming.:) ) – Buy Now

4. Lon Po Po – A Red Riding Hood story from China by Ed Young


For a change Granny is visiting and the kids. The smart kids realising the ploy of the wolf tempt him with some ginkgo nuts and lead him to his death. With brilliant illustrations by Ed Young comes another fine picture book. – Buy Now

5. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury


The three little pigs and the big bad wolf is one of the most fractured tales in history. In this one it is quite the opposite where the three little wolves have to look put for the big bad pig. They do build sturdy houses but the pig comes each time with better implements of destruction. Finally you won’t believe what saves them – flowers. Find out how in this incredibly cute fractured tale. – Buy Now

6.The frog prince continued by Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson


The princess kissed the frog and they lived happily ever after. Or did they? The princess is unhappy with the prince’s froggy habits and the prince is yearning to be a frog again. A hilarious continuation of the Princess and the Frog! – Buy Now

7. Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, Lydia Monks


With the tower being so tall Rapunzel is unable to hear the prince. She throws down everything except her hair. Sounds like a bad hair, sorry, hear day. Finally she ends up throwing something that makes the prince’s dreams come true. – Buy Now

8. Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems


Porridge turns into pudding and bears turn into evil, conniving Dinosaurs in this Mo Willems’ version of Goldilocks and the three bears. And oh you must read the book to find out if the Pigeon made a guest appearance. – Buy Now

9. Sleeper and the spindle by Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell


Ooooo!!! This one I wrote a review about. Here is the link. Neil Gaiman did a fantastic job of mixing Sleeping beauty and Snow white and the seven Dwarfs into a yummy upside down cake. With girl power written all over it this one tops my list. But I must warn you – it’s not for kids. – Buy Now

10. Seriously Cinderella is so annoying: The story of Cinderella as told by the Wicked Stepmother by Trisha Speed Shaskan, Gerald Guerlais


This one is from the point of view of the stepmother. Cinderella is a talkative girl who talks and talks and talks the poor stepmother and her darlings to death (not literally) till she gets married off. – Buy Now


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