My Favorite Fractured Fairy Tales

What are fractured fairy tales? Simply put, fractured fairy tales are classic fairy tales and children’s stories that have been altered for a comedic effect. I loved these kinds of stories growing up and they still delight me to this day. Here are five of my all-time favorites.

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

This sharp satire parodies many classic children’s stories and fairy tales in a world where frog princes stay frogs and ugly ducklings just grow up to be ugly ducks. The book mocks not only the source material, but itself as well, as characters travel in and out of their own stories, messing things up quite a bit in the process. Featuring dynamic illustrations by Lane Smith, this Caldecott Honor book is a delight for children and adults alike. Every page of this riotous read is funnier than the last.

3 Little PigsThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

With twice the charm and ten times the humor of the original tale, this is an enjoyable story that kids and adults will want to read again and again. In this amusing retelling, readers will hear the wolf’s side of the story. When Alexander T. Wolf goes calling on his neighbors to borrow a cup of sugar (for his dear old granny’s birthday cake) he huffs and snuffs and blows down the houses of two little pigs. But the wolf wasn’t trying to blow down those little pigs’ houses on purpose (and who builds a house out of straw, anyway?). He just had a terrible sneezing cold.

goldilocksGoldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Three dinosaurs – Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway – decide one day to make up their beds, set out some chairs, and cook three bowls of chocolate pudding at varying temperatures. Then the dinosaurs leave the house to go someplace else. They were definitely not hiding in the woods, waiting for a delicious, poorly supervised child to come by. This book gets funnier with every turn of the page. Fans of Mo Willems will recognize his trademark wit and ever-entertaining illustrations.

The Princess and the PigThe Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

When a self-involved queen accidentally drops her baby off of a balcony, the infant princess lands in a farmer’s cart. This sends the cart’s former inhabitant – a piglet – soaring into the sky and right into the princess’s cradle! When the king and queen discover a pig in their baby’s place, they assume that their daughter was cursed by a vengeful fairy. After all, this kind of thing happens all the time in books. The farmer and his wife suspect fairy magic as well, and decide to raise the pig-turned-baby as their own. This book is a laugh-a-minute fractured fairy tale. Kids and parents alike will smile at the references to classic fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Frog Prince. The lively, cartoonish illustrations fit the bill for this absurd tale of mistaken identity.

Rumpelstiltskin's DaughterRumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Diane Stanley

In this uplifting reimagining of the classic tale, the miller’s daughter marries Rumpelstiltskin instead of the king. Sixteen years later, Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter encounters the same greedy, gold-hungry king. Soon she finds herself in the same predicament her mother was once in – locked in a tower full of straw! While Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter may have no idea how to spin straw into gold, this clever heroine does have a few bright ideas that could help the suffering kingdom. This witty, beautifully illustrated book is a must-read!

I recommend these hilarious tales for ages 5+.

Do you enjoy fractured fairy tales? What’s your favorite?

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  1. Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter is next on my reading list… thank you!

  2. authoraileenstewart says:

    That’s so funny that you posted about The Stinky Cheese Man because my nine year old just brought that book home to read last week :0) Continued happy reading!

  3. I love, love, love fractured fairytales. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is s definite favorite. But I love all these. I also like Cinder Edna.

  4. I’ve just added these to my to be read list, they sound fab!

    I’m obviously 5 not 25 😉

  5. Fractured tales can be fun especially for middle grade students, but I still prefer the classics.

  6. Great recommendations, Katie! I love to see the twists the classics take in the fractured tales.

  7. says:

    We love the True story of the 3 little pigs it is hillarious! We’ve read several of the other books you listed and they are also very good!! I’d love for you to link this to my link up Finishing Strong Homeschooling trhough Middle & Highschool years, because your website is a great resource homeschoolers should be aware of…

  8. We love the Mo Willems version of Goldilocks – it’s hilarious 🙂 We also like Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson.
    Hopping over from the kid lit blog hop.

  9. Great list! My kids love The Princess and the Pig! It’s such a cute story.

  10. These are great books! My kids made a fairy tale newspaper where they fractured their own fairy tales, and they came out great!

  11. Like them all, but my favorite has to be The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

  12. Pintastic Katie!! Love Love Love this list! Thanks for sharing on Kidlit Bloghop this week!

  13. We LOVED Mo Willems’ version of the goldilocks. This is a great list.

  14. Fun! Fun! Fun! I love Jon Scieszka, but the rest are all new to me! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  15. ccarpinello says:

    I just love these. Have always used “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” in class for point of view. Thanks for sharing!

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