Books and Library, Fairy Tales

Reading Beauty By Deborah Underwood

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Back of Book: 

When a fairy’s curse—a deathlike sleep via paper cut—threatens to make her kingdom barren of books, it’s up to space princess Lex to break the spell and bring books back to her people. Set in the universe of the acclaimed Cinderella, this empowering bedtime story will entice young readers with its brave heroine, star-studded setting, and hilarious, heartwarming happy ending.

My Review: 

I received a copy of this picture book from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review.  

 Readers will love this fun sci-fi twist on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. I love using fractured fairy tales in my classroom to teach my students different perspectives. We read Reading Beauty last week and my students loved the unique setting and plot twists. The rhyming text made this an engaging a fun story. The edgy illustrations by Meg Hunt are done in pastels and paint a perfect picture to match a scientific fairytale. 

My favorite part of this book is that it centers around a love of reading and how important books are. I used the theme to have a conversation with my class about why literacy is important and how we can continue to embrace it. 

This is a terrific picture book that should be in every elementary classroom. 

Ages 5 and up

44 Pages

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Fairy Tales

Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother By Trisha Speed Shaskan

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Back of Book:
OF COURSE you think Cinderella was the sweetest belle of the ball. You don’t know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you…
The Story of Cinderella as told by the Wicked Stepmother.
My Review:
I love using fractured fairytales to show readers a different perspective of different stories. Seriously Cinderella is So Annoying is a perfect comparison to add to any Cinderella unit. The story is told from the wicked stepmother’s point of view and spins a different view for readers. The text is hysterical and keeps readers laughing the entire time.
The illustrations by Gerald Guerlais are bright and bring the story to life. The details on the animals are engaging and colorful.
The back of the book has discussion questions that are perfect for compare and contrast conversations. Trisha wrote these stories with teachers in mind. She added a glossary, further reading, and internet sites for extra research. I am planning on getting this entire collection to share in my classroom. A perfect addition to any lesson on different points of view.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

Fairy Tales, Uncategorized

It’s Not Hansel and Gretel (It’s Not a Fairy Tale) by Josh Funk

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Back of Book:
Hansel and Gretel will not listen to their storyteller. For one thing, who leaves a trail of bread crumbs lying around, when there are people starving? Not Hansel, that’s for sure! And that sweet old lady who lives in a house made of cookies and candy? There’s no way she’s an evil witch! As for Gretel, well, she’s about to set the record straight—after all, who says the story can’t be called Gretel and Hansel? It’s time for these wacky siblings to take their fairy tale into their own hands. So sit back and enjoy the gingerbread!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Two Lions Press in exchange for an honest review.
Josh Funk has created another entertaining fractured fairytale. This time Hansel and Gretel are off on a very different adventure than their original tale. The story begins like the classic fairy tale but quickly is taken over by Hansel and Gretal. This leads to some hysterical conversations between the narrator and the children. The text is made up of regular text as well as speech bubbles. The illustrations by Edwardian Taylor are bright and vibrant. I thought of so many ways to use this in my classroom as a teaching tool. It is a perfect book to teach narration in a story, plot, foreshadowing etc. A great addition to my classroom library.
Ages 6 and up

40 Pages

 

Fairy Tales

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk

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Back of Book:

 

Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

 

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.

 

My Review:

 

Anytime Josh Funk writes a new story I get excited! He is a true master at crafting stories. It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk is not exception.  I love the structure of this story. The text is different in that Jack and the narrator converse throughout the book. This allows readers to see the story in several different points of view. I can see using this book in my classroom as a writing prompt for the difference between narration and characters. I also loved the twist on the timeless tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The illustrations are full of character and color. Readers will enjoy seeing other fairy tales weaved within the pages. A very funny and enjoyable story.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

40 Pages

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Fairy Tales

Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince

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Back of Book:
Once upon a seaworthy sloop lived three pirates: the big, pilfering Papa, the medium-sized, menacing Mama, and the small, bonny Baby, a pirate-in-training. They were excellent pirates, but not very good housekeepers, so their gruel wasn’t tasty, their stools weren’t sturdy, and their hammocks weren’t hung properly. Luckily for them, Goldenlocks happened along when they were out for a row in the harbor. April Jones Prince’s rollicking text and Steven Salerno’s swashbuckling paintings make Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates a first-rate adventure and a spirited take on Goldilocks.
My Review:
I love sharing different versions of classic fairy tales with my students. When I picked up Goldenlocks and the three Pirates, I completely fell in love with changes from the original. I have never read a version where Goldenlocks helps and makes things better. I think that the change is a unique twist on this fractured fairytale. The text is well written and has a rhyming pattern that is easy for readers to follow along with. I loved that Goldenlocks is shown as being an intelligent and strong young woman. The illustrations in this story are well drawn, and show readers all the parts of the ship. If you are teaching a unit about fairy tales add this to your reading list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

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Back of Book:
Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale! A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won’t believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!
My Review:
This is a great twist on the well- known classic of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved that this story had many of the fairy tale characters that children know and love like Little Miss Muffat and Humpty Dumpty. The concept of having a skating competition makes it a perfect book to read during the winter time. The illustrations are fun and bring the fairy tale characters to life. This is one of my favorite fractured fairy tale books.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Read Your World

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya

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Back of Book:
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling.
El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree.
The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa.
But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . .
Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.
My Review:
This is a fantastic twist to the well known and loved fairy tale. The Spanish words sprinkled within the text are a perfect amount to teach children select Spanish terms. The English text is in a rhyming pattern that makes the story fun and engaging. There is a note in the back of the book from the illustrator that tells readers about the beauty of the artwork. The illustrations are inspired by the villagers of Huilloc and are simply breathtaking. The twist at the end of the story is unique and makes the story different then other fairy tales.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales

The Mermaid By Jan Brett

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Back of Book:
When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.

But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.

Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett’s trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.

My Review:
I am such a huge fan of Jan Brett and fractured fairytales. This book is a beautiful combination of both. The story follows the filmier tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. Kiniro is a young mermaid with a curious mind. She enters the home of an octopus family and makes herself at home. She tries all the shells, chairs, and finally the beds. When the family returns they find Kiniro fast asleep in their bed. The difference in this book, is that Kiniro feels guilty that she broke the little octopus’s chair. In the end, she makes amends and brings the baby octopus a gift. As always, Jan Brett’s illustrations are beautiful and so engaging. Her detail to the underwater story is what makes it so engaging. In the back of the story, Jan shares that her inspiration for this book came from a visit to Okinawa. I love viewing each small picture within the page. Jan has done it again and created a masterpiece.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Friendship

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Back of Book:
The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing.

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

My Review:
If you are like me, you fell in love with Uni the Unicorn. I was more excited about the return of Uni then my students were. When I finally got my hands on this book I was thrilled. This is another amazing story written by the late Amy. She was truly an inspiration to anyone who picked up her books. Readers get to see Uni and the little girl get together. This book is written for the readers who want to believe in the magic and beauty of unicorns. The illustrations jump of the page, and bring you to a world where anything can happen. The ending is joyful and filled with hope. Amy wrote from her hear until the end of her life. Her goal was to leave a lasting impression behind. I believe that she accomplished just that. Great read aloud for all.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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If you have never read the letter from Amy titled you may want to marry my husband. Click Here and read with tissues. She passed away in March of 2017.

Fairy Tales, Uncategorized

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale By Penny Parker Klostermann

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Back of Book: In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn’t quite fit in. He’d rather poach pears than pursue princesses, and he values gnocchi over knighthood. . . .

When he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to spice things up and whips the paltry ingredients into delectable dishes. But as you might have guessed, Snow White’s wicked stepmother doesn’t exactly want her magic apple baked and drizzled with caramel.

The team that brought you There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight delivers a hilariously fractured, whipped, and souffléed fairy tale that is chock-full of delicious details and jokes to satisfy every appetite.
My Review:
I absolutely love reading fractured fairy tales. I think that this unique take on William loving to cook is a clever, and fun interpretation. I thought that Penny did an excellent job of teaching children that cooking can be fun. I loved that William made Baked Apples, Carmel Drizzle, and Bean Soup. The story gives a nod to several of the most popular fairy tales. Ben is a talented illustrator and brought each fairytale character to life. This is a imaginative book and one that children will want to read over and over.

Ages 7 and up

40 Pages

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