Read-Alikes: Fractured Fairy Tales

Read-Alikes: Fractured Fairy Tales

True Story Three Pigs    This month’s Read-Alikes column is a little different – we are listing Fractured Fairy Tales instead of focusing on one novel or series. These fun spoofs of common folk and fairy tales are a hit with a wide age range; here we have arranged them by original tale being spoofed. Also included are some multicultural versions of common tales, such as Cinderella. For more on these popular books, check out: or .


Aesop’s Fables

Hartman, Bob. The Wolf Who Cried Boy.

Lessie, Pat. Fablesauce: Aesop Reinterpreted in Rhyming Couplets.

Levine, Gail Carson. Betsy Who Cried Wolf.

Rosenthal, Paul. Yo, Aesop! Get a Load of These Fables!

Scieszka, Jon. Squids Will Be Squids.

Baba Yaga (Witch in Russian Folk Tales)

Johnston, Tony. Alice Nizzy Nazzy: the Witch of Sante Fe.

Lurie, Alison. The Black Geese: a Baba Yaga Story from Russia.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. Grandma Chickenlegs.

Beauty and the Beast

McKinley, Robin. Beauty : A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Beast.

The Bremen Town Musicians

Price, Kathy. The Bourbon Street Musicians.

Chicken Little/Henny Penny

Byrd, Robert. Brave Chicken Little.

Hopkins, Jackie Mims. Prairie Chicken Little.

Palatini, Margie. Earthquack!

Teague, Mark. The Sky Is Falling!


Buehner, Caralyn. Fanny’s Dream.

Brucker, Meredith. Anklet for a Princess: a Cinderella Story from India.

Carey, Lorraine. Cinderella’s Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf.

Climo, Shirley. The Egyptian Cinderella.

Climo, Shirley. The Irish Cinderlad.

Climo, Shirley. The Korean Cinderella.

Climo, Shirley. The Persian Cinderella.

Coburn, Jewell Reinhard. Angkat: the Cambodian Cinderella.

Coburn, Jewell Reinhard. Domitila: a Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition.

Coburn, Jewell Reinhard. Jouanah: a Hmong Cinderella.

Cole, Babette. Prince Cinders.

Daly, Judy. Fair Brown and Trembling: an Irish Cinderella Story.

DeLaPaz, Myrna J. Abadeha: the Philippine Cinderella.

DeLasCasas, Dianne. Cenderellaphant.

DePaola, Tomie. Adelita: a Mexican Cinderella Story.

Dodd, Emma. Cinderelephant.

Goode, Diane. Cinderella, the Dog, and her Little Glass Slipper.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella.

Hickox, Rebecca. The Golden Sandal: a Middle Eastern Cinderella Story.

Huck, Charlotte. Toads and Diamonds.

Huck, Charlotte. Princess Furball.

Jackson, Ellen. Cinder Edna.

Jaffe, Nina. The Way Meat Loves Salt; a Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition.

Johnston, Tony. Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella.

Ketteman, Helen. Bubba, the Cowboy Prince.

Lattimore, Deborah. Cinderhazel: the Cinderella of Halloween.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.

Louie, Ai-Ling. Yeh-Shen: a Cinderella Story from China.

Lowell, Susan. Cindy Ellen: a Wild Western Cinderella.

Maguire, Gregory. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

Martin, Rafe. Rough-Face Girl.

Meddaugh, Susan. Cinderella’s Rat.

Munsch, Robert. Paper Bag Princess.

Perlman, Janet. Cinderella Penguin, or, The Little Glass Flipper.

Pollock, Penny. The Turkey Girl: a Zuni Cinderella Story.

Pullman, Philip. I Was a Rat!

San Souci, Robert. Cendrillon: a Caribbean Cinderella.

San Souci, Robert. Cinderella Skeleton.

San Souci, Robert. Sootface: an Ojibwa Cinderella Story.

San Souci, Robert. Little Gold Star: a Spanish American Cinderella Tale.

Schroeder, Alan. Smoky Mountain Rose: an Appalachian Cinderella.

Sierra, Judy. The Gift of the Crocodile.

Silverman, Erica. Raisel’s Riddle.

Steptoe, John. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.

Underwood, Deborah. Interstellar Cinderella.

Collections of Characters & Stories

Ahlberg, Janet. Each Peach, Pear, Plum.

Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Really Helpful Bedtime Stories.

Child, Lauren. Beware of the Storybook Wolves.

Datlow, Ellen. A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales.

Duffy, Chris. Fairy Tale Comics.

Lansky, Bruce. Newfangled Fairy Tales, Book 1.

Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

Steig, William. Shrek!

Vande Velde, Vivian. Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird.

Cow who Jumped Over the Moon

Choldenko, Gennifer. Moonstruck: The True Story of the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon.

Stevens, Janet. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.

Elves and the Shoemaker

Lowell, Susan. The Bootmaker and the Elves.

Emperor’s New Clothes

Goode, Diane. The Dinosaur’s New Clothes.

Perlman, Janet. The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes.

Yolen, Jane. King Long Shanks.

Fisherman and His Wife

Polacco, Patricia. Luba and the Wren.

Frog Prince

Calmenson, Stephanie. The Frog Principal.

Scieszka, Jon. The Frog Prince, Continued.

Gingerbread Boy

Aylesworth, Jim. Gingerbread Man.

Brett, Jan. Gingerbread Baby.

Compestine, Ying Chang. The Runaway Rice Cake.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. The Gingerbread Girl.

Kimmel, Eric. The Runaway Tortilla.

Kimmelman, Leslie. The Runaway Latkes.

Murray, Laura. “Gingerbread Man” series.

Sawyer, Ruth. Journey Cake, Ho!

Shulman, Lisa. The Matzo Ball Boy.

Squires, Jaent. The Gingerbread Cowboy.

Stihler, Cherie. Sourdough Man: an Alaskan Folktale.

Stobbs, William. Johnny-cake.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Catalano, Dominic. Santa and the Three Bears.

Denim, Sue. The Dumb Bunnies.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Goldilocks Returns.

Lowell, Susan. Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.

Maccarone, Grace. The Three Bears ABC: an Alphabet Book.

MacDonald, Alan. Beware of the Bears!

Marshall, James. Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Meyers, Cindy. Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Modugno, Maria. Santa Claus and the Three Bears.

Perl. Erica S. Goatilocks and the Three Bears.

Petach, Heidi. Goldilocks and the Three Hares.

Schwartz, Corey Rosen and Beth Coulton. Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.

Tolhurst, Marilyn. Somebody and the Three Blairs.

Turkle, Brinton. Deep in the Forest.

Willems, Mo. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.

Yim, Natasha. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas.

Hansel and Gretel

Hillier, Margaret. The Cookie House.

Marshall, James. Hansel and Gretel.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Murray, Alison. Hickory Dickory Dog. Candlewick, 2014.

House That Jack Built

Scieszka, Jon. The Book That Jack Wrote.

Sierra, Judy. The House That Drac Built.

Humpty Dumpty

Graham, Bob. Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty Dumpty’s Little Sister.

Imai, Miko. Little Lumpty.

Kirk, Daniel. Humpty Dumpty.

O’Malley, Kevin. Humpty Dumpty Egg-Slodes.

I Know An Old Lady…

Colandro, Lucille. “There Was an Old Lady…” series.

Jackson, Alison. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.

Sloat, Teri. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Briggs, Raymond. Jim and the Beanstalk.

Johnson, Paul Brett. Jack Outwits the Giants.

Ketteman, Helen. Waynetta and the Cornstalk.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Crazy Jack.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Kate and the Beanstalk.

Stanley, Diane. The Giant and the Bean Stalk.

Swope, Sam. Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants.

King Midas

Catling, Patrick. The Chocolate Touch.

Lazy Jack

DeFelice, Cynthia. Mule Eggs.

Rockwell, Anne. The Gollywhopper Egg.

The Lion or the Tiger

Morrison, Toni. The Lion or the Mouse.

Morrison, Toni. The Poppy or the Snake.

Little Red Hen

Ada, Alma Flor. With Love, Little Red Hen.

Oppenheim, Joanne. “Not now!” Said the Cow.

Shannon, George. Turkey Tot.

Stevens, Janet. Cook-A-Doodle-Doo.

Sturges, Philemon. The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.

Little Red Riding Hood

Artell, Mike. Petite Rouge: a Cajun Red Riding Hood.

Daly, Niki. Pretty Salma: a Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Little Red Riding Hood: a Newfangled Prairie Tale.

Fox, Diane and Christyan Fox. The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma.

Gunderson, Jessica. Little Red Riding Hood Stories from Around the World

Heapy, Teresa. Very Little Red Riding Hood.

Kimmel, Eric. Little Red Hot.

Lazar, Tara. Little Red Gliding Hood.

Lowell, Susan. Little Red Cowboy Hat.

McNaughton, Colin. Oops!

Mortimer, Rachael. Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf.

O’Byrne, Nicola. Use Your Imagination (but be careful what you wish for!).

Schwartz, Corey Rosen. Ninja Red Riding Hood.

Stein, Peter. Little Red’s Riding ‘Hood.

Woollvin, Bethan. Little Red.

Young, Ed. Lon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood Story from China.

Mother Goose

Gosling, Gabby. The Top Secret Files of Mother Goose!

Herz, Henry, et. al. Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes.

Jackson, Alison. If the Shoe Fits.

Sanders, Nancy I. A Pirate’s Mother Goose (and other rhymes).

Sierra, Judy. Monster Goose.

Smith, Danna. Mother Goose’s Pajama Party.

Trapani, Iza. Old King Cole.

Zalben, Jane Breskin. Hey, Mama Goose.

Old MacDonald

Ormerod, Jan. Ms. MacDonald Has a Class.

Palatini, Margie. Piggie Pie.

Shulman, Lisa. Old Macdonald Had a Woodshop.

Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe

McDonald, Margaret Read. The Old Woman who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle.

Princess and the Pea

Auch, Mary Jane. The Princess and the Pizza.

Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Princess Pigtoria and the Pea.

Grey, Mini. The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be.

Johnston, Tony. The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea.

Levine, Gail Carson. Princess Test.

Perlman, Nancy. The Penguin and the Pea.

Puss in Boots

Huling, Jan and Phil. Puss in Cowboy Boots.


Gunderson, Jessica. Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!

Napoli, Donna Jo. Zel.

Wilcox, Leah. Falling for Rapunzel.

Roberts, Lynn. Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale.


Hamilton, Virginia. The Girl Who Spun Gold.

Schmidt, Gary D. Straw into Gold.

Zemach, Harve. Duffy and the Devil: a Cornish Tale.

Sleeping Beauty

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Snoring Beauty.

Levine, Gail Carson. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep.

Minters, Frances. Sleepless Beauty.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Sleeping Bobby.

Paterson, Katherine. The Wide-Awake Princess.

Yolen, Jane. Sleeping Ugly.

Snow White

Cali, Davide. Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs.

Delessert, Etienne. The Seven Dwarfs.

Stone Soup

Compestine, Ying Chang. The Real Story of Stone Soup.

Davis, Aubrey. Bone Button Borscht.

DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona.

Fullerton, Alma. Community Soup.

Gershator, David. Kallaloo! A Caribbean Tale.

Glaser, Linda. Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls: A Passover Tale in Chelm.

Kimmel, Eric. Cactus Soup.

Mosel, Arlene. The Funny Little Woman.

Muth, Jon. Stone Soup.

Zemach, Harve. Nail Soup.

Teeny Tiny Woman

Calmenson, Stephanie. Teeny Tiny Teacher.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Crosby, Jeff. The Rockabilly Goats Gruff.

Emberley, Rebecca. Three Cool Kids.

Hassett, John. Three Silly Girls Grubb.

Mortimer, Rachael. The Three Billy Goats Fluff.

Shaskan, Stephen. The Three Triceratops Tuff.

Three Little Pigs

Asch, Frank. Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs.

Blackford, Andy. The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbors.

Gordon, David. The Three Little Rigs.

Grace, Will. The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.

Kellogg, Steven. The Three Little Pigs.

Ketteman, Helen. The Three Little Gators.

Kim, Cecil. The Three Pig Sisters.

Kimmel, Eric. The Three Little Tamales.

Lowell, Susan. The Three Little Javelinas.

Maccarone, Grace. The Three Little Pigs Count to 100.

Marshall, James. The Three Little Pigs.

McNaughton, Colin. Oops!

Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

Trivizas, Eugene. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.

Whatley, Bruce. Wait! No Paint!

Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs.

Tortoise and the Hare

Bruchas, Joseph. Turtle’s Race with Beaver.

Floyd, Lucy. Rabbit and Turtle Go to School.

Town Mouse and Country Mouse

Summers, Kate. Milly and Tilly: The Story of a Town Mouse and a Country Mouse.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Allen, Debbie. Brothers of the Knight.

Bateman, Teresa. The Princess Have a Ball.

Fitchett, Gordon. The Twelve Princesses.

Heyman, Alissa. Twelve Dancing Unicorns.

Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool

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