I know I said last week was my favorite list so far, but this week is DEFINITELY my favorite so far.
I can’t get enough of classic fairy tales retold in funny and clever new ways. Happily, Ella is also an enormous fan too, so we’ve read many of them in the last couple of years. And I’ve been reading longer retellings of them for the last TWENTY years, so I’ve got quite a few favorites at this point.
- The Three Pigs by David Wiesner – I will never get tired of David Wiesner. In this one, the three little pigs get blown out of the story when the wolf huffs and puffs, and they find themselves popping in and out of all sorts of other fairy tales.
- Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson – In this reverse story, one bear goes for a walk and finds himself lost in the city. So he lets himself into an unlocked apartment for a little nap.
- Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel and Laura Huliska Beith – I do believe I read this to Ella 1,000 times earlier this year. Little Red loves spicy food and she uses her fire-proof tastebuds to get the best of the big bad wolf.
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith – This is the first fractured fairy tale I remember. My grandmother gave this to my dad when I was a kid and it’s remained one of my favorites. In it, the Big Bad Wolf shares his side of the story (he was framed!).
- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems – If you know Mo Willems from his Pigeon books or Knuffle Bunny, you know to expect great things. And you won’t be disappointed.
- Lon Po Po by Ed Young – This Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood won the Caldecott medal and definitely has a bit of a scary edge to it.
- The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka and Steve Johnson – What happens when you kiss a frog and he turns into a prince? And then he realizes he doesn’t actually want to be a prince and preferred life as a frog?
- The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg – This classic has held up surprisingly well in our house, despite all the parts. And show me a child who doesn’t love all the tiny letters and envelopes, and I’ll show you a pretend child.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I know the movie is terrible. The book is anything but. Forget Anne Hathaway and read it.
- Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff – Who knew there was so much backstory behind Rumpelstiltskin?
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – This was one of the first books I ever wrote about here back in 2007, and it’s still one of my all-time favorite books.
- Beauty by Robin McKinley – This was probably the first fairy tale retelling I ever read. I love this Beauty and the Beast story so so much.
- Rapunzel’s Revenge by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale and Nathan Hale – I’m not a mega graphic novel fan, but this one is just 100% delightful. How can you not love the idea of Rapunzel using her long hair as a lasso?
A Few Crafts, Activities, and Recipes:
- Rewrite your own fairy tales
- Make Rapunzel braids out of yarn
- Make oatmeal cookies in honor of Goldilocks (who wants a bowl of oatmeal, anyway?)
- Plant some magic beans (who knows what will grow?!)
- Have a one-shoe-off Cinderella race
- Make Caramel Apples (just make sure they aren’t poisoned by a witch!)
And, yippee! Giveaway!
Are you familiar with Caravan Shoppe? They produce the most beautiful children’s toys and art (and free printables!).
They’re giving away four sets of their Fairy Tale Olliblocks and they are a total smash hit. Look for some of their other products on my Instagram feed later this week. Everything they make is eye-poppingly clever or gorgeous or both.