The Top Ten Fairy Tales Fractured in 2014 by Emily Andrus

Nerdy Book Club

Fairy tales are as important to the literary world as bacon is to life—they’re foundational, ensconced in our societal psyche. Modern stories still thrive on this foundation, including the ever popular “fractured fairy tales,” which present the traditional tale with an unexpected twist. They make for an excellent unit in the classroom with a few example books; fairy tales are a great writing prompt for all grades. The following ten fairy tales have been the inspiration for several new books published last year.

Little Red Riding Hood


A little girl being waylaid by a wolf on her way to Grandma’s sound pretty dangerous. Well, what if that little girl is actually a ninja? As one of my most favorite picture books released this year, Ninja Red Riding Hood from Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat definitely adds some high-flying, action-packed excitement to the original tale. Also released were the…

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