Book Lists

List: Fairy Tales Retold

These are fairy tales, but with a twist. In each of these books the basic story is strongly based on a classic fairy tale, but there is something genuinely different about it from the traditional version most of us are used to, whether it be in the illustrations or text. The lists are broken down by base story, but all on this page. Links of titles go to the page for the book on Links on authors or illustrators go to my review page for them.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty by Robin McKinley
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli


Berry Fairy Tales Cinderella by Megan E. Bryant, illustrated by Scott Neely
Fair, Brown and Trembling: An Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly
Adelita by Tomie de Paola
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller
The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie, illustrated by Ed Young
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by David Catrow
Cinderella's Dress by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Jane Dyer

Diamonds and Toads

The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Principal's New Clothes by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Denise Brunkus

The Frog Prince

The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
For Biddle's Sake by Gail Carson Levine

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski

The Golden Goose

The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine

The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel by James Marshall

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk by Paul Galdone
Jack and the Beanstalk by Primarius Corporation, illustrated by Paul Meisel

Little Red Riding Hood

Lon Po Po by Ed Young

The Princess and the Glass Hill

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine


Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Barbie as Rapunzel by Cliff Ruby and Elana Lasser, illustrated by Rob Sauber


Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen
Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde

Sleeping Beauty

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty by Jonathan Allen
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Snow White and Rose Red

Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow by Tracy Lynn
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire

The Three Bears

Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell, illustrated by Randy Cecil

The Three Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun


The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
The Princess School Series by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens\
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith