Top 5 Fairy Tale Retellings

By The Reading Room CLE

By The Reading Room CLE

This book list was submitted by Amanda Maurer. Maurer is a coffee drinker, book reader, writer, and creator, as well as a student at Loyola University Chicago, where she is majoring in English and Multimedia Journalism. 

 

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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer

$19.99 $18.39

Meyer’s quartet, The Lunar Chronicles, is perhaps the most popular series of retellings within the Young Adult literary world. Featuring adaptations of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White, this thrilling futuristic series will defy your childhood expectations.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

$7.99 $7.35

Do you ever find that as you grow older, you tend to sympathize more with the villain than with the hero? Well, in 32 short pages, this children’s book makes readers of any age feel exactly that.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Gregory Maguire

$16.00 $14.72

Same idea as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, but on a much larger scale. Wicked makes The Wicked Witch of the West appear to be not so wicked after all. Source for the award-winning musical of the same name, Gregory Maguire’s novel will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about The Wizard of Oz.

Into the Woods (Tcg Edition)

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim

$15.95 $14.67

A creative weaving and retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and several other fairy tales, Into the Woods gives these stories a much darker tone, especially as Act II progresses. Though written for stage performance, a copy of the book is still sure to entertain.