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Fractured fairy tales September 24, 2007

Posted by sneaks in display topics, E, J fiction, J is for Juvenile.


A fractured fairy tale is a story that uses familiar fairy tale characters, settings, or plot elements, and alters the story’s point of view or setting, or mixes up characters from different stories to make a new, usually humorous, story. Think Shrek.

The new movie Sydney White could be considered a fractured fairy tale: Amanda Bynes plays Sydney, a college freshman who, together with her seven socially challenged friends, saves the day and meets her prince.

Fractured fairy tales tend to engage so-called “reluctant readers”. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Frog Prince Continued, both by Jon Scieszka, contain enough humor and familiar elements to ease kids into the story. Michael Buckley‘s Sisters Grimm series does the same, in the context of the detective story.

Here’s a nice list of fractured fairy tales from the Children’s Literature Web Guide – it starts with picture books and then lists books for older readers.



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