Taking a classic fairy tale or nursery rhyme and adding a twist can create an entirely new story. These reworked tales result in hilarious romps that offer a different point of view or hidden moral. Pick up one of these titles at your public library and be prepared to laugh out loud and learn a lesson or two.
1| Interrupting Chicken
by David Ezra Stein (Ages 3–7)
A little red chicken can’t help interrupting all of her dad’s classic bedtime stories in an effort to save her favorite fairy tale characters from a dreadful fate.
2| Wolf Won’t Bite!
by Emily Gravett (Ages 3–8)
What could go wrong when three little circus pigs catch a wild wolf and make him perform outrageous tricks? The pigs believe he’d never bite them, but would he?
3| Good Little Wolf
by Nadia Shireen (Ages 3–8)
Rolf is happy to be a good little wolf until the Big Bad Wolf teases him for being good. The brief and witty text combined with cartoon-style artwork create a fun and dramatic tale.
4| The Boy Who Cried Ninja
by Alex Latimer (Ages 4–8)
When things go wrong and a young boy blames a ninja and other characters, his parents think he is lying. This “boy who cries wolf” tale takes a twist when the boy may actually be telling the truth.
5| The Three Ninja Pigs
by Corey Rosen Schwartz; illustrated by Dan Santat (Ages 4–8)
Three young pigs take martial arts classes to defend themselves against the big bad wolf. Unfortunately, only one pig has the dedication to master their technique. What will happen to each ninja pig when the wolf comes huffing and puffing?
6| Snoring Beauty
written by Bruce Hale; illustrated by Howard Fine
Poor Princess Margarine! An irate fairy has put a spell on her. She will become a sleeping dragon. A hard-of-hearing fairy tries to help with comical results.
7| Detective Little Boy Blue
by Steve Metzger; illustrated by Tedd Arnold (Ages 5–8)
When Miss Muffet goes missing, Detective Little Boy Blue is there to put the pieces together and solve the case. The word play and comical characters create a fun spin on classic nursery rhymes.
8| Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
by Mo Willems (Ages 5–8)
Goldilocks, unbeknownst to her, wanders into the home of three dinosaurs (well, two dinosaurs and their Norwegian guest). Willems’ witty and playful humor, including a few laughs to tickle the adult funny bone, hits the spot.
9| The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
by Tony Wilson; illustrated by Sue deGenarro
Prince Henrik wants to find a wife, but a “real princess” might not be the right match. With the help of a thin mattress, sleeping bag and packet of frozen peas, he may just find his perfect princess.