Topic Books about Alternative Traditional Tales for Children

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs - but only one person knows the real story. And that is Mr A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad cold and an even worse reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. A hilarious retelling of a classic.

The Pea and the Princess

by Mini Grey

We all know the story of the Princess and the Pea. But has anyone stopped to think about how all this might have felt for the pea in question? No. So here, for the first time, straight from the pea, is the truth about this much-loved, oft-repeated fairytale.

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Little Red 

by Bethan Woollvin

Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf on her way to visit her grandmother. The wolf is hungry, and Red Riding Hood looks tasty... So far, so familiar. But this Little Red Riding Hood is not easily fooled. In this defiant interpretation of the traditional tale, the cheeky, brave little girl seizes control of her own story.

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Inside the Villains

by Clotilde Perrin

An extraordinary lift-the-flaps book that reveals the secrets of the most famous fairy-tale villains - the giant, the wolf and the witch - with interactive flaps, a twist on well-known tales, and personality cards for each villain. For age 4+.


The Great Fairy Tale Disaster 

by David Conway

Once there lived an old Big Bad Wolf. He no longer has any huff and puff to blow down the Pigs' houses so he scampers off into the pages of the Fairy Tale book to find a new one. He tries one tale after another, but things never quite work to plan. Will he find a fairy tale that suits him?