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?

Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

Goldilocks is now grown up with a family and a smart apartment, so how will she react to coming home and finding that a very lost bear has been scoffing porridge, breaking chairs and sleeping in beds? Will she be cross, or is finally time to make amends?

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The Wolf's Story by Toby Forward

Recounted in the conversational voice of a New York wheeler-dealer, this funny version is retold from a fresh perspective – the Wolf's! Full of humorous revelations and surprises, the story shows how a series of misunderstandings and accidents leads to the Wolf's vilification.

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

by Colin Stimpson

In a 1950's-style future, Jack and his mum run a little burger cafe. They are close to broke, so when Jack buys a can of baked beans with their last pennies, his furious mother throws it out of the window - starting a GIGANTIC baked beanstalk adventure!

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The Three Horrid Pigs 

by Liz Pichon

Mother Pig has had enough of her three horrid little pigs, so she sends them on their way. The first two pigs build their houses by stealing straw and pinching twigs. The third pig is so lazy, he moves into a hen house! Will the big, friendly wolf help them see the error of their ways?

Beware of the Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child

Every night, Herb's mother reads him a story. Sometimes it's about a big bad wolf with sharp teeth who terrifies little children, but luckily it always turns out 'happily-ever-after'. But what will happen to Herb when the wolves escape from his book? Will they gobble him up? Or will it all end happily-ever-after?

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After the Fall by Dan Santat

After the fall, Humpty Dumpty is a broken egg. Life is tough: he's so afraid of heights, he can't even bear to climb onto his bed, or reach his favourite cereal on the top shelf at the supermarket. But one day, fuelled by his passion for bird-watching, he decides to conquer his fears and something amazing happens...

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

The three little wolves build a house made of bricks, but the pig comes along and demolishes it. Again and again, they build stronger, more secure houses, but the pig STILL demolishes them. It is only when the wolves construct a fragile house made of flowers that the pig has a change of heart. 

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Jim and the Beanstalk 

by Raymond Briggs

What if Jack wasn't the only one to climb the beanstalk? After discovering a beanstalk growing outside of his window one morning, Jim decides to do what any person in a similar situation would do - he climbs it. At the top he finds the unexpected: a castle and a giant in need of a friend.

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey

The Little Dog laughed, To see such fun, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon...

That's the bit we know - but what happened next? Part love story, part crime caper, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon is the rags-to-riches and back again tale of the most dazzling crockery-cutlery duo of all time.

Mixed Up Fairy Tales 

by Hilary Robinson

This fantastic split page, spiral book allows children to mix and match different combinations of fairy tales. What would happen if Goldilocks had two horrid stepsisters and fell asleep for a hundred years? Create new combinations to spark ideas, discussion and lots of story writing!

Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk 

by Rachael Mortimer

When Jack sells his cow for jelly beans, his mum is furious! But these are magic beans and soon Jack is on a big adventure in the clouds. A humorous, delicious twist on a classic.

The Lamb Who Came for Dinner by Steve Smallman

When a hungry old wolf gets an unexpected visit from a little lamb, he starts planning a delicious lamb hotpot. But the lamb doesn't want to be the wolf's dinner, she wants to be his friend. Can the wolf be convinced? 

The Deep Dark Wood 

by Algy Craig-Hall 

Wait a minute! What's that sweet little girl doing in the deep dark wood? Doesn't she know there's a DANGEROUS wolf in there? But this deep dark wood is not quite what it seems. The Big Bad Wolf is about to get a big, bad surprise... 


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The Last Wolf

by Mini Grey

Little Red set off into the woods to catch a wolf. But the woods aren't all they seem - are there even any wolves left? Mini Grey re-imagines the classic fable in an entirely new way. Can Little Red help her new friends in need and recover the wild days of the past?

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Prince Cinders 

by Babette Cole

Prince Cinders leads a hard life. Bullied by his three hairy brothers, he spends all his time cleaning and tidying up after them. One night Prince Cinders' luck changes as a small, dirty fairy falls down the chimney and promises that his wishes shall come true...

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