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Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio ... they're considered some of the classics, but we're switching it up a bit. Our librarians love a good fairy tale retelling and there's certainly no shortage of them — even for adults!

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Fairy Tale Retellings
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (2019)

by Brigid Kemmerer

Rhen has relived the autumn of his eighteenth birthday more than 300 times, and since he can never break the curse, it always ends with him turning into a monstrous beast, until Harper stumbles into his life. This retelling of Beauty and the Beast has both everything you would expect, and much much more. I read a lot of fairy tale retellings, but with its awesome action scenes and interesting characters, this one is still my favorite. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian


Cinderella is Dead (2020)

by Kalynn Bayron

It's 200 years after Cinderella's death, and all the girls in the kingdom must find a suitor at the royal ball and be married off, but Sophia refuses and is forced to run for her life. This feminist retelling of Cinderella is for anyone looking for a fast-paced story about fighting against the status quo with some twists and turns along the way. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian


The Wolf Who Cried Boy (2002)

by Bob Hartman

Fractured fairy tales take a traditional fairy tale and adds a twist, changes characters, or makes it a more modern version, usually with a humorous twist. The Wolf who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Triviza and The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges are just a few retellings of classic tales. — Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian


High-five to the Hero (2019)

by Vita Murrow

High-Five to the Hero: 15 Favorite Fairy Tales Retold with Boy Power by Vita Murrow retells fifteen fairy tales celebrating heroes for the power of their hearts instead of their swords. King Arthur rules by listening to others, and Prince Charming wishes people would stop typecasting him. Discover the real stories of heroes, princes and kings. — Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian


Pick Your Own Quest : Trapped in a Fairy Tale (2018)

by Connor Hoover

Trapped in a Fairy Tale by Connor Hooverpart of the Pick Your Own Quest series, takes you into the fairy tale world where you must decide what will happen next.  Will the evil witch cast a spell? Will it be a fight to the finish with the ogre? Will it end happily ever after? It's up to you. With over 40 possible endings, destiny is in your hands. — Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian


Tangled (2011)

by Walt Disney Animation Studios

A delightful, animated retelling of Rapunzel with action, romance, magic hair, magic tears and fighting with a frying pan. Fun repartee! — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant 


Hook (2000)

by Tri-Star Pictures

This adventure  takes you back to Neverland starring Robin Williams as Peter. It reminds us all of the wonder and power of childhood — and strength of familial love. Swashbuckling bonding! — Sarah Jasiak, Information Desk Assistant


Fables : the Deluxe Edition, Book One (2009)

by Bill Willingham

In this Eisner Award-winning series, the principal characters of folktales and fairytales have banded together in our world after their lands have been taken over by someone known only as The Adversary. They form a tight community and are determined to keep their true nature a secret from outsiders. Beautifully illustrated with sharp dialogue and clever imaginings of the less-than-savory personalities of some beloved characters, this series is a great introduction for readers to the graphic novel format. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999)

by Gregory Maguire

The author of Wicked followed up his first adult novel with a reconstruction of the Cinderella story set in the 17th century, in which the protagonist is not the beautiful princess-to-be but her plain stepsister, Iris Fisher.  Maguire places the reader wholly within his story's milieu, evoking the smells, the sights, and the superstitions of  the time while deftly capturing his characters' personalities. This sophisticated retelling of a well-known tale gives readers new insights into the truths about human motivations within relationships. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director