Growing Reader

15 Fractured Fairy Tales
for Young Readers

by Devon A. Corneal

Photography by Seana Williamson

Ever wonder what would happen if Red Riding Hood weren’t quite so dense, or the pigs got smarter, or Cinderella stood up to her evil stepmother?

Timeless fairy tales are timeless for a reason, but every so often, I need something different. That’s where fractured fairy tales come in.

Jon Scieszka gave me my first glimpse into the devilish world of reimagined fairy tales with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and I used it to stage a protest with a group of kids at a children’s theater. These things happen.

If you want to be equally subversive, check out these wonderfully surprising takes on the classics.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2022.