Our Top 25 – Twisted Fairy Tales July 11, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

It’s so important that children become familiar with the classic fairy tales. They provide a story-telling structure that is essential to developing early composition by following a familiar path of introducing characters and settings from the get-go, as well as a plot that always includes a beginning, build-up, problem, resolution and end.

Having deep familiarity with these story structures as well as classic characters and themes in children’s literature is a spring board for children to become authors themselves, and only once children know these stories inside out can they start to have fun with challenging those structures and the stereotypes within them. They can begin to reimagine these stories and come up with what is known as ‘Twisted Tales’ – retellings that follow a familiar narrative but that have an exciting twist or that turn the plot and characters on their heads.

Many well known children’s authors have done just this and there are some fantastic twisted fairy tales available – however children will only really get the writer’s in-joke if they know the original story and can see how and why the original tales have been fractured. Sometimes comical, other times with a darker edge and often with an element of surprise, we have collected a Top 25 of our personal favourites. In our selection you will find retellings of the classic tales as well as books that bring known characters together in new and quirky settings.