Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings

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Today's Topic: Ten Fairytale Retellings

Children's & Young Adult Picks:

#1 - Brick Fairy Tales 
I just love all the "brick" books! In this series, all the illustrations are done using LEGOs - how awesome is that? And like the best illustrated books, you'll be exploring the pictures long after you've read the book to catch all the things you missed the first time.

#2 - Snow White in New York by Fiona French
This is Snow White with a Roaring Twenties twist! With gorgeous art deco illustrations and a clever retelling of the classic, this is always on my read-aloud list every year.

#3 - The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
Point of view is everything - and this fun read certainly makes that clear!

#4 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I'll admit it. I totally fell for the premise of this book the first time I read it as a kid, and it was only on rereading it a few years ago that the whole S. Morgenstern "unabridged" version premise seemed a bit dodgy. Still one of my forever favorites, I have the special reunion scene I requested from the publisher tucked carefully into my book.

#5 - Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists
This anthology is a fun, colorful and diverse collection of fairy tales illustrated by various artists like Raina Telgemeier, Luke Pearson, and Jaime Hernandez. Aside from great retellings of both familiar and hilariously odd tales - this book will also serve as a great introduction to some fantastic graphic artists. Can't wait to add this one to my classroom library!

Adult Picks:

#6 & #7 - American Gods & the sequel Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
This amazing book imagines that "the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: gods of credit cards and freeway, of Internet and telephone..."

#8 - The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
I love a retelling from a different point of view and this incredible book tells the story of the myth of Odysseus from his wife Penelope's perspective. And no worries - this novel is much shorter that Homer's epic!

#9 - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
This novel imagines the lives of Jacob's four wives from the Biblical story in Genesis. Fascinating!

#10 - The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", Atwood recasts the villain as Zenia - a woman who burrows her way into three woman's lives to wreck what each holds the most dear.

What do you think?  What are your favorite fairytale retellings?

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  1. I really need to read more Atwood! I loved the Handmaid's Tale, and both the Penelopiad and The Robber Bride are on my TBR. I also love The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and I also love The Stinky Cheese Man! Both are so weird and funny.
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

  2. Neil Gaiman's Anasai Boys is one of my favorites. I should have thought of it, I also want to read American Gods. This was such a fun post idea this week. I love retellings and you picked some good ones. Drop by my blog and sign up for my give-away. It relates to today's meme.

    My TTT Retellings

    1. If you liked Anasai Boys then you'll love American Gods! I highly recommend the audio version. :-)

  3. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is awesome - I seriously considered adding it to mine right along with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales! :)

    Check out my TTT.

  4. I haven't read any of these! Gah, and I thought I was really well versed in retellings. xD I adore The Princess Bride movie though and toootally want to read the book at some point. Here's my TTT!

  5. The Robber Bride made my list too. I haven't read it yet, but it's one I want to. The Princess Bride is such a great story. I'm glad to see it get some love. And I really liked American Gods. Gaiman is such a good author, in my opinion. Great list!

  6. haha! I'm gonna have to check out the Brick Fairy Tales! My TTT list

  7. I want to try American Gods out, but for some reason i keep forgetting about it when i buy books. Well, i hope i get to it in the future.
    I do love that you parted this list into two sections. It makes it very easy to see what kind of book it might be :)
    And since we have no book in common on this list, I have lots to book to look up, thanks to you :)
    Fantastic list. :)


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