10 Fractured Fairy Tales for Big Stinking Ogres

Posted on May 15, 2023

by Sam P

Perhaps one of the greatest book-to-screen adaptations of all time, did you know Shrek was originally a picture book? Maybe someday we’ll see some of these on the big screen.


By William Steig

Print  |  eAudiobook  |  Wonderbook  |  hoopla

The titular ogre’s origin story before the big screen.

Endlessly Ever After

By Lauren Snyder

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This “choose your own adventure” style picture book is full of lush illustrations and fairy tale motifs.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

By Jon Scieszka

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My personal favorite rendition of the Three Little Pigs told from the perspective of the “Big Bad Wolf.” Part of our 101 Picture Book Challenge.

Interrupting Chicken

By David Ezra Stein

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If you’ve got a kid who constantly interrupts their bedtime story, this one will not only do it for them, but it’ll get them laughing too. Part of our 101 Picture Book Challenge.


By Liesl Shurtliff

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The title should be reason enough for any middle-grade reader to pick this up, but if you need some convincing, imagine a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin with more butt jokes.

The Jumbies

By Tracey Baptiste

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This spooky chapter book is inspired by Caribbean folklore and features a fearless female lead, tricksters, and a forbidden forest.

A Wolf for a Spell

By Karah Sutton

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A wolf and Baba Yaga team up against a common evil to take back their village in this Slavic-inspired fable.

Lost in the Never Woods

By Aiden Thomas

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I will probably read anything and everything Aiden Thomas ever writes, as well as any Peter Pan retelling. Take Wendy, Peter Pan, and Peter’s shadow to the Pacific Northwest, and you’ve got a dark summer read.

House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig

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Collected by The Brothers Grimm as well as others, this retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses has turned this fairy tale into a seaside gothic nightmare.


By Tracy Deonn

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A secret society of monster hunters, a flying demon, and a boy who calls himself Merlin, Legendborn is a series that brings Arthurian legend to the modern day through the eyes of Bree—a girl who found out she has latent magical powers after witnessing a horrific magical accident.

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