Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read (or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love). I love a good retelling – it was really hard to narrow it down to 10!
- Beauty by Robin McKinley. Beauty and the Beast, Disney style. Although it predates the Disney version by 13 years, there are a lot of similarities.
- Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella, mixed with a chilling dystopian future via time travel!
- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass for grown ups. The titular Rook loses her memory and finds herself in the wonderland of the Checquy (a secret government organization employing X-Men style mutants). She is constantly giving herself “very good advice” via letters she wrote before she lost her memory. Not a direct retelling, but there are a lot of nods to Carroll. Just read it, you’ll see.
- The Once and Future King by T. H. White. Arthurian legends with a quirky sense of humor.
- The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley. The Dancing Princesses and The Frog Prince, plus some original fairytales.
- The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz. The Ugly Duckling was never this fun! One of my favorite Autumn reads with my kids.
- Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I spy Tom Thumb! Little ones have a blast finding all the hidden fairytale, folktale, nursery rhyme, and legendary characters.
- Deerskin by Robin McKinley. Donkeyskin is one of Charles Perrault’s most disturbing fairytales. This is a beautiful and sensitive retelling.
- Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis. Snow White and sci-fi are a surprisingly good combination. Essie is a blend of Katniss Everdeen and Kaylee Frye and I love her!
- A Knot in The Grain and Other Stories by Robin McKinley. Rapunzel is twisted around in the poignant Touk’s House. Yes, it’s McKinley again – I honestly could’ve made the whole list with just her!