Beasts and frogs and fairies, oh my!: Reading fairy tale-inspired books

Brooke Shearouse  //  Mar 17, 2017

Beasts and frogs and fairies, oh my!: Reading fairy tale-inspired books

We here at Scholastic are so excited about the The Beauty and the Beast movie that we can’t stop talking about our favorite fairy tales! (Case in point: Here's our most recent podcast episode featuring authors Sarah Mlynowski and Garth Nix talking about why they love to fracture fairy tales!) To celebrate the movie’s release, we’re reading some great fairy tale-inspired books from Scholastic. Check out the list below, sure to entertain readers of all ages.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion (Ages 3–5) by Alex T. Smith: “Little Red Riding Hood” is brought to life with a safari twist that will delight young readers

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups(Ages 4–8) by Stephanie Clarkson, illustrated by Brigette Barrager:Princesses Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel swap fairy tales with one another in this hilariously clever new classic.

Moldylocks and the Three Beards: A Branches Book (Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1) (Ages 5–7) by Noah Z. Jones: In the Land of Fake-Believe, Princess meets a strange girl named Moldylocks. When Princess's stomach grumbles, Moldylocks takes her to the home of the Three Beards. The girls sit in their chairs, eat their chili, and jump on their beds. The Three Beards are not happy when they get home—and they are very, very hungry! Will Moldylocks and Princess go into the chili pot?

Beauty Queen (Whatever After #7) (Ages 8–12) by Sarah Mlynowski: In the seventh installment of the Whatever Series, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Beauty and the Beast. When the siblings accidentally mess up this enchanting and magical tale, hijinks and hilarity ensue...and things get pretty ugly!

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme #1) (Ages 10–14) by Megan Morrison: A unique and imaginative retelling of Rapunzel.

Frogkisser! (Ages 12 and up) by Garth Nix: With Frogkisser!, acclaimed bestselling author Garth Nix has conjured a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs. It's 50% fairy tale, 50% fantasy, and 100% pure enjoyment from start to finish.

Everland (Ages 12 and up) by Wendy Spinale: Everland is a breathtakingly original spin on the classic story of Peter Pan that will leave readers mesmerized.

The Singing Bones (Ages 12 and up) by Shaun Tan: The Singing Bones shows the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of folk and fairy tales. With a foreword by Neil Gaiman, and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, Tan has photographed a stunning gallery of his own sculptural works interpreting the beloved tales of the Brothers Grimm.