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Summer Reading: If You Liked the Sisters Grimm

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Revisit your favorite fairy tales in these tellings-with-a-twist.

Your next picture book

Alexander T. Wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

 

Your next chapter book

The Wide-Awake Princess
By E. D. Baker
 

Sleeping Beauty’s little sister Princess Annie is totally immune to magic—so when her sister’s curse kicks in, Annie is the only one who can save the day in The Wide-Awake Princess.

 

Your next readaloud

Princesses and scrappy tailor’s sons get all the fairy tale fame, a fact which the motley crew of princes in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom sorely lament. Be prepared to pause for laughter.

 

Your next teen read

Cinder
By Marissa Meyer
 

In Cinder, a futuristic, dystopian imagining of Cinderella set in New Beijing, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic and Prince Kai is at the center of an intergalactic balancing act. (The story continues, following different fairy tale characters, in the Lunar Chronicles series.)

 

Your next grown-up book

The Sleeper and the Spindle is written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell. It’s also a thoughtful, nuanced short story retelling of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty narratives.