Folktales

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma

Author: 
Diane Fox
Christyan Fox

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

A cat tries to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but his dog friend has a lot of questions, and finds so many plot holes, that things quickly go awry.

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Give Up, Gecko!

Author: 
Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: 
Deborah Melmon

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

The lakes and rivers have dried up and all the thirsty animals agree that whoever digs to water will be their king. When it is gecko's turn to dig all the other animals all laugh at him and call for him to give up, but gecko won't listen.

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Fang Girl

Author: 
Helen Keeble

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

Xanthe Jane (don't call her Xanthe) has always loved vampires, as stories, but she knows they aren't real. Then one night she is woken up by a cellphone playing the theme from Dracula and discovers that she is in a coffin, in her grave, and her vampire sire is exhuming her. When her sire is chased off before she can finish digging Jane up, Jane is left to figure out how she could be a vampire when she's never been bitten and what is she supposed to do now, in this tongue-in-cheek vampire novel.

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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

Author: 
Leigh Hodgkinson

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

A bear wanders into the city and becomes lost, so he enters an apartment and makes himself comfortable in this silly fractured fairytale with a surprise ending.

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The Great Race: An Indonesian Trickster Tale

Author: 
Nathan Kumar Scott
Illustrator: 
Jagdish Chitara

Reading Level: Grades k - 4

Kanchil the mouse deer knows he is the fastest animal in the jungle so when he challenges everyone to a race he is stunned to have his challenge taken up by Pelan the snail and even more shocked when he loses. How could that be?

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Author: 
Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

Three dinosaurs leave food on the table and the door unlocked, but they aren't doing it on purpose to try to lure a famous blonde lunch, um, girl into the house, honest.

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The Princess and the Pig

Author: 
Jonathan Emmett
Illustrator: 
Poly Bernatene

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

When princess Priscilla fouls her diaper her horrified mother accidentally drops her--out the window! Luckily for Priscilla she falls into a farmer's cart and in the process launches a piglet named Pigmella up into her cradle, and thus a pig is raised as a princess and a princess as a farmer's daughter. In this silly fractured fairytale.

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Vodník

Author: 
Bryce Moore

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

After Tomas' house burns down, his family moves back to Slovakia where they had lived until Tomas was five and where he had nearly died. Soon after his arrival in his mother's home town he begins to have strange encounters with Slovakian legendary characters. Everyone, from Death herself to a crazy water vampire, known as a vodnik, seems to remember him and want something from him.

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