Twisted Tales

Fairy Tales show kids how to handle problems and teach them lessons. For a discussion of the many benefits of fairy tales, check out Imagination Soup. Once children are familiar with the tales and can tell them on their own, they will enjoy hearing these fractured tales and creating some on their own. Check out these titles and many more at your library, today!


Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson
In this award-winning witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge?

The Stinky Cheese Man & other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
Hijinks go beyond plot and picture in this raucous collection of fractured fairy tales. Every part of the book bears the loving stamp of its creators, whose dry, sometimes dark humor, wordplay, and wacky sophomoric jokes should attract a considerable adult following.

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
When the prince spies Rapunzel high in her tower, he’s convinced she is the girl of his dreams. Of course he thinks he can save her the traditional way, but this is no traditional Rapunzel. She throws down everything but what the prince asks for–including a surprise that makes all his dreams come true. A hilarious fractured fairy tale with clever page-turns and vibrant, eclectic art.

Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra
The Big Bad Wolf’s outrageous spin on the “Three Little Pigs” tale draws skeptical remarks from his audience: “Isn’t that wolf’s nose getting longer?” asks Pinocchio. “It’s a cooked-up, half-baked tale,” snaps the Gingerbread Boy, and “Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!” squeal the Three Little Pigs. Caught in his own lie, B.B. explains that he is a reformed villain: “Now I’m begging on my knees, Little Pigs, forgive me, please!” How B.B. turns his bad old deed into a good new one provides a happy ending to this fun-to-read fractured tale.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
When it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware the big bad pig. But the little wolves’ increasingly sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who has more up his sleeve than huffing and puffing. It takes a chance encounter with a flamingo pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers to provide a surprising and satisfying solution to the little wolves’ housing crisis.

Get out some scrap paper and let your child create puppets from traditional fairy tales, then encourage him to retell the story with them.  Instructions for this wolf and three pigs can be found at Make, Do & Friend.




We’re Going to the Zoo

Vote for The St. Louis Zoo is USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards! Then share some of these fun zoo picture books with your favorite wild animal.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park
Xander’s plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all of the bears, complications ensue. Includes author’s note on the wonders of the animal kingdom and the international effort to save pandas from extinction.

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder
Little T remembers that she was frightened last time her family visited the zoo but not why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear.

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Depicts in rhyming text how love can be many different things, such as eager as a beaver, steady as a yak, or silly as a seal.

Use these instructions and templates from HarperCollins to recreate Michael Hall’s adorable heart-moose and heart-beaver at home!


Reading Pays – CANCELED

The Reading Pays program with author Gordon Korman scheduled for tonight at Central has been cancelled. Mr. Korman’s flight out of Chicago was cancelled because of the severe storms and tornado warnings last night. The earliest available flight would have gotten him to St. Louis this evening—well past the scheduled program time.

We are investigating the possibility of re-scheduling, but do not have a new date at this time.

Canceled ReadPays