I love fairytales. Adventure, romance, magic–it all intrigues me. But my favorite thing about fairytales is how often they’re retold; often in completely unexpected ways.
At the Book Table, we have a ton of great novels featuring recognized characters from famous fairytales. I pulled a couple of them to show you a sampling of our great collection. Check ’em out!
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
What if Sleeping Beauty had a sister?
When Princess Gwen pricks her finger and sends the whole castle to sleep, only one person is left awak: her little sister, Princess Annie, who has never been affected by magic. Now it’s up to Annie to venture beyond the castle walls and get help. To break the spell, she must find Gwen’s true love.
As she heads out into her fairy-tale world, Annie discovers that she doesn’t need magic to outsmart the witch who captured Hansel and Gretel. And she’s resistant to the enchanted dust meant to trap her in a fairy ring. But the forest also holds dangers that require magical defenses. Can Annie find a prince for her sister and make her way back to the castle without magic?
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon
Katiyana Whyte’s world is only as big as the apple orchard she was raised on. She can never leave the home where she grew up under the careful eye of her great uncle Barney. But when her life at the orchard becomes dangerous and her childhood friend Jeremy begs her to flee, Kat finds refuge in the Fluttering Forest with seven dwarves.
Meanwhile, the queen of Mayhem, an evil sorceress, learns through her magic mirror that the daughter she believed to be dead still lives. Engraged, she sends a servant to kill Kat, the princess of Mayhem, but Kat finds protection in a spell that causes snowstorms whenever she is in danger, giving her the nickname Snow Whyte.
In the wonderfully reimagined Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem, nobody is quite who they seem. Full of romance and adventure, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you’ve never read it!
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Princess Petunia has been kidnapped! Except…it was really more like an accident. Oliver, the leader of a band of thieves known as the Wolves of the Westfalian Woods, didn’t mean to do it. And now he must make things right. He will confess to the king and deliver the princess to the grand dutchess’s estate.
But Petunia’s safety is far from secured. As children, she and her eleven sisters had been cursed to dance endlessly at the midnight ball of the fearsome King Under Stone. Troubling dreams of the ball are once again haunting Petunia, and she can’t be sure they are mere nightmares. When she and her sisters fall into a carefully laid trap, who but a handsome woodsman can save the day?
Jessica Day George’s romantic and adventurous new tale is part Little Red Riding Hood, part Twelve Dancing Princesses, and wholly enchanting.
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life hasn’t been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother–a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy-tale detectives. Their first case? A roller-coaster ride of an adventure to stop a giant from destroying their new hometown.
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change.
When the twins’ grandomther gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.
But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land–Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother!
The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way?
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humor, and page-turning adventure.
Keep in mind these books are only a fraction of our fairytale collection here at the Book Table. We’ve got many more fairytale books in our children’s novels, as well as a collection of them in our picture books. Feel free to come on in and ask us to show you some of our favorites!