Twisted fairy tales

Maura McHugh

Book - 2013

Presents a collection of classic and lesser known fairy tales retold with sinister plot twists and macabre characters, including "Rapunzel," "Molly Whupple," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Island of Skeletons."

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Published
Hauppauge, NY : London : Barron's ; Quantum Books 2013, c2012.
Edition
1st ed. for North America and the Philippines
Language
English
Physical Description
144 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
ISBN
9780764165887
0764165887
Main Author
Maura McHugh (-)
  • Snow White
  • The bone whistle
  • Rapunzel
  • The red shoes
  • The gold spinner
  • Vasilisa's fire
  • Molly Whupple
  • Little Red Hood
  • The Cinder Wench
  • Beauty and the beast
  • May and the elf knight
  • Sleeping beauty
  • The pied piper of Hamelin
  • Pinocchio
  • The master and his apprentice
  • The goose girl
  • The island of skeletons
  • Godmother Death
  • The seven ravens
  • The tiger chest.
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Whether it's "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Red Riding Hood," or any of these other adapted tales, the bare plots should be familiar to most readers. But like any good story, it's the details that make them all work. Scenes such as the young boy on crutches in "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" hobbling to keep up to the enchantments of the piper's music or the wicked stepmother in "The Cinder Wench" forcing her daughters to cut off their toes to fit the glass slipper are gloriously grisly and take readers to places they don't normally see. As author of the dark fantasy comic-book series "Jennifer Wilde," McHugh really capitalizes on her experience in the genre to spin these old yarns in ways that are surprising, dramatic, and even enlightening. She does an especially good job in developing the characters. In her version of "Snow White," for example, the queen looks in her magic mirror every day, seeing herself not just aging but losing favor with her husband as Snow gains in beauty and influence nearly every day. She becomes obsessed with maintaining her power by any means necessary, magical or otherwise. This Gothic, almost Poe-esque sense of character drives her to terrible actions and adds compelling layers that stretch her beyond the bounds of being merely evil. Laurie's highly gestural use of dark inks, bold reds, and almost sickly yellows creates a frenetic, late-night horror feel that emboldens the already strong Gothic tone throughout. While not for the weak of heart, these darkened versions manage to bring back the most important magic of fairy tales: showing readers how they can face horrible things and still survive.—Matthew L. Moffett, Fairfax County Public Libraries, VA [Page 126]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents a collection of classic and lesser known fairy tales retold with sinister plot twists and macabre characters, including "Rapunzel," "Molly Whupple," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Island of Skeletons."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Twisted Fairy Tales is a brand-new anthology of very old tales--but tales with gothic twists of plot guaranteed to astound and terrify even the most fearless readers. These re-told stories include-- * Snow White * Rapunzel * Little Red Hood * The Cinder Wench * Beauty and the Beast * Pinocchio * The Goose Girl * The Pied Piper of Hamelin * and twelve more Well-known tales get gruesome revisions--in many cases bringing them closer to the dark, sinister ways they were told eons ago. Several tales in this book are based on chilling versions collected by the brothers Grimm in the nineteenth century. For example, this new collection presents a Cinderella who, like the heroine in the brothers Grimm story, is known as the Cinder Wench. In this version, readers will discover a young lady tormented by a stepmother who is far more wicked and frightening than the villain we find in most of today's watered-down renditions. All who relish the macabre atmosphere that dominates the Cinder Wench's tale will want to acquaint themselves with all stories in this scary collection. They'll find-- 20 sinister legends that linger on the mysterious and macabre Brooding illustrations on every page that heighten the gothic mood Tales that anticipate new television shows, as well as new movies scheduled for release in the coming year Twisted Fairy Tales is an anthology of black magic legends that only the bravest young readers will dare to delve into before bedtime. But once they open this unusual volume, they won't put it down until they've reached the very last page.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Twisted Fairy Tales is a new anthology of very old tales--but tales with gothic twists of plot guaranteed to astound and terrify even the most fearless readers. These re-told stories include-- * Snow White * Rapunzel * Little Red Hood * The Cinder Wench * Beauty and the Beast * Pinocchio * The Goose Girl * The Pied Piper of Hamelin * and twelve more Well-known tales get gruesome revisions--in many cases bringing them closer to the dark, sinister ways they were told eons ago. Several tales in this book are based on chilling versions collected by the brothers Grimm in the nineteenth century. For example, this new collection presents a Cinderella who, like the heroine in the brothers Grimm story, is known as the Cinder Wench. In this version, readers will discover a young lady tormented by a stepmother who is far more wicked and frightening than the villain we find in most of today's watered-down renditions. All who relish the macabre atmosphere that dominates the Cinder Wench's tale will want to acquaint themselves with all stories in this scary collection. They'll find-- 20 sinister legends that linger on the mysterious and macabre Brooding illustrations on every page that heighten the gothic mood Tales that anticipate new television shows, as well as new movies scheduled for release in the coming year Twisted Fairy Tales is an anthology of black magic legends that only the bravest young readers will dare to delve into before bedtime. But once they open this unusual volume, they won't put it down until they've reached the very last page.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Young readers may be familiar with many of theses tales but they've never heard them like this! Twisted Fairy Tales reintroduce readers to the enchanting stories of their childhood. But these are not the happily-ever-after accounts they remember. Award-winning fantasy author Maura McHugh revisits classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White, as well as lesser known tales like The Bone Whistle and The Seven Ravens, and gives them a macabre makeover. Filled with magic, mystery--and a healthy dose of guts and gore--these gruesome retellings cut a sharp dystopian edge to the stories that we thought we knew. With 20 darkly disturbing tales and brooding illustrations that heighten the dangerous mood, Twisted Fairy Tales will leave younger readers thrilled, chilled,and eager for more.