As we explore more books about our current theme, Black Holes and Parallel Universes: Marvels of Science and Speculative Fiction, I am sharing three picturebooks that give a zany twist to fairy tales we’ve grown to love. Two of these books are fractured tales of The Three Little Pigs, while the other is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Written by: Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by: Mark Fearing
Published by: Schwartz and Wade Books (2011)
Book borrowed from Medina Country District Library.
This is a retelling of The Three Little Pigs with a scientific twist. It follows the same storyline as the original, with character and plot modifications, of course. Aside from presenting readers with a fairy tale, the book lightly touched on science. It mentioned the solar system briefly, through the space travels of the little aliens. Mark Fearing’s character illustrations are quirky and his planetary drawings are fantastic.
Written and illustrated by: Paul Carrick
Published by: Charlesbridge (2009)
Book borrowed from Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.
Watch Out for Wolfgang! is another retelling of The Three Little Pigs. It has a longer narrative than The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, and it deviates slightly from the original tale. The character of Wolfgang is an interesting aspect of the story. Even though he set out to destroy the houses of the little robots — as was the case in the original tale — Wolfgang’s end goal was to actually recycle materials! Paul Carrick’s illustrations are hilarious but some pages may come as a bit of shock for younger children.
Written by: Stu Smith
Illustrated by: Michael Garland
Published by: Dutton Children’s Books (2004)
Book borrowed from Twinsburg Public Library.
This collaborative work of Stu Smith and Michael Garland gives an out of this world twist to the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears — literally! Tired of doing chores and homework, a little girl set out to space to find a new place to live. Tagging along a cat, a dog, and three stuffed teddy bears, Goldilocks decided to settle on Mars. Written in rhyming verses and illustrated with delightful artwork, Goldilocks and the Three Martians is a great bedtime story that children will love.