The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway & Melanie Williamson

The Great Fairy Tale Disaster: David Conway & Melanie Williamson (Hodder Children's Books, 2012)

The Great Fairy Tale Disaster: David Conway & Melanie Williamson
(Hodder Children’s Books, 2012)

It’s paperback publication day for this book today! The Big Bad Wolf is getting old, he’s got no huff and puff and is fed up of falling into hot water.

“What I need,” the wolf thought to himself, “is a nice relaxing fairy tale for a change.” So he scampered off into the pages of The Fairy Tale Book to find one.

Every tale has its own disadvantages (dresses! giants! bears!) and eventually all the tales roll together making a complete mess. A brilliant mess of fairy tales. I love ‘twists’ on traditional fairy tales and they are so much more meaningful now my girls are older and experienced in the traditional fairy tale. When they were babies, I think I exposed them (certainly MG) the wrong way round by reading more untraditional tales than traditional. Ooops. Now we can all enjoy them more, traditional and non 🙂

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One of the many things I love about this book, is that it is ‘gender neutral’ so can be enjoyed by boys and girls. Not something that has ever influenced my book buying (other than avoiding pink to start with – not now, and that’s a post in itself, but I recommend reading this post on gendered packaging from Nosy Crow) but something I am more and more aware of as my children grow.

Great fun, recommended by all the Chaos family, and we’ll be looking out for David & Melanie’s earlier The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster too.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by Hachette Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

4 responses to “The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway & Melanie Williamson

  1. I’d like to check that book out. It is quite interesting that the fairy tales about wolves are often the ones that get revised and made into new stories. Sounds really interesting.
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    • Very true! I read this book and the next one we picked up was Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen so I was thinking the very same. I guess he’s a character in several tales (Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, Seven Kids…) Also a big character in adult spin-offs (e.g. Fables comics) Very interesting, would love to read more of your thoughts on it – am loving your series on 🙂

  2. I too love fairy tales with a twist. Revolting rhymes is my favourite books ever. This looks fantastic – another one to add to the Xmas list.
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  3. This is a great story 🙂 Especially great for little people who are fascinated by wolves!
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