Fairly Fairy Tales

Fairly Fairy Tales

Parents and children love to play "question" games: Would you eat spaghetti made with gummy worms? Would you wear your clothes backwards all day? Sometimes the answer is "yes" and sometimes it's "no"--but the fun is in the asking. Gifted writer and educator Esme Raji Codell has writtten a book that incorporates fractured fairy tales with this kind of parent-child interplay Parents and children love to play "question" games: Would you eat spaghetti made with gummy worms? Would you wear your cl...

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Title:Fairly Fairy Tales
Author:Esmé Raji Codell
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1416990860
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Fairly Fairy Tales Reviews

  • Katy
    Dec 14, 2011
    Esme Raji Codell?s book, Fairly Fairy Tales, begins when a child receives a kiss goodnight, a glass of water, and a good selection of fairy tales. Oh no!! It?s bedtime! What follows is a parade of fairy tale stories with a twist. Little Red Riding Hood with shampoo? Jack and the Be...
  • Shannon
    Jun 15, 2011
    You would think that for someone looking to SHAKE UP traditional fairy tales, especially if that person made a name for herself by bragging about how rad she was at teaching in a diverse school, that that author and her Peruvian illustrator might want to include, you know, not just whi...
  • Kristen
    Apr 18, 2011
    Cute, quick read that would fit into a fairy tale unit. Nice for readers working on independent reading, and fun to try making our own simplified versions of fairy tales where we list 3 components of the story (Goat? Yes. Bridge? Yes. Troll? Yes. Birthday cake? Nooooo!) and do a "well,...
  • Amy
    May 20, 2011
    Incredibly fun book that challenges your "traditional" images of fairy tales. Great read aloud...I read it to my daughter's kindergarten class yesterday and not only were they able to help me "read" the story, but they giggled their guts out on every page. Excellent book that makes rea...
  • Donalyn
    May 02, 2010
    Introducing three elements from several familiar stories (like Jack's cow, beanstalk, and giant) with one element that doesn't seem to belong (like spaghetti), Codell and illustrator Elisa Chavarri give classic fairy tales a fun twist as readers imagine a world that includes both moder...
  • Mary
    Feb 27, 2012
    Not too much to this story. Three objects/characters in each fairy tale or folktale are followed by a question mark and the answer "yes." Then, something is listed that does not belong, with an answer of "NOOOOOO." The following page has an answer of "Well, maybe." A picture illustrate...
  • Katherine Cowley
    Apr 16, 2016
    A great read-aloud, especially if you let your children answer the questions (yes, no, well maybe) and if you do funny voices. This turns fairy tales on their head, and reimagines them with a different focus, whether it's Cinderella with a disco ball or Jack and the Beanstalk feeding p...
  • Barbara
    Jun 01, 2011
    In this charming picture book, a mother prepares her child for bedtime with a kiss, a drink of water, and a story or two. Of course, children are rarely ready for bed, and she paves the way with pieces of six commonly read fairy tales. Each snippet has an unexpected twist; for instance...
  • Tina B
    Feb 10, 2011
    The humor here is in the details. Each fairy tale is told on one page with just three questions; "porridge? yes. chair? yes. bed? yes., then the new element is added "television? noooo." with a full spread on the next page to show the modern possibilites "well, maybe." ...
  • Laura
    Sep 22, 2011
    A cute, colorful book referencing favorite fairy tales. A number of stories are told in a consistent but unique method - "Red hood? Yes. Wolf? Yes. Grandma? Yes. Shampoo? NOOOO!" Turning the page reveals a fairy tale world in which the last item is included as a story twist. My favorit...
  • Marcie
    Jan 18, 2014
    This is a very simple story that takes the well-known components of a traditional fairy tale ("Cow? Yes. Beanstalk? Yes. Giant? Yes.") and adds in an unusual and modern twist. ("Spaghetti? NOOOOO!") There is no real plot to the book or sense of continuity between the tales, and the tex...
  • Leslie
    Jun 12, 2014
    Most picture book stories about bedtime have similar ingredients: Kiss? Yes. Water? Yes. Bedtime? NOOOOO! The kid does not want to go to bed. What if we add a new ingredient to old fairytales? Like solar panels to The Three Little Pigs, or disco to Cinderella. Natalya an...
  • Judy Desetti
    Jan 22, 2012
    A good one to use at the end of a fairy tale/ folktale literature unit. Kids must already be familiar with the stories. "Each fairy tale is told on one page with just three questions; "porridge? yes. chair? yes. bed? yes., then the new element is added "television? noooo." with a f...
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    Feb 27, 2011
    Fairly Fairy Tales explores what might happen if just one new and interesting element was introduced to each of several well-known fairy tales. As a little boy gets ready for bed, he and his mother review the standard components to each tale - sticks, straw, and bricks; red hood, wolf,...
  • Melissa
    Jan 11, 2011
    10yo's explanation of the book: "It's a kid listening to bedtime stories, but the mom is kind of improvising!" I waited to review this until she could see it first, since I wasn't sure how the book would "read." I still don't know how young you can go with this one, but she spent a...
  • Caren
    Feb 16, 2011
    I really like this book, but my caveat would be that, despite the very bright picutres and very few words, it really is not a pre-K book. The child would have to know the original fairy tales to be able to join in the fun of the book and, in my experience, very young children often hav...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Mar 23, 2012
    With colorful illustrations that blend traditional fairy tale images with comic spin-offs, this patterned story (yes, yes, no, well-maybe) includes touches of bedtime story and circle story. Even though that sounds like overkill, it works, and could easily be a first independent readin...
  • Ina
    Jul 18, 2011
    This book didn't grab me right away, but by the time I read it at today's storytime, it had grown on my and it was certainly a big hit with my toddler audience. I wasn't sure the text format, ask a couple of questions about a well known fairy tale with answers (Straw? Yes. Sticks? Yes....
  • Ashlin Edmisten
    Jun 05, 2017
    Probably the best thing about this book is the illustrations. They are incredible and fascinating. ...
  • Marcie
    Apr 16, 2011
    I liked this enough to share it with a second grade studying fairy tales. It was fun to see them take the elements from it and think about what other fairy tales could benefit from the "yes, yes, no...Well, maybe?" treatment. I paired it with Jean Little (1990) Once Upon a Golden Apple...
  • Matthew
    Apr 08, 2011
    If you're looking for a quick, simple read that goes through a number of classic fairy tales without dragging them out to even remotely full-length, this is the book for you. Basically lacking any kind of feasible plot, the book dives right into the most basic spare details of each fai...
  • Meg Bell
    May 02, 2011
    This would be a really fun book to use with a Fair Tale literature study. My students are learning to write Fairy Tales, so this would also be good to get their wheels moving in a different direction with the characters agreeing and opposing and then fantasizing what the story would be...
  • Leslie Lee
    Sep 17, 2011
    Fairly Fairy Tales by Esme' Raji Codell 2011, is a good fairy tales book for older students who already know their basic fairy tales. This book incorporates various items into the fairytales and shows how the fairy tale would be different if a change was to take place. Good extenstion ...
  • Pam
    Oct 08, 2017
    Adds some elements that don't belong on each page. Great to use to search clues and solve problems. ...
  • Brindi Michele
    Jul 17, 2019
    I thought this was so cute! and simple! this is a fun one :) ...
  • Karen
    Jun 30, 2014
    My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. This book was a delightfully fun read, probably because my son could read about half of the text by himself. This book proved to be both silly and empowering for him. The illustrations are beyond delightful a...
  • Dan
    Apr 10, 2013
    This was a funny short little picture book that the class enjoyed. It asked three or four questions of what would be in a fairy tale. The first three were always a yes, but the last one was always a "NO." Then they would show us what it would be like if it was part of the story. It is ...
  • Andrea Boyd
    Jul 25, 2014
    This book is different from anything I have ever seen. It takes 3 elements of a popular nursery rhyme or fairy tale and shows us what the story may look like if there was 1 crazy element thrown in. This is a cute book but if the child does not have thorough previous knowledge of the st...
  • Emmalee Nelson
    Nov 10, 2014
    An adorable bed time story Fairly Fairy Tales, runs through things you find in a fairy tale story such as, a cow, a beanstalk, and a giant. Then it throws in something unexpected like spaghetti. Does spaghetti go in the story of Jack and the beanstalk? Nooooooooo! Well maybe? What w...
  • The Brothers
    Oct 19, 2016
    I read this to Jasper (almost 3) and while he enjoyed looking at the pictures, it was obvious he had no idea what the book was about as he is not familiar enough with the fairy tales the book was referencing (Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, etc). However, it's cute and sh...