June 29, 2010

Twisted fairy tales

Bubba, the Cowboy Prince
by Helen Ketterman

With the help of his fairy godcow, Bubba the ranch hand attends Miz Lurleen's ball. But he forgot the time and had to run off, leaving his cowboy boot behind. An amusing take on Cinderella, enlivened with James Warhola's humorous paintings.

by Gail Carson Levine

Cinderellis is a boy who likes to invent special powders to make things fly, grow, or stick. Marigold is a princess atop a glass hill. To win her, potential suitors must ride a horse up the hill to fetch 3 apples from Marigold's basket. A very unusual story from the author of  Ella Enchanted. 

by Tony Johnston and Warren Ludwig

Farethee Well, a young woman of bodacious beauty, promised her father that she would marry a real cowboy. So whenever a caller asked for her hand, she'd put an itty-bitty black-eyed pea under his saddle blanket. Then she sent him out on the range. If he bruised like the petals of a desert rose, he was a real cowboy. A funny retelling of the Princess and the Pea, with the language and details of the Wild West.

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