Downloadables for Kids – Not Your Traditional Fairy Tale

Compare these adapted tales with your favorite classic fairy tales by downloading these titles from our digital collections.

What Really Happened to Humpty? by Jeanie Franz Ransom

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Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Or--as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks--was he pushed? This case isn't all it's cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There's something not right about her tuffet. Or could it have been Chicken Little, who's always been a little cagey? Or was it the Big Bad Wolf, who's got a rap sheet as long as a moonless night? Joe's on the beat and determined to find the truth.

Lon Po Po by Ed Young

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"(Young's) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator's best efforts." —Booklist "Absolutely splendid." — Kirkus Reviews. "An extraordinary and powerful book." — Publisher's Weekly. The now-classic Chinese retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and one of the most celebrated picture books of our time.

Waynetta And The Cornstalk by Helen Ketteman

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A fast-paced Texas retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring a girl hero. Times sure are tough on the ranch, and Waynetta and her ma can use all the luck they can get. But when Waynetta trades their last longhorn for a handful of so-called magic corn, Ma is none too pleased.

Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer

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A choking wolf is rushed to City Hospital, and a lost little girl in a red coat has been found, looking for her missing granny. What on earth did the wolf eat? Early readers have never been such fun! With bright color illustrations on every page, minimal easy-to-read text, and a brilliantly fast-paced plot, this animal hospital adventure story will have young readers devouring the pages.

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

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In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she's right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim, Grace Zong

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In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda's rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

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