Lately I have been wanting to read a book of fairy tales, but not the sanitized versions or the Brothers Grimm ones. Walking the stacks at work, I found a sassy alternative, Cinderella & the Glass Ceiling : and other feminist fairy tales : a parody by Laura Lane and Ellen Haun, illustrated by Nicole Miles. While I found the fairy tales in this book to be humorous, these are ones you will probably want to read yourself before reading to your children (just a word of caution). The language is quite frank, but the authors definitely get their point across with each tale they rewrite.
In this book, readers will find feminist retellings of the Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Mulan, Peter Pan, Beauty & the Beast, The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, and Goldilocks. These are definitely not the sanitized nice version of the fairy tales. There are plenty of parodies, puns, and jokes throughout this book, though definitely irreverent ones. This book is also beautifully illustrated by Nicole Miles. Their illustrations add an extra pop to the stories that I enjoyed. The stories are sarcastic and humorous, plus relevant to today. The authors have taken the societal standards present in each story, ramped them up to an extreme, which in turn led to each story being hilarious and full of empowerment. It left me rethinking the sanitized versions of fairy tales I read when I was younger and how those specific ones relate stories of womanhood and relationships. This was a sneaky read that left me thinking about the issues presented for way longer than it took me to read the actual book.