Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist, Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Matt Mahurin
I love fairy-tale retellings. Anything that takes the classic story, the classic characters and develops them a bit more, pulls back the curtains a bit wider. This is one such book. It's a collaborative effort. Two poets and an illustrator. Fifteen classic tales with two poems for each--one by each poet. Some present a different point of view (one of the poems about Sleeping Beauty is the wicked fairy moaning about the failure of her spell due to "a stupid kiss", another is about a pea stuck under a mattress missing the others from his pod), some are the main characters just sharing their thoughts in order to present story events in a slightly different light.
If you liked Mirror Mirror, the book with the reversing fairy tale poems, chances are you'll like this one too.