Jane Yolen’s HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE is a must-read for any lover of folklore

The fact that Jane Yolen’s HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE doesn’t come out until November hasn’t stopped the appearance of several sensational reviews.

Hazel G. Evans at WRITING IN REMEMBRANCE praises the collection. 

5/5 stars

This collection of fractured fairy tales is a must-read for any lover of folklore. All of the stories are beautiful in their own way, and some are truly amazing. If you like fairy tales, especially retellings of them, you need to read this book.

READER FOX AND A BOX OF BOOKS enjoys the tales.

And they were quite fascinating in a great number of ways. From Granny Rumple to Cinder Elephant, Yolen’s writing has an addicting quality and manages to touch on some very important topics with some very important morals to be gleaned from them. The thing about HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE is that you will likely enjoy a great many of her stories very much.


Overall, I am rather fond of this collection of stories. Yolen even goes so far as to leave a few paragraphs at the end of her book to give the reader further information regarding where the tales came from, their inspiration, and what brought her to write it. I really enjoyed the experience of learning these bits and pieces, especially since I (shockingly) did not recognize all of the stories which had inspired her work. HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE is certainly quite worth reading and I think a great number of people will have a blast of a time with it. I know I did.

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This is a great book for anyone who likes TRADITIONAL, you know, not small child approved today, fairy tales. Very, very good. If you are a fan of urban fantasy or any kind of fantasy, I think you should give this collection a try.

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