- Title: Fractured Fairy Tales
- Author: A.J. Jacobs
- ISBN: 9780553099805
- Page: 187
- Format: Hardcover
Long before there were Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Americans were getting their giggles from Fractured Fairy Tales, a regular feature on Rocky and Bullwinkle in the 1960s Now, for the first time, these delightfully warped parables are available in read aloud book form, illustrated with classic art from the show.
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Remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon? Between "episodes" you would see a 2 min. fairy tale. Those fairy tales have been written down, and are totally entertaining.Rocky and Bullwinkle aren't on TV anymore, but at least my children can enjoy the fractured fairy tales that I enjoyed!
I remember watching these on "Rocky & Bullwinkle" but didn't remember any of the actual stories. They are pretty cute, if a little corny. I like when they say, "This happened because that's what happens in fairy tales" or "sometimes even fairy tales don't work out."
This was so hilarious! Full of puns and jokes that may go over some kids' heads, the book itself stylistically looks more of a middle grade novel, but can be easily enjoyed by anyone of any age. Each story had me rolling in laughter, and I have never found a book as enjoyable as this.
Full of wit and atrocious puns - would be a fun book to read to or with a child. Classic fairy tales with a twist of humor.
A collection of fairy tale short stories with (supposedly) added humour and twists to the endings.Meh.
These little fractioned funnies are way funnier in the actual cartoon than they are in the book. Not a good read at all. Spare yourself and either watch the cartoon or read some real fairytales.
A fun collection of fairy tales that have been turned upside down and shaken about a bit. Some hilarious bits and great puns.
Some stories were kind of dull.
A nostalgic return to the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. I loved every part of that show, Fractured Fairy Tales included!! The puns will make you groan and laugh out loud. What a fun read!
Yes, it's the same ones as those on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. I was a devoted follower for many years of my youth--that and Yogi Bear are truly the best Saturday morning cartoons ever made although Phineas and Ferb would probably be third if (a) it had been around back then and (b) it was a Saturday morning cartoon. Saturday mornings were special, special in a kids-only kind of way that the young whippersnappers of today will never comprehend. If you weren't there when the cartoons were the [...]
A solid 4 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed it! It's not a hard read and nothing is taken seriously at all. About half of the stories end in glorious puns, which is wonderful for me. I love puns. The worse they are and the harder I've walked into them, the better! My only complaint is that they had multiple versions of the same stories in the collection but didn't differentiate authors, if the authors were different. They also were a bit more ridiculous than I loved. Fractured indeed. I had a goo [...]
As part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Jay War produced 91 cartoons between 1953 and 1964 in a series called Fractured Fairy Tales, humorous retellings of classic fairy tales narrated by Edward Everett Horton and written by the staff writers for the show. This book, written by A. J. Jacobs in 1997, takes 25 of those cartoons and adapts them as short fairy tales. Some references are updated for a new audience but he is fairly faithful to the scripts and does well at turning them into stories. [...]
My dad gave me this for Christmas and I'm glad he did - it was the right book to read on the planes coming back from Minneapolis to Los Angeles: short, not serious, entertaining and therefore distracting. I just finished them up, and they work just as well in the book as they did on the TV show, which I loved. I remember when this book came out, I was at the Barnes and Noble at the Grove and I wrote this book and several others down as ones I would like someday. Where that list is now, no idea, [...]
Here are some old favorites and odd fables as told through the warped vision of Jay Ward. For those of you who remember the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle (a flying squirrel in an aviator helmet and his dippy moose friend, respectively), these fairy tales were wonderfully wacky interludes between their comic adventures fighting Boris and Natasha as they schemed for Fearless Leader. Diverting stuff and not necessarily for the kiddies.
Like most other people who stumbled across this book, I, too, was really excited because it reminded me of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. I only have a vague memory of the show these days, but I know the Fractured Fairy Tales segment was my favorite part. It was nice to be reminded of that.
Fractured Fairy Tales by A.J. Jacobs (Bantam Books 1997) (Fiction). This is a collection of twenty-five of the “Fractured Fairy Tales” which were shown on the television series “Rocky and Bullwinkle.” My rating: 7/10. finished 2004.
I seemed to have missed the animated version of these on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. These made me laugh out loud. Great short stories of taking the fairy tales we all know and turning them on their heads.
If I could have I would have given this book less than one starIt was awful! I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Please DO NOT read this book.I painfully pushed through this so that I could honestly review it and it was the worst hour of my life.
I loved these as a child watching Bullwinkle & Rocky. A friend gave me the book for Christmas a few years past and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them again. I think that this set me up for my future fascination with writers who re-work fairy tales.
A true classic!
Not quite as fun as watching the cartoons, but almost. I'm so glad Jacobs decided to record them for posterity.
Thank you to my cousin Julie for the gift of fairy tales!
Not as consistently funny as the classic cartoon, but almost.
Really funny. Really good. Really wicked.
Funny, but some of panache is lost in the translation to the page.
All the classics from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show!
A fun visit back to the retelling of fairy tales from Saturday Morning cartoons. I enjoyed the drawings of sound effects such as BANG! or POOF! that were included in the text.
The stories are short and funny! Good for a small read but not what you would look for unless you want simple and easy to follow short stories.
I just finished this book and it is laugh out loud funny!!!!!!short stories
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