Classic Retellings

Elementary and Middle School:

Frank Cammuso. The Dodgeball Chronicles. [Knights of the Lunch Table] (Scholastic,
2008)
[Retelling of
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, by Howard Pyle]

Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young. Fortunately, the Milk. (Harper, 2013)
[Retelling of James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl.]
Neil Gaiman honors Roald Dahl with a hilarious sci-fi romp in Forunately, the Milk.

Neil Gaiman.
The Graveyard Book. (HarperCollins, 2008)
[Retelling of
The Jungle Books, by Rudyard Kipling]

Stuart Gibbs.
The Last Musketeer. (Harper, 2011)
[Retelling of
The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas]
Want a little swash-buckling in your reading? Why not go back to a real original, with a
modern twist?

Tim Green. Pinch Hit. (Harper, 2012)
[Retelling of
The prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain]
It's The Prince and the Pauper, with diving stabs of line drives and towering home runs.
And the modern American royalty, movie stars!

Michael Mucci. Dracula. [All-Action Classics] ( Sterling , 2007)
[Retelling of
Dracula, by Bram Stoker]

Tim Mucci and Rad Sechrist.
Tom Sawyer. [All-Action Classics] ( Sterling , 2007)
[Retelling of
Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain]

Rodman Philbrick.
The Young Man and the Sea. (Blue Sky Press, 2004)
[Retelling of
The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway]

Michael Sullivan.
Escapade Johnson and the Phantom of the Science Fair.
(PublishingWorks, 2009)
[Retelling of
The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux]

Doug TenNapel.
Bad Island. (Graphix, 2011)
[Retelling of
The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne]
A sci-fi riff on Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island? In comic book form? By Doug
TenNapel? With flying robots? That's just not fair.

Doug TenNapel. Ghostopolis. Graphix, 2010.
[Retelling of
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum]
This riff on The Wizard of Oz supercharges everything:
The wizard isn't some benign old man behind a curtain, he is a mighty sorcerer who is not
about to give up control of his kingdom.
There is no Glenda the good witch but a twelve foot black man with a Jesus complex.
No flying monkeys, just demonic man-sized bugs.
And Toto is a skeleton horse.
No Garth, you aren't in Kansas anymore, this is the afterlife!

J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrated by David Wenzel. The Hobbit. (Random House, 1990)
[Retelling of
The Hobbit, or, There and Back, by J.R.R. Tolkien]



Primarily for High School:

Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. (Quirk Books,
2009)
[Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen]

A.C.E. Bauer.
Gil Marsh. (Random House, 2012)
[Retelling of
The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous]
All heroes die. What makes them heroes is that their stories don't. This retelling of
Gilgamesh may be the first truly heroic tale you run into all year.

Libba Bray. Going Bovine. (Delacorte, 2009)
[Retelling of
Don Quixote, by Miguel De Cervantes]
Going Bovine is one psychedelic retelling of Don Quixote. Thoroughly modern, it still
manages to capture all the idealistic and confused humor of the original, with splashes of
The Odyssey and The Wizard of Oz just to keep you on your toes.

Timothy Carter. Evil? (Flux, 2009)
[Retelling of
The Crucible by Arthur Miller]
Brilliant! A harrowing and hilarious riff on "The Crucible", with more than enough
hot-button issues to taunt those censors that Arthur Miller took aim at half a century ago
(you have been warned). Like Christopher Moore? Then you need to pick up "Evil?"
Disappointed by Lauren Kate's "Fallen"? Try this instead. You will never look at angels the
same way again.

Carl Deuker. On the Devil's Court. (Little, Brown, 1988)
[Retelling of
Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Gareth Hinds.
Beowulf. (Candlewick, 2007)
[Retelling of Beowulf, by Anonymous]
"Be of good comfort, my lord king. 'Tis better for a man to avenge his friends than to
spend his days lamenting. Verily for every one of us there is an ordained end; let us
therefore take such occaision as God may give us of winning renown while life remains to
us. Come, then, let us go and track this foul creature to her lair."

Gordon Korman. Jake Reinvented. (Hyperion, 2003)
[Retelling of
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald]

Barry Lyga and Colleen Doran.
Mangaman. (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
[Retelling of
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare]
A scifi/manga retelling of Romeo and Juliet? With a nod to Flat Stanley? If you are a manga
fan, try to imaginge a manga character rocketed into our world from the two dimensional
pages of a comic book world. Every thought bubble actually appears beside his head.
Motion lines appear when he runs, then fall to the ground. And that thing they do with their
eyes! Clever, fun, and beautifully drawn.

Mahiro Maeda and Yura Ariwara. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. (Ballantine
Books, 2008-    )
[Retelling of
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas]

Christopher Moore.
Fool. (William Morrow, 2009)
[Retelling of
King Lear, by William Shakespeare]

Donna Jo Napoli.
The Wager. (Henry Holt, 2010)
[Retelling of
Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Daniel and Dina Nayeri Nayeri.
Another Faust. (Candlewick, 2009)
[Retelling of
Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Kenneth Oppel.
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. (Simon
& Schuster, 2011)
The great men, powerful men, even terrible men, they don't just appear on the pages of
history. Even monsters come from somewhere. Even Frankenstein was a boy once...
[Retelling of Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley]

William Shakespeare, illustrated by Emma Vieceli.
Hamlet: Prince of Denmark . [Manga
Shakespeare] (Harry N. Abrams, 2007)
[Retelling of
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare]

William Shakespeare, illustrated by Sonia Leong.
Romeo and Juliet. [Manga
Shakespeare] (Amulet Books, 2007)
[Retelling of
Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare]    

Jon Skovron.
Man Made Boy. (Viking Penguin, 2013)
[Retelling of Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley]
Frankenstein raised serious questions about the role of creation and creators in the
industrial age. Now, in this striking modern retelling, the son of Frankenstein's monster
deals with the same struggle, but in the digital age he is both the created and the creator.
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