Twisted fairy tales – KS1 planning for Don’t Read This Book!

Key Stage



Years 1-2


Use Don’t Read This Book! and this PDF of ideas to explore the idea of twisted fairy tales with your KS1 class. Explore the illustrations for clues, role-play the characters and narrator and construct your own version of the story.

What are twisted fairy tales?

Twisted fairy tales are reinterpretations of traditional fairy tales that subvert or alter the original storylines. They often introduce unexpected plot twists or unconventional character motivations to provide a fresh perspective on classic narratives.

What is Don’t Read This Book! about?

Don’t Read This Book! is a playful metafiction book that is guaranteed to have your class hooked, intrigued and laughing out loud.

An unbelievably impatient king, a forgetful court story writer and an array of guest appearances by a host of favourite characters make for a refreshing take on a traditional fairy tale.

Judy Clark is Leaders Network Manager at the National Literacy Trust. She has worked alongside Pie Corbett to develop Talk for Writing in practice and deliver training to schools. Browse more traditional tales resources.

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Twisted fairy tales – KS1 planning for Don’t Read This Book!

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