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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Poster Image
age 8+
Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(1900)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV Poster Image
age 13+
Outstanding anime is more violent than you'd expect.
Network: New Video
(2012)
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A Tale Dark and Grimm Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting, funny, violent, and touching Hansel & Gretel tale.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2010)
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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Book Poster Image
age 9+
Huge gift book of Percy-narrated Greek myths is tons of fun.
By Rick Riordan
(2014)
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Entrancing fantasy spun with magic stresses power of love.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2016)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1991)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Howl's Moving Castle Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Once Upon a Time TV Poster Image
age 12+
Fresh take on fairy tales is moody fun for families.
Network: ABC
(2011)
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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
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Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings Movie Poster Image
age 4+
Centers on sisterhood and family, with a wee bit of peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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The School for Good and Evil, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fractured fairy tale has plenty of twists for fantasy fans.
By Soman Chainani
(2013)
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Cress: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Series stays exciting with hacker heroine, daring rescues.
By Marissa Meyer
(2014)
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The Book of Life Movie Poster Image
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age 7+
Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Song of the Sea Movie Poster Image
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age 7+
Beautiful Irish tale explores myths, sibling relationship.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Over the Garden Wall TV Poster Image
age 8+
Whimsical, adventurous tale has some scary moments, too.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2013)
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A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Dark magic, gore, hot faerie romance mark mature fantasy.
By Sarah J. Maas
(2015)
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Undertale Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Satirical RPG endorses peaceful conflict resolution.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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