I got the idea for writing Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird from thinking about fairy tales and how quite often they don't make sense. I just couldn't figure out why the characters acted the way they did, so I made up my own reasons. Playing with fairy tales can be addictive. I started with Rumplestiltzkin, but in the end hit most of the best-known fairy tales.
(I think I've gotten into trouble because this appears on the back cover of Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird. I think parents are scared off by thinking the book is rated PG-13, and I think they believe that this describes the stories in the book. This is just a poem. (Or, more accurately, thoughts expressed in short lines.) These stories do not appear in the book.)
Fairy-tale endings you're not likely to see:
after growing into a beautiful swan, the Ugly Duckling pecks all his tormentors to death.
the Emperor orders the execution of everyone who's seen him naked.
the lazy cat, dog, and mouse suffocate the Little Red Hen with her own cake.
the elves lock the Shoemaker and his wife in the basement, take all their money, and run off to Central America, where they operate a pirate radio station.
the Gingerbread Man turns out to be carnivorous and eats the fox.
Snow White and Sleeping Beauty simply refuse to get out of bed.
when a portion of the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of her own religious movement; she gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to build a theme park, then makes off with the money, joining the elves in Central America.
The first story I wrote for this collection was "Straw into Gold," a look at the story of Rumplestiltzkin. I had so much fun with that telling that I eventually wrote an entire collection of stories about millers, daughters, straw, gold, and people who could (or could not) turn one into the other. I collected these into the book The Rumpelstiltskin Problem.