Trickster tales are humorous stories in which the hero, either in human or animal form, outwits and foils a more powerful opponent through the use of trickery. Anansi the spider is a trickster figure in African folklore; Iktomi, which means spider, comes from the United States Plains Indians and is generally in human form; Coyote is a trickster figure from southwestern Native American folklore; and Raven is a trickster figure from the Pacific Northwest in the United States.
Can't Scare Me
Retold and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
A Story A Story
Retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India
(Houghton Mifflin, 2012)
Retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott