I love fairy tales! And how cool is it that he mentions Paducah?!
So, can you think of any stories you've read that remind you of fairy tales? Anything with an evil stepparent? A "prince" who rescues a fair maiden? A jealous "queen"?
I can't help but be reminded of Harry Potter. He has horrible stepparents and although a handsome prince doesn't come to his rescue--a big, hairy semi-wizard does. (Think back to the first novel when Hagrid appears.) I also think about how when he's at school, it's like Cinderella at the ball--all of the magic works. At midnight/summer break, it's back to his normal, dreary life.
Your turn. Think of a short story, novel, TV show, or movie that reminds you in some way of a fairy tale. Explain why.