- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First edition (Sept. 1 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599902885
- ISBN-13: 978-1599902883
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 23.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rapunzel's Revenge Paperback – Aug 5 2008
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About the Author
Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revengeand Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, and the upcoming The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dean Hale is also the author of the picture book Scapegoat, and co-author with his wife Shannon for the Princess in Black series and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel One Trick Pony. Hale lives in Provo, Utah.
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I absolutely loved the Western meets Fairy Tale presentation. (reminds me of the Western/Sci-Fi of Firefly) Absolutely truly unique and original story which makes me yearn to read more of Hale's work. The artwork is absolutely flawless. Bright, colourful and detailed making one look into each frame as you read. I really have no complaints about this book at all. Though there was one tiny little thing that bothered me. Rapunzel is a feisty, strong female character which is fine and good and especially enjoyable, but Jack has been relegated to sidekick and his character is squeamish and frightens easily. I don't like it when the female character is made to look strong at the expense of showing a weak male character. Reverse discrimination is still discrimination. But really it just bugged me a tiny bit. Highly recommend this to anyone who loves graphic novels or fairy tale retellings.
And that was when she decided to do something about it.
Think you know Rapunzel? You've never heard it like this!
With a feisty heroine who uses her ridiculously long hair as a weapon and a sidekick who travels with a goose that just might lay a golden egg, RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE takes the traditional tale of Rapunzel and turns it on its head.
Shannon and Dean Hale create a thoroughly entertaining world in which Rapunzel takes claims her life as her own. Follow along as she embarks on a swashbuckling quest to save the world from the evil witch who has held her captive in a move that sets the bar for adventurous heroines everywhere.
Be forewarned: RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE is not for everyone. It is a graphic novel, and while the illustrations are gorgeous and highly amusing, some readers may not be drawn in by the format. However, for those who love graphic novels, fairy tales, and awesome heroines, this story may be just the thing.
Reviewed by: Rebecca Wells
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A long time ago, during the time of the old, wild west, a young girl named Rapunzel lives in a pleasant villa, ruled over by her mother, Gothel. But one day, curiosity gets the best of Rapunzel, and she scales the massive wall surrounding the villa, only to discover the outside landscape in ruin, and worse; Gothel isn't her real mother, but a selfish witch who controls a huge chunk of the world, thanks to her magic, plant-based powers. When Rapunzel refuses to go along with Gothel's plans of conquest, the witch imprisons her in a tower (actually a giant tree). Over the years, Rapunzel's hair grows to an enormous length, until finally, she engineers her own escape and vows revenge against Gothel. After meeting up with a snarky, but friendly thief named Jack, the two then set off on an adventure to defeat the witch and save the wild west. And fashioning her long hair into lassos and whips, Rapunzel helps various characters along the way, and makes it her mission to right all of Gothel's wrongs.
After loving Disney's take on Rapunzel in the movie, "Tangled", it was hard for me to not make comparisons while reading this. Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) is certainly a lot like the lovable thief, Flynn Rider, but while he can be a trickster, he never takes credit for any of "Punzie's" heroism; he's perfectly okay with being the sidekick. And his goose companion/pet (from the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg) is both adorable and hilarious. Gothel's a bit of a one note villain, however (even after it's explained how she came to power), and it's odd how she's so dead set on Rapunzel becoming her "heir to the throne" as it were, when the girl makes it clear she hates her. But the other characters make up for this, such as the appearance of a pack of coyotes (a Big Bad Wolf reference?) and a village of small people (a reference to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, I take it).
But the stand out character is definitely Rapunzel herself. While she starts off her adventure understandably naive about the world (since she was locked in a tower for years), she quickly comes into her own and learns how to survive in the rough landscape; using no guns or any other weapons, save for her hair, her bravery, and her wits. And she makes it clear she'll never stoop as low as stealing, or using any underhanded methods to get what she wants. She's incredibly kind and selfless, but won't back down from a fight either; always putting others before herself.
The art style has an "old timey" feel to it; servicing the steampunk/wild west theme very well. And the change up of setting makes the classic fairy tales not just another carbon repeat of what's come before. The fact that other classic stories are mixed together (all of which were mentioned in the above paragraphs) is a nice touch, and just makes it even more unique.
This is definitely one graphic novel to check out, especially if you're tired of the same old fairy tales, or tired of Disney's take on these classic stories, and are wanting something fresh and different. With a unique setting, and likeable heroes, this is one story that deserves a movie adaption. Now I've got to check out the sequel, "Calamity Jack".
In this retelling, the witch has growth magic, and the tower in which our heroine is imprisoned is actually a growing thing--a cross between a tree and a giant bulb. But Punzie will not be cowed. She devises an escape and is determined to free her mother from bleak servitude and punish Mother Gothel for her wicked ways. Punzie ends up partnering with mischievous, gold-loving, wayward, amusing, and somewhat less than perfect Jack and his magic goose, getting into all sorts of trouble while traversing the land damaged by the tyrannical use of power by Mother Gothel (aka the witch).
The art, while serving the tale well, slips into the too-simply-drawn at times, but overall is enjoyable. I like that it brings the magic to life well in certain points of the story.
Hale, who did a great job retelling the Goose Girl's tale, does a great job again of adding to classic storytelling. Her explanation for the tower and the use she puts the long hair to is a delight. There are moments of genuine laugh out loud humor, too. (The pick of picks had me guffawing!)
I bought this for my 10 year old niece, but I enjoyed it and I'm 49. This is a romping fun and charming fairy tale retold. I recommend it for all lovers of folklore and comic book readers young at heart. And it would make a great gift for a young girl in your family, because it shows a heroine can be loyal and good and moral and caring and also be strong and righteously indignant and muscular and "the boss." :)