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What to Read Wednesday – Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale February 26, 2014

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Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

In this uniquely told and illustrated graphic novel version of the classic story Rapunzel, we see Rapunzel in a completely different and independent light, as a “cowgirl.” With elements from the classic story, Rapunzel’s tale opens with her growing up in a lush villa thinking that Mother Gothel is her mother. In reality, Mother Gothel stole her from her family and sentenced her mother and father to life-long servitude in the mines. When Rapunzel finds out she wants her mother freed, but Mother Gothel has her taken to a tower in the forest so that Rapunzel will see the error of her ways and accept her inheritance. In the tower, Rapunzel remains trapped with her hair growing longer and longer every day.

When Rapunzel escapes her prison is when we see the setting in the story take an interesting and unique turn. She is now in the Wild West and meets some unsavory characters along the way. She also meets a young man named Jack, who travels with a Goose named Goldy, whom she helps and then decides to travel with. In Rapunzel’s search to go back and free her mother and Jack’s need for Rapunzel’s protection, they have many hilarious adventures along the way.

The language style used in the story is very reminiscent of “cowboy talk” and often authentic to those times. Jack’s use of “Punzie” as Rapunzel’s nickname is especially funny. The great use of narration, done in yellow rectangles by Rapunzel, and the dialogue, done with oval bubble text boxes, throughout the novel really bring the action to life all the way to our happily-ever-after moment at the end of the story when this unlikely duo defeat Mother Gothel, save Rapunzel’s mother, and share a magical kiss.

I give Rapunzel’s Revenge 5 out of 5 Yupis! (Yupi is the Spanish equivalent to Yippee! or Woo hoo!)

Review by Sandra Delgado

Sandra Delgado is a 1st Grade Dual Language Teacher at Lancaster Elementary with the Ysleta ISD in El Paso, TX. She is also an MLS student at SHSU. A proud member of the Nerdy Book Club, you can find her on Twitter: @Sadcampanita025, Blog: http://techielibrarianlovesbooks.weebly.com/, and Tumblr: http://sandradelgadolovesbooks.tumblr.com/.


1. Cynthia Parkhill - February 26, 2014

The sequel’s really good too … “Calamity Jack.”

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2. Sandra Delgado (@Sadcampanita025) - February 26, 2014

Thank you so much for this opportunity to post a review. Many thanks go to Dr. Karin Perry and AASL Blog! 🙂

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