Hale, Shannon and Dean. Rapunzel’s Revenge.
Bloomsbury see St. Martins, 2008 144p 14.99 978-1-59990-288-3 ms/hs
Rapunzel lived in a grand villa with her mother (or at least she thought she was her mother). One day she finally escaped over the walls. She was horrified at what she saw. It is here the story takes a hilarious twist from the classic story as Rapunzel and a mysterious outlaw named Jack rampage throughout the Western countryside chasing villains and righting wrongs. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that will appeal to many different types of readers. The graphic genre will be enthralled and delighted. The fantasy genre will appreciate a fresh adaptation of a traditional fairytale. However, all readers will not want to put it down until they have devoured both the story and the beautiful graphics.
The authors have created a unique sequence of events where the readers will be able to identify with Rapunzel’s confinement within the castle. They will also empathize for her encasement in a treehouse. Humor will commence when Rapunzel uses her braids as weapons. And lastly, who won’t rejoice with the arrival of a mysterious outlaw named, Jack. Together they provide the readers with a wild rollicking ride of adventures to right wrongs and change the world.
The illustrations are beautifully in tune with the tone and actions of the story. They are colorful and visually lay out on a page so the readers will get the most from the events in the story. L McNeil