Friday, February 15, 2013

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale

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Rapunzel's Revenge
by Shannon & Dean Hale
Illustrated by Nathan Hale

ISBN-13: 9781599900704
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released: August 5, 2008

Source: Borrowed from the library.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Once upon a time, there lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother. Over the years, as the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the rather enormous garden wall. One day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

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. Rapunzel (and her amazing hair) teams 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.

My Review:
Rapunzel's Revenge is a re-imagined fairy tale in graphic novel form for tweens or teens. Several fairy tales collide. Rapunzel uses her hair like a weapon and travels with Jack (of the beanstalk) and his goose through a western setting. They right wrongs as they fight their way back to the garden-palace to save Rapunzel's mother and stop the evil, growth-magic witch that raised Rapunzel.

The tale is humorous and a quick read. Rapunzel is not a passive damsel in distress, and she and Jack make a good team. There was plenty of action, funny dialogue, and engaging characters, but the characters didn't develop much or have much depth.

There was no sex or profanity. I'd recommend this lighthearted book to readers who like graphic novels and humorous fairy tales.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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