Rapunzel's Revenge

Rapunzel's Revenge

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Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599902883
Branch Call Number: YA Graphic FIC Hale 3564
Characteristics: 144 p. :,col. ill., col. map ;,29 cm
Additional Contributors: Hale, Dean 1972-
Hale, Nathan 1976-

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forbesrachel May 14, 2017

For middle graders wanting a fun, fast-paced fairytale with a different spin, Rapunzel's revenge is a great pick. In Shannon Hale's version, Rapunzel is far from the passive, need-to-be-saved-by-a-prince type. When this young woman learns that her mother is in fact not her mother, but rather a power hungry ruler who has shaped the world into a rough old west for her purposes, she takes action, escaping her prison, and setting out to help others, stop her adoptive mother, and save her real one. The change from a sheltered child to a rootin tootin cowgirl who uses her hair as lassoes, is encouraged by the young scoundrel, and funny guy, Jack. Both learn to trust each other despite their slight moral discrepancies, and by the end they have developed a close bond. The art does a good job of portraying this character growth, as well as the action. Seeing the new ways in which Rapunzel uses her hair, is always interesting to observe. Despite the internal consistency of the pace, the graphic novel would have benefited from a greater page count in which to make character changes, and relationship development feel more natural. Rapunzel's Revenge has a little bit of everything, humour, action, a message about power, slavery, and cooperation, and even romance. Both boys and girls will find a lot to like.

TSCPL_LissaS Jan 11, 2017

I am thrilled to have a heroine retelling of Rapunzel to read with my 8 year old and 6 year old kids. (Even if it meant that after reading this, I was frequently attacked by children flinging strings and ropes at me, while playing out the braid-lasso scenes.) We enjoyed reading and talking about the various scenes and characters together.

FindingJane Aug 26, 2016

The story starts off in an idyllic Eden. This Rapunzel doesn’t wait for a prince to rescue her from her tower but uses her brains and her braids to bring her into the outside world. Rapunzel learns bravery, cunning, resourcefulness, spunk and leadership savvy while clinging to her ideals. She’s especially set against stealing, seeing how poorly such behavior turned out for her parents. (Stealing from a witch? Yes, not the brightest of moves.)

But stories only get moving when characters are forced to leave paradise and that’s what happens here. From the moment Rapunzel climbs the wall surrounding her home, the tale trots along to its exciting conclusion. There are no dead spots, no lagging in the plot—only good old-fashioned storytelling matched by the vivid illustrations.

Moving Grimm’s tale to the old West is a canny if gutsy move. The Wild West is shown both in its sweet glory and gritty horror. The stories Rapunzel and Jack hear while travelling flesh out the characters, making them worthy additions to the plot. No one is merely scenery; everybody has their place. This graphic novel may have been an impulse buy. But at the low price at which I got it its value far outweighs the cost.

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skyekilaen
Aug 01, 2016

The world clearly needs more fantasy westerns about ass-kicking female teenagers! I thoroughly enjoyed this re-visioning of Rapunzel and her friend Jack (he had a beanstalk incident a while back). They're outlaws for hire in the Wild West, bent on taking down the Big Bad who's destroying the land and keeping good folks in poverty. The Hales who co-wrote it do a good job pacing the story and keeping the romance light until the end. The Hale who drew it (no relation to the authors) spent over a year on the artwork, and I don't doubt it given the detail he puts into the panels! It's a feel-good girl power tale, recommended.

me_tis_awesome May 26, 2016

I love the new image of Rapunzel. Though I cant get over the fact that Jacks clothes fit her perfectly like it was tailored special for her. If it was more realistic the shirt would be baggy, the pants would be loose and the boots might be a bit large, not tight to her legs. I like paying attention to detail.

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DeltaQueen50
Aug 05, 2015

Rapunzel is a swashbuckling and humorous story that is presented with clear and brightly colored artwork by Nathan Hale (no relation to the author) .
A fun story and a great female empowerment tale that is geared toward a younger audience.

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Care_santana2504
Jan 16, 2015

I read this book when I was a child, and I decided to give it ago again. It was as good as I remembered it :) I recommend this book to whoever wants to read a good, young readers book. Also, if you like the original Repunzel side, you should read this to see her sassy and adventurous!

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JennaSinnokrot
Jul 25, 2014

I loved this book because it had comedy and it was wonderful:]

LookSeeTry Jan 22, 2014

My 6 year old daughter absolutely loved this book. She coudn't stop reading it and finished the first 90 pages the same night we checked it out. She was exhausted thenext morning.

Kitty_ONeill May 16, 2013

LOVE this book. It's an easy read and hard to stop reading!

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Man123
Jul 25, 2014

epic book

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meglou13
May 31, 2013

i know i promised to be good, but there's one more thing i've been dying to steal. ~Jack~

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JennaSinnokrot
Jul 25, 2014

it is about agirl which her step mother lied to her and tried to get revenge and at the end she finds her real mother.

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shiversonsonfire
Apr 18, 2013

Violence: It has shooting, it's a little violent.

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