Series: Rapunzel's Revenge #1
on August 5th 2008
Number of Pages: 144
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I had no idea this was some kind of comic strip/graphic novel mix when I requested the book from the library. And now after reading it, I can’t imagine the story having been told any other way!
I loved getting to see Rapunzel use her hair as weapons, as well as see the characters and obstacles she had to overcome. Reading it on my Kindle, I have no idea if the pages were colored, but it worked really well in black/white/grey.
This book was really fun to read, had a number of funny moments, and I loved the Old West twist. The only complaint I can think of, is how fast Rapunzel went from finding out her mother wasn’t her actual mother, to loving her birth mother and wanting to rescue her. And even that doesn’t really bother me!
Oh! Jack didn’t grow on me at first. I could tell there was romance ahead, but he seemed like such a tricky thief type character. He didn’t fit with Rapunzel. And then we got to know him better, and he started showing other parts of his personality and really becoming friends with Rapunzel. By the end of the book not only had Rapunzel learned a lot and grown along the way, but so had Jack.
If you like retellings with a lot of humor and unexpected twists, you should try this book.