Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale

Synopsis: This is the tale as you've never seen it before. After using her hair to free herself from her prison tower, this Rapunzel ignores the pompous prince and teams up with Jack (of Beanstalk fame) in an attempt to free her birth mother and an entire kingdom from the evil witch who once moonlighted as her mother. Dogged by both the witch's henchman and Jack's outlaw past, the heroes travel across the map as they right wrongs, help the oppressed, and generally try to stay alive. Rapunzel is no damsel in distress–she wields her long braids as both rope and weapon–but she happily accepts Jack's teamwork and friendship. While the witch's castle is straight out of a fairy tale, the nearby mining camps and rugged surrounding countryside are a throwback to the Wild West and make sense in the world that the authors and illustrator have crafted. The dialogue is witty, the story is an enticing departure from the original, and the illustrations are magically fun and expressive. Knowing that there are more graphic novels to come from this writing team brings readers their own happily-ever-after (from the back of the book)

Review: I enjoy fairy tales and fairy tales- return. This is one of the most entertaining I've read. Not only is the form interesting - it's a graphic novel - but the idea of setting Rapunzel in a Wild-West-meets-Magic-Land setting is just delightful. I enjoyed watching Rapunzel meet the trouble and challenges head-on and how she transformed those around her. The graphic novel format add a wonderful element to the story, and I like the style. In all, this was a unique retelling and I can see why it received the good reviews.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: Numerous (See here for a list)

Date Finished: 8-21-2011
Pages: 144

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