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Rapunzel’s Revenge

on March 9, 2013

YA F Hale    •    AR Reading Level: 3.2    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #122757


Rapunzel grew up in her mother Gothel’s villa.  She mostly spent her days playing alone in Gothel’s magic garden, but occasionally, one of Gothel’s guards would teacher her how to do rope tricks.  In Gothel’s garden, there was a wall. Curious about what lay beyond the wall, Rapunzel used her rope to scale the wall against Gothel’s wishes.  On the other side of the wall, Rapunzel discovers a forced labor camp and learns that Gothel is not her real mother.  When she was young, Gothel kidnapped her and imprisoned her mother in the forced labor camp.

Enraged at Rapunzel’s impudence, Gothel locks Rapunzel in an enchanted tree.  It is four years before Rapunzel is able to escape her prison.  Now Rapunzel is on a mission to rescue her real mother.  Her only aids on this quest are her enchanted braids and a thief named Jack she meets on her journey.

Rapunzel’s Revenge is a beautifully drawn graphic novel (comic book) with a very exciting, modern retake on the two traditional fairy tales: Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.  Told in a fairy tale version of the Wild West, this unique story sets witches, giants, and jackalopes along side cowboys, ranchers, outlaws, and gunslingers.

The illustrations that bring this story to life are skillfully rendered.  These illustrations combine a masterful use of line, interesting perspectives, and lovely color palettes that add immensely to the story.  The compositions in the panels that depict Rapunzel’s battle with the giant sea serpent are especially remarkable in their use of line to create movement and drama.

This graphic novel is highly recommended to readers who enjoy fantasy adventures, and to those who love the visual arts, especially drawing and painting.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 6-8

2009 ALA Notable Children’s Book

Hale, S. & Hale, D. (2008). Rapunzel’s Revenge. (N. Hale Illus.). New York, NY: Bloomsbury.


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