Sunday, January 4, 2009

Rapunzel's Revenge

Rapunzel's Revenge,
by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
ages 8 - 12

This is such a fun book, full of spunk and attitude, but still with a sense of ... well, innocence, that makes it perfect for girls in the 8 - 12 slot. Rapunzel's story is familiar, but completely unique in this telling.

Rapunzel's Revenge is a graphic novel - so it looks like a comic book. But you need to read it from beginning to end. It has all the visual appeal of a comic book, but kids still need to build the story in their mind, thinking about the characters, their motivations, setting, etc.

Rapunzel has been taken by the witch from her family because her father stole the Rapunzel (lettuce) from the witch's garden. But then after escaping from her tower, she meets a new friend Jack, and proceeds to try to get revenge and rescue her mother. Along the way, she discovers and proves her strength. Thinking about it, I really like the way she wants to demolish Mother Gothel not just because she's hurt Rapunzel, but also because Gothel has hurt so many other people. This Rapunzel is certainly a TAKE CHARGE kind of gal.

The setting is also unique. The author sets Rapunzel's story in a fantasy Wild West. So Rapunzel uses her braids to whip and lasso the bad guys, while they duel it out with six-shooters.

Want to find it in your local public library? Did you know that you can place a hold on an item, even if it's check out?
Berkeley library: Rapunzel's Revenge
Oakland library: Rapunzel's Revenge (still in processing at this time)

Also, check out other books by Shannon Hale for strong girl stories!

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