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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-This humorous twist on a traditional tale will resonate with today's young readers. Told in rhyming couplets, this version features a protagonist who weeps, not from loneliness, but rather over the sorry state of her flowing blond locks. The prince, mistaking her tears for legitimate suffering, is determined to set her free and invites her to throw down her hair. Rapunzel, however, mishears his request and throws down her underwear instead. The persistent noble tries a variety of other tactics, asking for her locks, tresses, rope, twine, and ladder, each time growing less enamored as she responds with socks, dresses, a cantaloupe, a swine, and a bowl of pancake batter. Finally, he begs her to let down her braid, but instead out drops her maid, a fortuitous mistake since the servant and the prince fall madly in love and ride off together. The verses are clever and concise, and the rhyming pattern allows listeners to anticipate their endings and to giggle over the results. The rhythm is consistent and the stresses in each line flow naturally, inspiring would-be poets. Monks's delightful acrylic-and-collage illustrations add to the humor. Their bright, vivacious colors, bold patterns, fun background details (e.g., skyscrapers, airplanes, and a computer in Rapunzel's tower), and exaggerated facial expressions reinforce the silliness. Pair this with David Wiesner's The Three Pigs (Clarion, 2001) and Diane Stanley's Goldie and the Three Bears (HarperCollins, 2003) for a fresh look at classic fairy tales.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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PreS-Gr. 2. This fractured fairy tale twists Rapunzel to a fare-thee-well. Using a sprightly rhyme, Wilcox tells of a prince who spies the long-haired Rapunzel and immediately calls to her to throw down her hair. Alas, she's too far away to hear him clearly, and throws down her underwear instead. Every attempt to clarify the situation makes things worse: "'No Rapunzel, your curly locks.'" / Rapunzel threw down dirty socks." And so it goes until the prince asks Rapunzel to throw down her braid, and instead she manages to pitch down her maid--with whom the prince is quite taken. Then it's happily ever after, etc. Acrylic paint, colored pencil, and collage mix together in slapstick pictures that match the text in cheeky appeal. Of course, the story is funnier if children know the original tale, but even if they don't, this version takes on a bouncy life of its own. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (December 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399237941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399237942
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelli on July 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a hilarious adaptation of the story of Rapunzel. I read this to students in an elementary special education class and they also loved it. The rhyming makes it fun for the kids to guess what Rapunzel throws down. The prince will say, "Throw down your curly locks!" The next lines would say, "So Rapunzel threw out...." and the kids would have fun guessing what Rapunzel threw down. Another teacher in the room stopped what they were doing and listened to the story as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Girl on November 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this to my kids today and was laughing so much I could hardly read. This book is definately a keeper!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Wilson on December 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A marvelous book. This is a witty and clever re-telling,
in ryhme, of the popular fairy tale, given new life for
a new generation of readers. The pictures are delightful.
It should be on your gift list for all the children you know.
They will be as delighted as I was.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The story is a cute variation of the one we all know.
The rhymes and meter are good--this is so refreshing!!
And while it ends in happily ever after, Rapunzel doesn't have to get married.
This is a lovely book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Prince on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a "must have" book for any child's library. Both children and adults will enjoy this funny story about a Rapunzel who mis-hears each request of the prince, who is trying to rescue her. Here is a small sample of the story:

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!

She thought he said, "Your underwear."

"No Rapunzel. Your curly locks!"

Rapunzel threw down dirty socks.

"Please, love, just your silky tresses!"

She thought he asked for silky dresses.

In lace and frills up to his head,

the prince's cheeks were blushing red.

And so on, and so on, this enchanting poem continues with a happy, but funny ending. The illustrations in this book are very colorful and amusing, and each one sentence rhymn has a hilarious picture to go along with it. This book will never be boring no matter how many times you read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Moore on August 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a children's book? I was rolling! So new, a must-have in any contepmorary fairy tale collection.

Great job for a first time author, it won the Moxiemom best first children's book award and I see why. Well deserved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Good on March 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
One of the best new picture books we have read in a long time. The illustrations are adorable and the poetic story is hilarious! This is a must have for every child's library!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Kremsner on February 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I have read to my chilren that made all of us laugh at the same time. The very youngest to the oldest of reading mentors can enjoy the humor in this story. With her unwitting mistakes, Rapunzel is hilarious.

I bought this one in Paperback but want to purchase the hardcover for lasting quality, as this book is destined to be a classic in our home.
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