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Rapunzel's Revenge Paperback – August 5, 2008
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Rapunzel's Revenge takes place in a fairy-tale-version of the American west, in which standard fairy tale tropes are recast in western idioms. The main character is Rapunzel, a young girl raised in a well-guarded villa by a woman she thinks is her mother. When Rapunzel learns that the woman is in fact an evil sorceress who rules the land with an iron fist, she tries to escape, only to end up imprisoned in a high tower, her hair cursed to grow endlessly. But rather than waiting for any handsome prince to come along and rescue her, Rapunzel simply braids her hair into two long rope-like braids, frees herself, and then using her braids as lariats and whips sets out to end the sorceress's rule once and for all. She meets up with a young ne'er-do-well named Jack, who is down on his luck until his pet goose finally lays an egg, and together they travel across the deserts and forests, having adventures. Highly recommended.
This review may contain spoilers, but everything important happens within the first twenty pages anyway, so this review shouldn't spoil much. This modern retelling of an old fairy tale is reset in an alternate universe of our old American west. The story starts off with the Hales painting an idyllic picture, literally and figuratively, of the young redheaded Rapunzel and her life in Mother Gothel's huge hacienda where everybody is nice to her. However, she is also having troublesome dreams of being part of a family that she barely remembers.
Unfortunately, Rapunzel is just an average girl and she rebels against being cloistered in Gothel's hacienda. In an act of rebellion on her twelfth birthday, Rapunzel escapes from Mother Gothel's place and discovers what Mother Gothel's kingdom is really like and who her real mother is.
This angers Gothel and Rapunzel is then taken by the thuggish Brute to Gothel's swamps and is placed in a tree hollow where she stays until she is sixteen. At that time Rapunzel is given a choice by Gothel to either be an obedient girl or stay in the tree. Rapunzel denies Gothel, and is punished by being abandoned forever, and left in the tree.Read more ›
First things first. You are all familiar with the story of Rapunzel I assume, yes? Witch takes neighbor's baby after the husband steals some of the rapunzel plant for his wife to eat. Witch keeps kid up a tower until the child's hair grows long and she is eventually rescued by a prince. It's all pretty basic stuff. Well that's sort of the true story, but not exactly. For most of Rapunzel's life she's actually kept in a lovely castle with the woman she thinks is her mother, learning rope tricks from the guards and generally having a good time. One day the girl grows inordinately curious about the tall wall that surrounds her home and so she scales it. Consequently, what she sees from the top causes her to question everything about her life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. My 7 year old boy loves this and Calamity Jack by the same folks. Fantastically creative while keeping true to the original story.Published 29 days ago by Lyndsay F
This is an absolutely beautiful book--and in exactly the great "used--as new" condition originally posted. Excellent!Published 2 months ago by jen
I love this book and the wonderful author Shannon Hale. The artwork is so amazing as well. Thank You authors 💖Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting twist on an old fairy tale.. I like the idea of Rapunzel being a strong female character able to hold her own. It has a sense of humor I like.Published 2 months ago by bren
It was a fun mash up of fairy tales. It kept my reluctant reader entertained and reading, which is a big feat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shannon Fuller
Interesting twist on the classic fairy tale. Humorous, action-packed, great writing.Published 6 months ago by AGP Fong
Good twist on a fairy tale. Rapunzel is a can-do kind of teen girl who gets herself out of a sticky situations.Published 7 months ago by Feather
My kids absolutely love Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. We've given them both as gifts many times, and they never miss!Published 8 months ago by Ranie Seversike