Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon & Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
grades 4-7

We were fortunate enough to have Shannon & Dean Hale come visit us at school and speak to the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. They are a hilarious couple and it shows in this book, their first graphic novel. In this new version of the Rapunzel story, Rapunzel is locked in the “tower” (a giant tree, actually) by Mother Gothel, the witch who stole her from her birth mother and had been raising her. Mother Gothel controls the growth magic and therefore all of the communities around her. This Rapunzel does not wait around for a prince to rescue her. Instead, she learns to use her long braids as a whip and a lasso. She escapes from her prison, and meets up with Jack (of the Jack and the Beanstalk). Together they make their way through the Wild West, fighting outlaws, as they head back towards Mother Gothel’s to rescue Rapunzel’s real mother. A great adventure for all! (The sequel, Calamity Jack, is available as well.)

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