Monday, January 11, 2010

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, Illustrated by Nathan Hale

Release Date: Available Now from Bloomsbury USA

Source: Personal Collection


Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

I love graphic novels and I love children's books. Needless to say when these two great loves come together it is always exciting. Enter Rapunzel's Revenge by the multi-talented Shannon Hale, this time writing with her husband Dean.

This book has it all. It's full of adventure, humor, and those fairytale elements that we all love so much. This is not your mother's Rapunzel though. This Rapunzel means business and she's not afraid to use those well-known locks to get the job down.

Rapunael is joined by Jack who has his own secrets to hide. These two are an unstoppable, if somewhat dysfunctional, team. They get into all manner of mishaps and trouble that kept me turning the pages.

The illustrations by Nathan Hale, no relation, are incredible. They capture the action perfectly and the characters expressions are wonderful. He truly shows us the emotions of each frame through his beautiful artwork.

I can't recommend this one highly enough. Tomorrow I'll be posting my review of the sequel, Calamity Jack, as part of the blog tour.


  1. Awesome Rapunzel review! Have you checked out the sequel; CALAMITY JACK?

  2. Wow! love your review. I have not ventured into the graphic novel genre, but with my love of fairy tales, I think this one is one to read. Thanks

  3. I think I've got a copy of this on the way - can't wait! I loved Calamity Jack. Great review!

  4. Sounds like a great read. I will have to check this out.

  5. This looks like such fun! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  6. We have the same bloggy birthday! I'll be 1...u?
    I haven't read this one yet but I loved Calamity Jack!

  7. I've been hearing nothing but terrible things about this book lately, so it's nice that someone finally has something nice to say. I really want to read it!