The wicked witch has Rapunzel trapped…but not for long!
Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. Under the threat of a witch’s fearsome curse, the poor girl seems doomed to a life in captivity. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she!
With irreverent humor and striking illustrations, the creator of Little Red puts an empowering and delightfully dark twist on a classic story of a helpless damsel.
Publication Date: 10/1/2017
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-4/5″ x 9-4/5″
Age Range: 5 – 9
F&P: K, Gr 2, Genre TL
Themes: Bravery, Empowerment, Ingenuity, Rapunzel
BISAC 1: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
BISAC 2: JUV037000 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
BISAC 3: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
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“It’s about time that Rapunzel saved herself, and in Woollvin’s sly follow-up to 2016’s Little Red, she does exactly that…. Thanks to Woollvin, readers may grow up thinking this just-wicked-enough retelling is the classic one; if they ever stumble across versions with the prince, they may wonder why he was thought necessary.” —Publishers Weekly
“The blocky gouache illustrations in gray and black, strategically accented with yellow…heighten the timbre, suggesting both deviousness and joy…. Empowerment in leaps and bounds.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Utilizing simple, bold strokes of yellow, black, and gray inks, Woollvin expressively fills each page with eye-catching details that will bring readers back for another look. Fans of her Little Red (2016) will enjoy this latest feisty and intelligent heroine.” —Booklist
“Children will adore Rapunzel and cheer her victory over evil personified. A perfect length for storytime and those seeking fairy tale variants.” —School Library Journal
“Woollvin (Little Red, rev. 3/16) offers another wryly comic rewrite of a Grimms favorite, updating it with a can-do, self-rescuing heroine… Bold, graphic illustrations…capture the fusion of modern and traditional elements and offer sly tidbits of humor.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“Pockets of eye-popping aureolin rivaling the brightest of yellow hues add to the black and grayscale to bring warmth and humor to the dark woods with a distinctive, quirky signature style as Rapunzel fearlessly rallies to her own rescue.” —Foreword Reviews
Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2017
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2018