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Falling For Rapunzel

Falling For Rapunzel

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by Leah Wilcox, Lydia Monks (Illustrator)

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"The course of true love never did run smooth." —William Shakespeare

When the prince spies Rapunzel high in her tower, he's convinced she is the girl of his dreams. Of course he thinks he can save her the traditional way, but this is no traditional Rapunzel.

She throws down everything but what the princ asks for—including a surprise that makes all his


"The course of true love never did run smooth." —William Shakespeare

When the prince spies Rapunzel high in her tower, he's convinced she is the girl of his dreams. Of course he thinks he can save her the traditional way, but this is no traditional Rapunzel.

She throws down everything but what the princ asks for—including a surprise that makes all his dreams come true.

A hilarious fractured fairy tale with clever page-turns and vibrant, eclectic art that is perfect for funny Valentine's Day story hours.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A perfect read-aloud. . . . This zany twist on a familiar favorite zips along with bouncy rhymes, tantalizing wordplay, and humorous cotton-candy-colored artwork." —School Library Journal

"This irreverent spoof . . . plays with words, rhyme, and fairy-tale conventions with obvious delight. Listeners will certainly call out for more." —The Horn Book

Publishers Weekly
"Once upon a bad hair day,/ A prince rode up Rapunzel's way," opens Wilcox's debut book, offering a slight if agreeably silly take on the classic tale. In rhymed couplets of varying cleverness, the author relates a tale of miscommunication. The prince hears Rapunzel's whine (she is "upset her hair had lost its shine") and mistakes it for a plea (after which he "sallied forth to set her free"). The misunderstandings mount: when the royal asks her to throw down her hair, the heroine instead tosses him gaily colored underwear; a request for her "curly locks" brings a deluge of dirty socks; and hearing that he wants some twine, she heaves out her "blue-ribbon swine." Monks (The Cat Barked?) conveys the addled antics in whimsical art, rendered in an engaging mix of acrylic paint, collage and colored pencil. Among the kid-tickling images is a view of the stunned prince covered with pancake batter (which comes flying out of the tower when he asks if the lass has a ladder). Many youngsters may giggle at the wordplay (as well as the concluding twist), but the joke is pretty much a one-noter. Ages 4-9. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This fabulous fractured fairy tale will have readers giggling from beginning to end. Our fabulous prince comes upon Rapunzel's castle as she is lamenting a bad hair day. Mistaking her cries as a plea for help, the prince instructs Rapunzel to throw down her hair. Unfortunately, Rapunzel has a slight hearing problem and throws down her underwear instead. The folly continues, with the prince calling for curly locks, silky tresses, rope, twine and a ladder and receiving instead dirty socks, silky dresses, cantaloupe, swine and pancake batter (which Rapunzel points out is better after it's cooked). Finally he calls for her to throw down her braid and Rapunzel pitches the maid out the window. This turns out to be a good thing, as the prince thinks the maid is pretty cute. The prince and the maid ride off into the sunset as Rapunzel expresses a desire for future guests to use the door. The text's rhyming couplets add to the fun and frolic, while Monks' illustrations combine acrylic paint, paper montage and colored pencils into outstanding illustrations that are both interesting and humorous. Any library with young patrons needs a copy. 2003, GP Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 10.
—Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
K-Gr 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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel's way." This opening line sets the stage for a thoroughly silly, modernized, and thoroughly fractured fairy tale written in rhyme. When the prince calls, "throw down your hair," Rapunzel, armed with hair dryer and computer, hears, "throw down your underwear." Which she does-followed by dirty socks for curly locks, silky dresses for silky tresses, cantaloupe for rope, pancake batter for ladder. Get the picture? When he calls out for her braid, she pushes out her maid, who lands on the prince and they fall in love and ride off together. The off-beat collage illustrations are as kooky as the tale, fabrics obviously used for clothing, but a mix of materials for flowers and shrubs. The rhyming device for the objects lends a participatory element for kids who already know the real version. And the twist on "happily ever after" spins a reality-based meaning on the phrase "falling for you" that kids should find funny. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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7.38(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.11(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"This irreverent spoof . . . plays with words, rhyme, and fairy-tale conventions with obvious delight. Listeners will certainly call out for more." —The Horn Book

Meet the Author

Born in Surrey, England, Lydia Monks currently resides in London with her two cats.

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Falling for Rapunzel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
If you know the classic Rapunzel tale you will love the twist that Leah Wilcox put on this classic and for others this book is definitely a keeper. Told with bright vibrant illustrations and a rhyming text, this book is hilarious. As the prince rides by on his horse, he hears the princess from high up in her castle crying how the luster has gone out of her hair. Hoping to help her, he calls out to her from below but the princess has a hard hearing what the prince has to say. The prince is quite patient and persistent as he yells from below and he thinks of quite a variety of ways to help her escape but every time the princess hears the wrong thing and out goes something the prince doesn’t want. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!” She thought he said, “Your underwear,” “and out the window four pairs of underpants fly and land on the prince and his horse. He said curly locks, she thought dirty socks, he said ladder, she thought pancake batter, and these are just a few of the wordplays that the two youngsters have in this book. It’s the rhyme and rhythm that propels you forward as the book just keeps getting better and better as I waited for the princess to leap into his arms. The ending was not what I expected but it does end with a happily ever after. I will definitely be buying this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will have as much fun reading this story as your child will have listening to it. I'll be searching for more books by this author.
readingkat More than 1 year ago
people! what are you talking about here!? this is absolute inappropriate story with double meaning for all ages!!! she throws her underwear, duty sox, all kinds of intimate stuff and at the end a lady out of the tower..... you call this stupidity classic and fun? think about what it teaches your child what moral attitude it gives to their minds! terrible. And if Parents like it- it only proves that this world really goes down quickly! 
Lingtade More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a girl who is in the second grade, and she LOVES it. It is a cute story and a new spin on a classic story. This is a great book for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a storyteller at a public library and my kids LOVE this one. I usually do a fairy tales "do-over" themed story time. Think Stinky Cheese man and similar stories. Even the boys get a good laugh out of this one, if you can act it out dramatically. :)
Carole37 More than 1 year ago
My daughter read this book at the library and then read it to me and we were both laughing. It is a tale of silly misunderstanding but all turns out happily ever after in the end. The graphics are beautiful, the illustrator uses actual fabrics and photos to bring the pictures to life. It is definitely one of her favorite books.
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momto4NM More than 1 year ago
A wonderful lilting story in which the prince attempts to rescue Rapunzel from her tower, with mishap following mishap. Our family enjoys rereading this book and has shared it with several classroom teachers at school as well! We highly recommend it! It is just fun!
tru2me More than 1 year ago
Cute, funny
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RainyGirl More than 1 year ago
If you read aloud to children, this is the book for you. It's funny, it's light and the kids get the joke. They understand what's going on and will 'remind' Rapunzel out loud---'No, he means 'locks!' This is a fun book all around.
nysheri More than 1 year ago
My daughter read this over and over again. The ryhmes are so clever. We laughed and laughed!
abbynormal1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. I read it to many of the classes I sub for. The older elementary classes enjoyed it but the younger ones (K-2) had a difficult time understanding the vocabulary. This would be a great book to read aloud to your own child. After the first read they would catch on to the rhymes and get a giggle out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun book! My 3 year old giggled at the story as did my 7 year old and myself. My girls received this book as a gift and since we have given several away as birthday gifts, etc...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last year I was Grandma Goose and read to children at a local public school in grades K-4. One of the first books I used was Falling for Rapunzel because I thought the kids would like the total silliness of the story. I was right beyond my wildest dreams. They giggled; they gave belly laughs; they almost rolled in the aisles. They were enthralled with the pictures. It was a huge success, especially since some of them came up to me afterwards and asked if their school library had the book so they could read it for themselves. It also helped to introduce them to me as a reader and it paved my way. Later I was able to introduce more serious books, but always kept something like this one in reserve.