Rapunzel's Revenge

Rapunzel's Revenge

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Overview

This stunning, hilarious and action-packed graphic novel re-imagines Rapunzel's story . . . in the wild west!

Rapunzel escapes her tower-prison all on her own, only to discover a world beyond what she'd ever known before. Determined to rescue her real mother and to seek revenge on her kidnapper would-be mother, Rapunzel and her very long braids team up with Jack (of Giant killing fame) and together they preform daring deeds and rescues all over the western landscape, eventually winning the justice they so well deserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599902883
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/19/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 150,370
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revengeand Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, and the upcoming The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

www.shannonhale.com

@HaleShannon

Dean Hale is also the author of the picture book Scapegoat, and co-author with his wife Shannon for the Princess in Black series and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel One Trick Pony. Hale lives in Provo, Utah.

hazardoustales.com

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Rapunzel's Revenge



By Shannon Hale Dean Hale
BLOOMSBURY
Copyright © 2008

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-1-59990-288-3



Chapter One Once Upon a Tower

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little girl

That's me there.

I live in a grand villa ...

... with loyal servants ...

... tasty food ...

... and my mother.

Or who I thought was my mother.

But more on that in a minute.

The Villa had three stories seventy-eight rooms, one thousand and twelve chairs.

I know, because I counted them all. There wasn't much else to do.

Yep. Home.

No one was horribly mean to me or anything.

In fact, one of the guards-Mason-he was right kind.

He taught me tricks when he thought Mother wasn't looking.

Now it seems so strange that I lived all those years in the Villa ...

... and never realized what was going on.

Never saw who Mother really was.

... MY FARM CAN'T GET BY WITHOUT YOUR GROWTH MAGIC ... I SWEAR WE'LL PAY DOUBLE NEXT YEAR ...

And the kinds of things she was capable of doing.

I didn't understand then why I felt the way I did-

-like something lost, like a toy left our in the rain.

And I didn't know why I had that dream again and again.

Or why it always left me feeling as sad as a toad.

THIS MORNING IS ABSURD, RAPUNZEL. YOU SHOULD BE THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN ALL THE WORLD.

I ... I HAD ONE OF THOSE DREAMS LAST NIGHT-

I TOLD YOU TO NEVER SPEAK ABOUT THAT AGAIN, YOU UNDERSTAND ME?

YES. SORRY.

IGNORE THE DREAMS, MY DEAR, AND THEY'LL GO AWAY.

I guess I might've spent my whole life in that Villa ...

... never learning the truth ...

... if not for that darn wall.

Deep in my gut, I believed if I could just look over it, just see what was there, my dreams would make sense. Everything would make sense.

THERE'S A WALL IN THE GARDEN.

YES. IT'S MADE OF STONES.

WHAT'S BEHIND THE WALL, MOTHER?

NOTHING. GO PLAY, RAPUNZEL.

I'M GOING TO GO UP ON THE WALL, JUST FOR A MINUTE, OKAY?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. IT'S TOO DANGEROUS FOR LITTLE GIRLS.

YOU'LL SEE WHEN YOU'RE READY.

ONE DAY, MY VILLA, MY GARDEN ...

... AND EVERYTHING VISIBLE FROM THE TOP OF THAT WALL ...

... WILL BE YOURS.

I'd always know she had growth magic.

I'd seen her make things grow or wilt, as easy as snapping her fingers. But she'd tested me once and I was winter-creek dry of any power.

I'd never dared disobey Mother before, but on my twelfth birthday, I couldn't stand it anymore. I needed to see what was over that wall ...

... whether Mother wanted me to or not.

After all, what was the worst she could do to me?

The stairs had too many guards.

So I found another way up.

Call mo a numbskull if you like ...

... but I never expected anything like what I saw.

I was speechless.

WELL I'LL BE SWIGGER-JIGGERED AND HUNG OUT TO DRY.

Sort of.

HEY!

MASON!

RAPUNZEL?

WHAT'S GOING ON? WHO ARE THOSE PEOPLE? WHAT IS THIS PLACE?

DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW YOU'RE HERE?

NO, BUT I JUST WANTED TO-

GOT 'ER!

SHE SLIPPED OVER THE WALL, THE LITTLE NUISANCE. I'LL HAUL HER BACK.

OW!

EASY THERE, BERT.

GOTHEL DOESN'T WANT HER DAUGHTER OUT HERE-YOU KNOW THAT.

I KNOW IT, BUT SHE'S HERE, AND GOTHEL WON'T BE PLEASED IF YOU HURT THE GIRL.

MASON, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT'S-

YOU'LL HAVE TO ASK YOUR MOTHER ABOUT IT, RAPUNZEL. WHY DON'T YOU GO GET A DRINK OF WATER BEFORE BERT WALKS YOU BACK.

HMM? LOOKING FOR A DRINK, ARE YOU?

YOU CAN TAKE A DIP FROM MY BUCKET, SO LONG AS YOU DON'T TAKE A DOG'S AGE ABOUT IT.

YOU LOOK SORT OF FAMILIAR.

DO I? WELL, YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU BELONG IN THE MINE CAMPS. WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

RAPUNZEL.

RAPUNZEL ... LIKE THE LETTUCE. THAT'S AN UNUSUAL NAME.

I USED TO LOVE RAPUNZEL LEAF....

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT MY HUSBAND ESCAPED FROM THE MINE CAMP AND SNEAKED INTO MOTHER GOTHEL'S GARDEN JUST TO GET SOME.

'COURSE HE GOT CAUGHT. FOOLHARDY MAN, BUT BRAVE AS THEY CAME.

WHAT HAPPENED?

GOTHEL WAS POWERFUL MAD-SAID SHE'D DEMAND PAYMENT ONE DAY. THREE YEARS LATER ... WELL, I WON'T BREAK YOUR HEART TELLING THAT PART OF THE STORY.

YOU WANT MY ADVICE? JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE VILLA AND THAT OLD HAG GOTHEL.

SOME DAYS I'D LIKE TO, BUT THAT'S A MITE HARD, SEEING AS HOW I LIVE THERE.

GOTHEL'S MY MOTHER.

GOTHEL IS ... IS YOUR MOTHER? SHE NAME YOU RAPUNZEL? YOU LOOK THE AGE.

IT IS POSSIBLE ...?

THEN THIS IS HER, MASON? SHE'S ALIVE? THIS IS MY LITTLE GIRL?

R ... RAPUNZEL?

IT'S YOU. MY GIRL, MY FLOWER, I KNOW IT'S YOU! I PRAYED YOU WERE ALL RIGHT.

I DO KNOW YOU ... DON'T I?

YOU'VE BEEN GETTING WATER LONG ENOUGH! BACK INSIDE!

GET BACK INTO CAMP NOW.

I'M YOUR MOTHER. THAT WOMAN TOOK YOU FROM ME! ALL THESE YEARS, I THOUGHT SHE KILLED YOU.

IT WAS MY FAULT. I WAS PREGNANT AND CRAVING GREENS.

GOTHEL THREATENED PUNISHMENT FOR THE THEFT, BUT WE NEVER IMAGINE SHE'D TAKE YOU, OR WE WOULD'VE-

THAT'S ENOUGH!

PLEASE DON'T TAKE HER AWAY AGAIN! PLEASE!

I SAID THAT'S ENOUGH!

UH!

MOMMA?

MY GIRL ...

I'M SORRY, RAPUNZEL.

IS ... IS HER HUSBAND IN THE CAMP, TOO?

NOPE. KATE'S HUSBAND WAS KILLED IN THE MINES A FEW YEARS BACK.

SOME OF THE MEN DON'T LAST TOO LONG. HEH.

I guess you could call it magic of a kind, but the moment that woman touched me, all the hazy memories in my head became as real as rain.

I knew that woman. Kate. Momma. I remembered being her little girl before I became Rapunzel.

The whole world shimmered with a new idea-my momma loving me and me loving her back.

YOU LIED TO ME.

BACK THEN I DIDN'T HAVE SUCH A GOOD WALL. NO ONE WILL STEAL FROM ME AGAIN.

SO IT'S ALL TRUE?

YOU SAW HOW THAT WOMEN LIVES. THINK WHAT I SAVED YOU FROM.

SHE'S ONLY IN THE MINES BECAUSE YOU-

UNGRATEFUL CHILD, SLAVES ARE NECESSARY TO BUILD UP MY EMPIRE. OUR EMPIRE.

OUR? IF I'D KNOWN WHAT WAS GOING ON, I WOULD'VE RUN AWAY LONG AGO!

When she quit arguing, I actually thought I'd won. For one amazing moment, I really believed it was going to be happily-ever-after right then and there.

I didn't anticipate the whole sticking-a-sack-over-my-head thing.

Her henchman, Brute, used to give me piggyback rides. This time, being thrown over his shoulder wasn't so fun.

We traveled for days.

It got pretty hot and stinky under that sack.

Brute didn't let me see again until we were in a forest as green as Mother Gothel's garden.

It wasn't exactly the kind of place I'd care to take an afternoon stroll.

Mother Gothel had grown a creepy tree ...

... with a hollowed-out room high up ...

... perfect for imprisoning a trouble maker.

PLEASE, BRUTE! DON'T LEAVE ME HERE.

MOTHER GOTHEL SAYS YOU'RE NAUGHTY, SO HERE YOU GO.

I was able to make some helpful observations before he was out of earshot.

They mostly had to do with his odor and bathroom habits.

I hoped he might come right back, that it was just a joke.

But for all I Knew, he'd been eaten by a wild boar in the forest.

A girl can dream ...

So.

There I was.

Nothing to do.

Besides a little housekeeping.

And thinking.

Again and again, I'd daydream about sneaking into the mines, saving my momma, and running away to a place where we could be happy and safe.

But I was stuck in the tower like an ant in a drop of honey.

So I did everything I could to keep from thinking.

Winter was the hardest.

Mother Gothel's magic tree sealed up my window tighter to hoop in the warmth.

But it kept me in, too.

In the winter all I could do was think.

You bet I fantasized about escaping. And saving my mother. And teaching Mother Gothel a lesson.

And I had no idea how to do it.

My bed was made up of leaves. No blankets, so I couldn't tear them up, tie them into a rope, and lower myself down like any sensible girl would.

At least I always had plenty to eat. Another trick of Mother Gothel's growth magic.

And speaking of growth ...

my hair was getting ridiculously long ...

... and I had to file down my nails every day.

I guessed that forest must've been teeming with growth magic-the beasts got huge ...

... but I only got long hair and nails.

Gothel never bothered to explain to me how the magic worked.

She came by once a year.

HAVE YOU GOTTEN OVER YOUR FIT OF REBELLION?

THERE'S A FEATHER BED AND CLEAN CLOTHES WAITING FOR YOU AT HOME.

THANK YOU, MOTHER. I'M READY TO GO HOME. AND BE A GOOD GIRL.

I hoped she'd believe me and let me out so I could escape and go free my mother.

But I guess she could see through my act.

She always left quickly.

Being alone became unbearable all over again.

Sometimes I cried myself silly.

Sometimes I got out my anger in other ways.

ARGH!

OW.

There were three books in the tower.

By the second year, I had them pretty well memorized.

And then I started to find other ways to pass the time.

To keep from going batty, I made use of my dratted hair.

EEEP!

As soon as I thought my locks were long enough, I tried to lower myself out of the tower.

It turned out they weren't quite long enough.

The last time Mother Gothel visited was my sixteenth birthday.

Happy birthday to me.

OUT OF EVERY LITTLE GIRL IN THE WORLD, I CHOSE YOU, RAPUNZEL!

WELL, CHOOSE SOMEONE ELSE. MY REAL MOTHER NEVER WOULD'VE PUT ME IN THIS ... THIS CAGE.

HMPH. THE TRUTH IS, YOU WERE LESS IMPORTANT TO HER THAN A HANDFUL OF LETTUCE LEAVES.

MY OWN PARENTS GOT RID OF ME WHEN I WAS STILL A GIRL.

WE'RE THE SAME, RAPUNZEL.

WE'RE NOT! YOU'RE A THIEF!

CHOOSE NOW.

BE MY DAUGHTER AND CLAIM THE BIRTHRIGHT I MADE FOR YOU, OR STAY IN THIS TOWER AND ROT.

I guess I'd never stood up to Mother Gothel before, and I don't mind admitting I was scared spitless, but I knew I couldn't pretend anymore.

So I told her to go to ...

... someplace less nice.

In hindsight, that might've been a fairly stupid thing to do.

Fortunately, every day my hair had been growing longer, and the tree outside my window had been growing taller.

I didn't have much time to practice. As soon as Mother Gothel left, the food stopped coming, and the window seemed to be shrinking with the intent to close forever.

My first few attempts weren't extremely successful ...

... but they weren't completely fruitless either.

And then at last ...

... I managed to lasso the tree ...

... swing gracefully From my prison ...

... climb down the tree's branches ...

... and land triumphantly on the forest floor.

I knew I had to skedaddale before-

SNORT. SNORT.

WHOOPS.

SNIFF.

SNIFF.

NICE PIGGY?

SNIFF.

HELP!

STOP!

ACK!

WAIT!

AGH!

WAIT, YOU EVIL HUNK OF HAM!

UH-OH.

OOF!

I wonder if I could've ridden that boar clear out of the forest and all the way back to Mother Gothel's mine camps, if not for-

OW! WHAT IN THE-

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

OH ...

AM I ... AM I ALL RIGHT?

WELL, I WAS UNTIL SOMEONE SHOT MY NEW PET PIT

I WAS GOING TO CALL HIM ROGER.

YOU'RE WELCOME! ALL IN A DAY'S WORK. I'M AN ADVENTURING HERO.

WELL, IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU. IT'S NICE TO MEET ANYONE REALLY.

CAN YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS TO-

I WAS GETTING SO BORED WATCHING THE WORKERS FARM MY FIELDS ALL DAY.

SO I LEFT BEHIND THE CIVILIZED COMFORTS OF HUSKER CITY, FOLLOWING TALES OF A BEAUTIFUL MAIDEN TRAPPED IN A HIGH TOWER.

OH! THAT'S SO NOBLE OF YOU TO COME ALL THIS WAY TO HELP HER.

YES, NOBLE IS A GOOD WORD FOR ME.

I CAN'T ACTUALLY RESCUE HER, OF COURSE. THE WORD IS SHE'S MOTHER GOTHEL'S PET AND I WON'T RISK CROSSING THE OLD LADY.

BUT I CAN TELL HER I'M GOING TO RESCUE HER.

SHE'S BOUND TO BE TOO NAIVE TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, AND BE SUCH FUN THE MEANTIME!

OH.

SO, TINY RAGAMUFFIN, AS PAYMENT FOR SAVING YOU FROM THAT RAMPAGING BEAST, YOU MAY POINT THE WAY TO HER MYSTICAL TOWER.

UH, YEAH, THE TOWER IS A HUGE TREE JUST BACK THAT WAY, BUT ... BUT SHE'S SLIGHTLY DEAF. IF YOU KEEP CALLING OUT, SHE'LL HEAR YOU.

EVENTUALLY.

EXCELLENT!

AND I'M OFF.

REMEMBER TO YELL AS LOUD AS YOU CAN!

This is where the "once upon a time" part ends, with yours truly finally free from that perpendicular prison.

HERE I GO.

Besides being hungry enough to eat poor old Roger, all I could think about was saving my mother and feeling again the way I had when she'd held me.

And along the way, I had a though to teach Mother Gothel that she can't be a bully without earning a swift kick in the rear.

Chapter Two Rustling Up Some Grub

So it was pretty hot.

Actually, it was more ugly hot.

Other people! I wanted to talk the ear off the first person I saw, but all I could manage was-

WATER?

ALL RIGHT, BUT THEN YOU AND YOUR INTERESTING HAIRDO HAD BEST GET ON.

After four years In a tower, it wasn't quite the welcome I'd been hoping for.

UH ...

DOWN FROM THE CARRION GLADE, ARE YOU? NOTHIN' GOOD COMES FROM THERE.

OH. WELL, I'M NOT FROM

ORIGINALLY.

I WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, ESCAPING.

IS THAT SO?

I GREW UP IN A VILLA WITH MY ...

... WITH A WOMAN NAMES GOTHEL.

SAYS SHE'S FROM GOTHEL'S VILLA! THAT'S A GOOD ONE.

YOU'VE HEARD OF IT?

COULD YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS?

WE DON'T TALK ABOUT MOTHER GOTHEL, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

TOO RISKY.

OH.

WELL, I'M MIGHTY HUNGRY.

YOU CAN STOP OGLING MY STEW.

FOOD DOESN'T JUST GROW ON TREES, YOU KNOW.

ACTUALLY, SOMETIMES IT-

YOU WANT SOMETHING, GIRL, YOU GOTTA EARN IT. CLEAN UP AND YOU CAN HAVE A BITE BEFORE YOU GET ONE.

I was beginning to worry I really was as naive and helpless as that rifle-toting ninny in the forest thought I'd be.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MA'AM.

I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD SOME HONORABLE BARMAID WORK, AND IF SO, I WOULD BE EAGER TO APPLY FOR SUCH A POSITION POSTHASTE.

TARNATION, GIRL, YOU AIN'T GOT THE FACE FOR FRONT WORK.

YOU TOLD HER RIGHT!

HEY, HOW MUCH YOU WANT FOR THAT GOOSE? THAT BIRD LOOKS LIKE GOOD EATIN'.

AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE TO ACCEPT YOUR OFFER, BEING IN URGENT NEED OF GOLD, THIS PARTICULAR GOOSE IS NOT FOR SALE.

I DON'T RECALL GIVING YOU A CHOICE.

EASY, FOLKS, NO CALL FRO TROUBLE.

PIPE DOWN, RUBY. WE HAVEN'T SEEN A GOOD TUSSLE IN WEEKS.

NAME A FAIR PRICE, LITTLE LADY. I'LL BE TAKING THAT BIRD WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. SO SORRY TO TREAD UPON YOUR PEACEFUL AFTERNOON, FINE FOLK.

IF YOU'LL BE SO KIND, I'LL JUST TAKE MY EXIT.

NOT SO FAST ...

HEY, HOLD THE FORT-THAT'S A BOY!

I used to daydream about the real world.

I imagine happy families ...

OOF!

HONK!

URK.

Places where people fell in love and wonderful things happened.

NOW WE GET A LITTLE SUPPER!

And instead I find people grabbing whatever they want, no matter who they hurt.

NO!

I didn't think twice before pulling out my braid.

OW!

Only this wasn't like whipping flies off the tower wall.

THAT RAGGEDY LITTLE GIRL WHIPPED ME!

I'LL SHOW HER....

SHE'S TRYING TO BE A HERO.

WHOOPS.

AIN'T THAT CUTE?

WHA-

HONK!

HA!

HENRY! RATTLESNAKE! GET IN HERE AND BRING YOUR GUNS!

COME ON, WE'VE GOT TO SCAM.

BUT ... BUT I WAS HOPING FOR SOME STEW.

YOU'LL BE THE STEW IF YOU DON'T HUSTLE.

ARE THESE YOUR HORSES?

UH ... SURE. YOU EVER RIDDEN A HORSE BEFORE?

WELL, THERE WAS THIS BOARD....

THESE ARE THEIR HORSES, AREN'T THEY?

OURS NOW.

GIDDYUP!

SQUAWK!

YOU TELL 'EM GOLDY!

THE NAME'S JACK, BY THE WAY.

WELL, I'M RAPUNZEL. HOWDY-DO AND ALL BUT ...

HOW DARE YOU TRICK ME INTO STEALING HORSES?

HEY, IT WAS EITHER THAT OR GET A BEHIND FULL OF BUCKSHOT. YOU SHOULD THANK ME!

YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO TURN ME INTO A THIEF-

AROUND HERE, IT'S ROB OR BE ROBBED. DON'T YOU KNOW THAT? WHERE'VE YOU BEEN?

IN A PRISON.

OH.

WAIT, DON'T GO. YOU SAVED MY GOOSE, AND I'M SORRY ABOUT THE HORSES.

LOOK, WE SHOULD TAKE A REST HERE TONIGHT, AT LEAST. IT'S DANGEROUS OUT THERE, AND I'M ITCHIN' TO CHANGE MY GARB.

YOU ARE ...

... I'VE BEEN IN THIS DRESS FOR FOUR YEARS.

HAH! GOOD ONE!

OH ... RIGHT. FOUR YEARS.

IT'D BE NICE TO HAVE TROUSERS TO WEAR FOR RIDING. HERE'S SOMETHING ...

I'M CHANGING DON'T LOOK.

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

AAA! I SAID DON'T LOOK!

DON'T LOOK AT WHAT?

MY UNDER CLOTHES!

UM ... THEY LOOK A LOT LIKE OUTER CLOTHES TO ME.

AH.

OH. SO THEY ARE.

OKAY, NOW IT'S YOUR TURN NOT TO LOOK.

AREN'T YOU DONE YET?

HOLD YOUR HORSES.

TECHNICALLY, THEY AREN'T MINE.

AAAH!

WHAT?

YOU'RE IN UNDER CLOTHES!

HOLY BEANS BUT THAT'S SURE A MESS. HOW ABOUT A BELT?

BETTER?

NO.

HMPH.

WELL, THAT IS A RIDICULOUS HAT.

RIDICULOUS?

IT'S THE STYLE BACK EAST. I'M FROM SHYPORT, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE LARGEST AND MOST FASHIONABLE CITY IN ALL THE NEW WORLD TERRITORIES.

OH. IT STILL LOOKS FUNNY.

MAYBE WE SHOULD KEEP MOVING. I DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT BEFORE I HAVE A CHANGE TO RETURN THE HORSES YOU STOLE.

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THIS SPRING.

HOW DID YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?

HIDEOUTS HAVE BECOME MY SPECIALTY. I'VE BEEN ... ER ... LYING LOW FOR A WHILE.

(Continues...)




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Rapunzel's Revenge 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little girl named Rapunzel. Stolen from her parents by a vengeful witch, Rapunzel grows up in a world of privilege and perfection except for the wall all around her home begging to be climbed. On the other side of the wall, Rapunzel finds out the truth about her life and its lies. She is trapped in a tower and she does escape. A gallant prince has nothing to do with it. But her mile-long braids-turned-lassos might. Now that she's free and knows the truth, Rapunzel has one thing on her mind. With the help of her big talking, man with a plan, sidekick Jack (yes, that Jack . . . the one with the beanstalk, yup) Rapunzel is ready to right some wrongs in Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (husband and wife) and illustrated by Nathan Hale (no relation to either Hale). Like a lot of readers, Rapunzel's Revenge had me as soon as I heard about the premise. A feminist retelling of a classic fairy tale set in the American Old West? What's not to love? Some readers might be surprised by the depth of both the illustrations and the text or put off by the comic book styling. Yes, the book is geared more toward tweens and older children, but there is nothing wrong with that. And don't let the comic book panels fool you, this is a humdinger of a book rich with enough detail and subtext to keep even the most advance readers busy (while the interplay of text and images can help readers on the other end of the spectrum). There is an obvious juxtaposition between what Rapunzel narrates in what can only be called a "voice over" of the story and what she actually shows us. (For an example see the section on page 34 and 35 describing Rapunzel's triumphant escape.) This interplay adds a level or humor and depth to the story that, amazingly, can only come from a comic book format. Nathan Hale spent more than a year creating the artwork for this book and it shows. Each panel is intricately drawn out so that the story jumps off the page. If you think the cover looks good, wait until you start reading the story. Rapunzel is charming, Jack's fast-talking humor make him easy to love, and the setting itself is so original that it's easy to forget you might have met these characters before. Sometimes retellings of classic tales get it wrong. They're completely off-base and make no sense or just a dry, pale, rehash of the original. Rapunzel's Revenge is one that gets everything right. Punzie and Jack's adventures continue in Calamity Jack. Possible Pairings: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter, Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox and Lydia Monks
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, in a land very far away, there lived a girl with her mother. Every day as the girl grew and played, she also became more and more curious about the world outside. One day she finally climbed up her wall and discovered that she really knew nothing at all.

And that was when she decided to do something about it.

Think you know Rapunzel? You've never heard it like this!

With a feisty heroine who uses her ridiculously long hair as a weapon and a sidekick who travels with a goose that just might lay a golden egg, RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE takes the traditional tale of Rapunzel and turns it on its head.

Shannon and Dean Hale create a thoroughly entertaining world in which Rapunzel takes claims her life as her own. Follow along as she embarks on a swashbuckling quest to save the world from the evil witch who has held her captive in a move that sets the bar for adventurous heroines everywhere.

Be forewarned: RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE is not for everyone. It is a graphic novel, and while the illustrations are gorgeous and highly amusing, some readers may not be drawn in by the format. However, for those who love graphic novels, fairy tales, and awesome heroines, this story may be just the thing.

Happy reading.
Princess9797 More than 1 year ago
I honestly loved this graphic novel. I am fifteen years old and this book was incredibly intriguing. The art was accessional and the characters lovable. I RECOMMEND whatever your age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another amazing book by Shannon Hale! I loved every page! It is different from her other books with the graphics but it is still really good! I reccomend this to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read a graphic novel before and never thought I would, to be honest; but I thought I'd give this one a try, and I really liked it. This one's of the twisted tale variety, taking the Rapunzel story we're all familiar with and changing various elements of the original story until it's almost unrecognizable. That might be bad news to some, but for me it was a refreshing change. Who would have thought that turning this classic fairy tale into a story set in the Wild West could work so well? One thing I appreciated about Rapunzel's Revenge is that Rapunzel is no damsel in distress; and I think this sends a great message to girls, and shows them that they are capable of taking care of themselves. I also like how much humor is infused in this story, and that it doesn't take itself seriously at all. The illustrations are wonderful and provide enough detail to show me what's going on, and keep me interested. I don't think this book is for everyone, but if you enjoy reading tales of fantasy and magic, or just need a good laugh, this could work.
theokester More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of Shannon Hale's other work, but they are on my list. Still, when I saw the art for this book and read the premise of the story, I knew I really wanted to read it. For those who haven't heard of the book, this is a graphic novel set in the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Rather than following the standard storyline where Rapunzel is trapped in a tower and rescued by some handsome prince, we're given the story of Rapunzel as a vengeful heroine who frees herself and sets out on a quest to overthrow the evil witch/queen and free her family and the other unfortunates in the land. The artwork is whimsical and very well done. The story is quick paced and lots of fun with plenty of tongue in cheek elements. The general setting/tone of the book is a sort of fantasy wild-wild-west world. Rapunzel uses her long hair like lassos and bullwhips...knocking down, disarming, and otherwise tangling up the bad guys along the way. She meets up with Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame) and together they work their way towards the wicked witch. Jack is quite a cad (which is how I generally considered him from his fairy tale), but he is of some help to Rapunzel and they make a decent team. The story was a lot of fun and the art was very engaging. I also really enjoyed the fact that there wasn't anything too racy, violent or controversial...I finally have a graphic novel that I would let my kids read by themselves. This in itself is a great selling point for the book...the comic & graphic novel world has become very mature lately and it's great to see a rich graphic novel that is appropriate for younger kids. The book itself is a fairly short read (took me about an hour), but it's probably just right for younger readers. Supposedly there's another Hale graphic novel in the works, so I'll keep my eye out. If you have younger readers or you're a kid at heart, and you want to dip into graphic novels while avoiding mature themes, I can definitely recommend this book to you. **** 4 stars (out of 5)
CircusTrain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q - terrific artwork and fun storyline3P - some conflict between fairy tale appeal and target audience
christina4703 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when Rapunzel learns to use her braids as lassos and sets off in the Old West accompanied by Jack (of Beanstalk fame)? A rollicking good read, that's what. Rapunzel and the rascal Jack set off to get back at Mother Gothel, who kept Rapunzel trapped in a tower for years and separated her from her true mother. The two solve the problems of all the citizens they encounter along the way. For example, they kill the giant sea serpent that has been troubling the dwarves who fish with pick-axes (after they have been forced out of their mines by the greedy Gothel).
SarahZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel's Revenge as been nominated and won multiple awards including:¿An ALA 2009 Notable Children's Book ¿A YALSA 2009 Great Graphic Novel for Teens ¿An Eisner Award nominee (the Oscars of comics) ¿A Kid's Indie Next for fall '08 (formerly known as Booksense Picks) ¿2011 Young Readers Choice ¿Nominee for the Texas Lone Star reading list ¿A Cybil Award winner ¿On the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children¿s Book Award Master List (Vermont) ¿Nominated for the 2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults ¿Winner of the Utah Book Award for Children's Literature ¿Winner of the 2009 Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly work from the Friends of Lulu ¿An ALA 2009 Popular Paperback ¿Part of the 2010 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Bibliography ¿A Texas Maverick Graphic Novel ¿An Oregon Battle of the Books selection ¿A Young Hoosiers Book Award Nominee ¿Winner of the Young Readers Choice Award, presented by the Pacific Northwest Library Association While I personally did not enjoy this rendition of the classic story of Rapunzel, it was rather refreshing. The story starts just before Rapunzel turns twelve. She lives in a villa with her supposed mother, Gothel. Gothel is a witch with the super ability to make things grow and wither at will. She controls the land around the villa with her powers, forcing the people under her rule to pay her mass amounts of money in order to stay free. If a person could not pay, they became her slave and worked away until death in her mine. Rapunzel does not know this until she manages to scale the massive wall surrounding the villa and sees the wasteland beyond it. Going beyond the wall she meets a woman how turns out to be her mother. Her mother explains that she was taken from her and that Mother Gothel raises her as her own. When Rapunzel confronts Mother Gothel and demands the truth, she is taken into a distant wood and placed into an isolated tower made of a strange tree. As the years pass, her hair grows incredibly long due to Gothel¿s power. After being refused for the final time when Rapunzel turns sixteen, Gothel abandons her. With no food or water Rapunzel decides she¿s had enough of sitting and waiting around. Using her hair as a rope, she swings to a tree and makes her way to the ground. From there, she runs into a rogue thief named Jack (who is the proud owner of the golden egg laying goose and a ¿lucky bean¿) and together the two of them head out to face off with Mother Gothel¿s to save Rapunzel¿s mother and to exact revenge for locking her up.This graphic novel is suitable for tweens and up.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't have mind this story so much if it wasn't so filled to the brim with standard western cliches and tropes. Overall, this feels like a wish fulfillment to re-imagine the Rapunzel fairytale with a modern girl power twist. Nothing wrong with that, but when it's done in such a ham fisted way of one western cliche after another, the story gets old very quick.
Jenpark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new twist on an old story, with very creative pictures.
BookRatMisty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first started this, I have to say I was pretty iffy.  There's a bit to get through to get to the 'current' story, and I don't know that I've ever read info-dumping in graphic novel form.  It was...odd.  It made me feel really disconnected, and I wasn't sure I was going to like this.  But once Rapunzel is banished to her high, um, tower of sorts, it started to pick up, and it took off when Jack entered the story -- it was enjoyable from that point on.There was great humor in unexpected moments, silly little things popping up like easter eggs, both in the text (and the sort of 'background' text, if that makes sense.  If you don't read graphic novels, I'm talking about the bits of text that pop up, not in a speech bubble or a box of text, but as quiet little background moments, going on behind whatever the text-box/bubble says.) and in the illustrations that accompanied the text.  I got the feeling that Shannon and Dean Hale (married) and Nathan Hale (no relation) worked well to layer things and inject cute little quirks.  It made for an enjoyable reading experience.Rapunzel was interesting and fun (even if her braid lassos look like sausages), and she and Jack played nicely off of each other.  Jack is absolutely ridiculous and shameless, and I loved him.  He was a great foil for Rapunzel, and together with the Old West feel of the book, it all worked nicely.  The one thing that I wished different was Mother Gothel.  Rapunzel is such a fascinating story because it's hard to decide who the villain is.  Rapunzel's parents trade her away for some stolen lettuce, so it's hard to buy them as the suffering heroes, but what exactly does the old lady/owner of the lettuce want with a baby, anyhow?  And why does she keep her in a tower?  There are questions in Rapunzel that interest me, and it's fun seeing how authors will answer them. I didn't completely love how Hale answered them.  Sure, some of the answers were really interesting, and certainly unique.  But Mother Gothel had great potential to be a sympathetic character to me - albeit a much-flawed one - but that potential was ignored in favor of making her seem completely black-hearted, even when there was clearly much more to the story.  It took away all of the fine little nuances and made me feel like this great opportunity was passed by; the story could have been dynamic and colorful where Gothel was concerned, and instead it was flat, black and white.  I wanted to explore her character, her motivations, and what I can only guess was her vast loneliness, and maybe paranoia.But that being said, I still enjoyed this and will read Calamity Jack, and would recommend it to fans of graphic novels and fairy tales, and those looking for something a little different.  I think this one will be a great choice for boys and reluctant readers, too.  And moms, apparently, because mine was flipping through this, and having never read a graphic novel before, she was immediately interested, and I had to keep her from taking it until after I'd written my review and gotten pictures of the frames I wanted to share, which never happened anyway, cause GUESS WHOSE SCANNER IS BROKEN...;P
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel has grown up in the villa with her mother (Gothel), never having left it or seen what's on the other side of the wall. Whenever she asks, she's told it's not important. It's a similar response to what Gothel says when Rapunzel has the strange dreams of another family. One day, on her birthday, Rapunzel found a way over the wall and discovered a vast mine in the middle of a barren land. Nothing grew on the other side, it was such a stark difference to the rich greeness of the villa. Mother Gothel has strong growing magic, how could the land outside her home be dead? Rapunzel also so lines of slaves at the well that looked weak and abused. One slave recognized Rapunzel as her daughter Annie. Her true mother thought the then 3 year-old Annie had been kidnapped and killed as punishment for her father stealing greens for his pregnant wife to eat. When Rapunzel remembers everything after she hugs her true mother, "as if a spell had been broken". She's dragged away and taken to Mother Gothel who explains that Rapunzel was chosen to be her heir. Repunzel replies that if she had known what was on the other side of the wall, she would have refused it all sooner. As punishemnt Mother Gothel sends her into the Carrion Glade (more like a swamp) where a special tree has been grown as a prison.It's the longest time out ever. Rapunzel is left all on her own, with food that grows inside the tree's room, a window that seals her in during the winter, and only three books. She notices that the creatures in the swamp grow to enormous sizes, but the only thing that changes about her is that her hair and nails grow quickly. Once a year Mother Gothel will ask Rapunzel if she's ready to come home. The witch never believes her admittedly insincere acquiescence and Rapunzel is left in the tower for four years. While trying to figure out ways to occupy herself, Rapunzel begins to teach herself acrobatics and to use her hair in different ways (it's a lasso, a swing, a pulley). While her hair never grows long enough to get her to the ground, it gets long enough for her to lasso a neighboring tree and swing away.Rapunzel decides to head back to the villa, stop Mother Gothel, free the slaves, and live happily ever after with her mother. Along the way she sees the damage to the land and people that Mother Gothel has caused, as well as befriending the terrible thief Jack and his pet goose.While I'm not normally a fan of western themes, I really liked how the Hales incorporated it into their fairytale world. Jack was a Native American from a large New York style city and Rapunzel was like a super spunk Laura Ingalls/ Laura Croft. Rapunzel was a narrator with an honest and witty tone that added quite a bit of humor to the story. She didn't wait to be rescued but saved herself as well as others along the way. The world was populated with a variety of people and creatures from fairy tales and stories. It was really fun to see some all favorites re-imagined around with stage coaches, Native Americans, railroads, and more.My only complaint would be the art. I feel bad saying that since Nathan Hale (no relation to the authors) spent over a year on the illustrations, but... there you go. I think my problem is the pencil work. Nathan Hale is an excellent painter and a lot of the detail was evident in the subtlety of his inking (it was very good), but I would have preferred more details in the drawings themselves. However, a random sampling of donut fairies (students bringing us treats from a variety of classroom Christmas parties) showed that kids liked the artwork and we already have a wait list for the books when school starts back.Verdict:Not what I expected (I somehow missed that it was a graphic novel), and even better than I thought! Despite my dislike of western themed books, I enjoyed this little treat. Rapunzel was great and spunky and Jack recognized and appreciated her great qualities. He respected her opinions and had no problem admitting that she
ashleymcquirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Rapunzel, well sort of. This graphic novel takes the story of Rapunzel and jazzes is up a little so Rapunzel isn't the helpless princess stranded in the tower waiting for Prince Charming. Rapunzel is adopted by an evil sorceress of sorts and locked away when she discovers that she was stolen from her real parents as their punishment. Rapunzel sets out from her tower to find her mother and save her from the terrible position she is now in. Along the way she encounters, wolves, rabbits, bandits, crazy old men, and elves. I think one teaching point I could use in this book is to compare and contrast the story with the traditional fairy tale. I would have students speculate why the author would change the parts he/she did, why the story of Jack is or isn't a good fit with Rapunzel's tale or why the villain is a female acting alone. If I used it with upper level or older students I would introduce them to some feminist critiques of fairy tales and also to Vladimir Propp's theory that all fairy tales follow the same structure and themes. With these theories in mind, students could write a research paper on a fairy tale and fairy tale reinvention of their choice.I thoroughly enjoyed this book because the "damsel in distress" routine has never appealed to me. I would much rather have a strong female character, whose strength and cleverness attract her Prince Charming, not her inability to fight for herself. I loved the humor throughout the story and found myself laughing out loud at some parts. Such a delightful read that would be useful in the classroom when I want to do a unit that is more interesting and appealing to students but will still teach them something meaningful in the process.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This hair-lassoing girl doesn't need a prince to do any rescuing for her. Once she finds out that Mother Gothel isn't her mother at all and her real mother is forced to work in the mines, Rapunzel plans her way out of the tree in which she is imprisoned. She then plots revenge on Gothel and the rescue of her mother. Along the way, other fairy tales and well-known characters emerge, re-imagined in this funny, quick read.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graphic novels are a new phenomena with me. I actually have grown to really like them, and am pretty happy to see that I'm not alone in this fascination. Although I'd say that Rapunzel's Revenge might be a more enticing read for a youngster (were I a mother with young children, I could see this being a favorite), I did find it a fun, fast read. I'm not quite jaded enough as a full-time English teacher to not find entertainment in a fun, graphic read...thank goodness.Besides being a read that is sure to be loved by young readers, I thought that its heroine, Rapunzel, was great. Rapunzel was brave, strong, and had a sense of justice about her that was really refreshing. Some of these types of female characters can be more of the "damsel in distress" or "princess," and need saving from others...and themselves. Thankfully, Rapunzel was this rough and ready gal, out to save herself and others!Overall, I thought this was a really great read, and had amazing pictures to propel the story. I'm half way through Calamity Jack, and am as entertained with this second story as I was with the first. These are certainly quick, innovative twists on characters we're familiar with as adults, and new enough to feel brand new to young readers. I'd definitely recommend sharing them with a young audience!
cmullenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that intertwines two well known fairy tales, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk. After Rapunzel escapes from Gothel's grasp she sets out on a journey to save her real mother, who has been kept prisoner. Along the way she meets up with Jack and his goose. Even though the pair have conflicting values they become fast friends and journey together to save Rapunzel's mother. They have many adventures along the way. I first read this about 4 months ago when a child in my class had it. I thought it looked interesting so I read it with her. It was humorous and interesting to watch these two characters, that I thought I knew, in a new light. Rapunzel was a strong character that took care of herself instead of a princess waiting in a tower for a prince to rescue her. In a class room I would probably read this and the two classic fairy tales that the book was based off of. After reading it we would complete several activities that would compare and contrast the plots, characters, settings, and events. At the conclusion of the unit I would have the children write their own version of the story.
2017mslengyel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel's mother was in jail in Mother Gothel's mine. It was interesting.
megjwal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel¿s Revenge by Shannon and Dean HaleRapunzel has decided this fine prince is not longer her type. She is ready to set out on a mission to free the people from the witch¿s grasp. She uses her hair as both rope and a weapon. Rapunzel allows Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk to help her on her mission. The heroes make things right for the poor and try to escape the witch¿s grasp. The witch¿s castle may look like a fairy tale, but the mining camps and country look like area in a wild west movie. Will Rapunzel complete her mission and free the people?I think this is a great addition to the fairy tale. It make Rapunzel seem a little more realistic and not so much just a fairy tale. It is a great adventure in a graphic novel.I would use this with third through fifth graders when we are discussing the genre of graphic novels. I could also ask the students to read Rapunzel, Rapunzel¿s Revenge and then make a Venn Diagram Comparing the two.
Pheebs7G on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, in a land which you think you know, lived a young little girl named Rapunzel and her mother...or who she thought was her mother. However, everything is not as it seems. The 'reality' that Rapunzel thought existed, was crushed when she saw how devastating the life outside the barrier was. She was then reunited with her birth mother, but was separated shortly. Mother Gothel knew this day would come, so she locked up Rapunzel in a tall, hallowed-out room high up. Finally, she managed to escape, and met a guy by the name of Jack. Together, Jack and Rapunzel survived through all their adventures, in hopes of saving Rapunzel's biological mother.The theme of this is really simple, '' no gain, no pain. You have to work to achieve what you want.'' In this story, Rapunzel had to go through many ups and downs to be reunited with her mother.With many twists around the corner, I definitely enjoyed this book. I don't normally read read graphic novels, but this book intrigued into reading more from this genre. i am absolutely sure that everyone will find this a fun read.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: Charming! This is a great read for anyone who found it very annoying that Rapunzel had to wait to be rescued from her lonely tower. In this Old West retelling of the Rapunzel story, Rapunzel is put in a forest tower by the witch she once believed was her mother - believed until the day she climbed over their garden wall to discover a vast slave mine beyond and had an accidental meeting with her real mother.A witch with incredibly powers of growth, the witch grows a giant tree with a hollow room at the top, and banishes Rapunzel until Rapunzel agrees to accept that the witch is her mother. The day Rapunzel defies her is the day the witch stops maintaining the magic that kept the tree tower room open and stocked with food, so it's lucky Rapunzel's been practicing roping and whipping her incredibly long braids in her boredom...The real adventure begins after Rapunzel escapes that tower room and decides to save her real mother from slavery. Rapunzel is a tough, smart and clever girl - a wonderful role model for anyone. She makes an unexpected outlaw friend, which ends up being fortuitous, since the minute the witch learns of Rapunzel's escape, she puts a price on her head, making her new friend's advice valuable indeed!Highly recommended - an exciting and fun read!
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming! This is a great read for anyone who found it very annoying that Rapunzel had to wait to be rescued from her lonely tower. In this Old West retelling of the Rapunzel story, Rapunzel is put in a forest tower by the witch she once believed was her mother - believed until the day she climbed over their garden wall to discover a vast slave mine beyond and had an accidental meeting with her real mother.A witch with incredibly powers of growth, the witch grows a giant tree with a hollow room at the top, and banishes Rapunzel until Rapunzel agrees to accept that the witch is her mother. The day Rapunzel defies her is the day the witch stops maintaining the magic that kept the tree tower room open and stocked with food, so it's lucky Rapunzel's been practicing roping and whipping her incredibly long braids in her boredom...The real adventure begins after Rapunzel escapes that tower room and decides to save her real mother from slavery. Rapunzel is a tough, smart and clever girl - a wonderful role model for anyone. She makes an unexpected outlaw friend, which ends up being fortuitous, since the minute the witch learns of Rapunzel's escape, she puts a price on her head.Highly recommended - an exciting and fun read!
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, the artwork is what I liked most about this fast-paced twist on fairy-tale Rapunzel. In the manga-style novel, 'Punzie' has escaped from her evil 'mother' and is out to spread justice and peace with the help of 20-foot long braids and a sidekick Jack -- who we might remember from other fairy tales.A quick read with lots of fun action. I sure got a kick out of her lasso skills with that hair. Instead of waiting for a prince to come rescue her, she takes matters into her own hands and helps herself and others. My kind of chick.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rapunzel is a terrible tomboy growing up in a very restricted castle with no one but the guards and her mother around. One day she decides to climb to the wall that surrounds the castle.What she sees comes as a complete shock. The entire horizon, as far as she can see, is a complete wasteland. Her mother has used her magic to drain the energy and power from the land and used it to create the gardens and food she grows for the castle. Even worse, Rapunzel's own real mother is working in the mines. Rapunzel was taken from her by the witch.Well, anyone familiar with the story knows what comes next, with the whole locked in a tower thing. But the Hales have given this story a fun Western twist and made Rapunzel a feisty heroine who can save herself, thank you very much. She eventually does meet Jack and teams up with him to save her real mother and stop the witch.Lots of fun.
stieglitzcnewaccount on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel gives a new twist on the traditional Rapunzel tale. The novel takes place in the Wild West. In the story Rapunzel decides to get revenge on Mother Gothel, who is the woman who took Rapunzel from her birth mother.Mother Gothel has also forced Rapunzel's mother to work as a slave and has lied to Rapunzel about her past.Rapunzel finds out the truth and decides to save her mother and everyone else who has suffered from Mother Gothel. I personaly disliked this story. I found the plot confusing at times and a lot of the humor in the novel seemed forced. Rapunzel¿s Revenge has won or has been nominated a lot of awards, such as an ALA 2009 Notable Children¿s Book award, a YALSA 2009 Great Graphic Novel for Teens award, and an Eisner Award nomination.