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Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,779 ratings  ·  257 reviews
There are two sides to every story -- even fairy tales. A he said/she said series with a prince and princess twist.

Rapunzel is having the ultimate bad day. She's been stolen from home by an evil witch, locked in an incredibly high tower, and doesn't even have a decent brush for her hair. Prince Benjamin is in a pretty uncomfortable situation himself. His father wants him t
Paperback, 205 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Pamela Kramer
"Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair" by Wendy Mass is part of the "Twice Upon a Time" series.

Many authors have been rewriting fairy tales, and Wendy Mass is one of the successful ones. This story, which follows the Rapunzel tale fairly faithfully, deviates in that instead of the prince being blinded by the witch, he just has really poor vision and is practically blind without his glasses, which the witch breaks.

The story is told from alternative viewpoints, that of Rapunzel and that of the Pri
May 20, 2011 Evy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: series
Nowadays, everyone is developing parodies or twisted versions of old fairy tales. Among all these, Wendy Mass's 'Twice Upon a Time' series sticks out, and in particular the series starter. Complete with the original aspects of the Brothers Grimm story Rapunzel, and with Mass's own little touches, 'Rapunzel, the One With All the Hair' is truly unique. Wacky, fun, exciting, new...I love this book. The one star is taken off because I believe Mass could've extended the story quite a bit farther, and ...more
I started this as a read aloud for my son. I thought it would not be too girly, beause it tells the story of Prince Benjamin as well as Rapunzel. And I am right--it is not too girly. (Though I doubt many boys would pick it up on their own.)
However, as a read aloud it sort of dragged. I stopped and read it silently to myself and liked it much better.
Az Janae
The book Twice upon a time Rapunzel the one with all the hair. By Wendy Mass is a really good book because it shows both character’s point of view and explains both their feelings. The main settings in the book is the tower that Rapunzel is being held in the castle Prince Benjamin lives in and the forest that separates them the main characters are Rapunzel, Prince Benjamin , the Witch/ Mother Gothel , the Queen, Steven, the king and Elkin the main conflict is that rapunzel is stuck in a tower an ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Zoe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: peoples who like fairy tales with twists
Recommended to Zoe by: me
This was a very good book that was never boring... It is basically the story of Rapunzel (let down your long hair!) with kindof a twist, but not really, and it is viewed by both the point of view of Rapunzel AND the prince... i highly recommend it!
I wanted to enjoy this adaptation of Rapunzel by Wendy Mass. I'd read Wendy Mass and really enjoyed her work in the past. So my expectations were high, perhaps TOO high.

Both Rapunzel and the Prince are on the young side--around the age of twelve. So this isn't a fairy tale romance that sweeps you away. (Not that the original story is oh-so-romantic. Far from it, as I see it. The Disney movie is another story almost!) Was I reading it FOR romance? Not really. That's not where I was disappointed.
A fun cute retelling of Rapunzel. It was interesting to see both sides of the story.
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Wendy Mass' take on the classic fairytale is more true to the feelings that most teenagers would be experiencing after being kidnapped by a witch, forced in a tower, and ordered to "let down her hair."
Mass also introduces a new character: the usually illusive Prince only characterized by his nobility, integrity, and good looks, becomes the gawky bespectacled Benjamin, a fan of adventure novels and staying in his room, has a habit of breaking glasses, and hates leeches, hunting, being regal, and
The beginning and middle of the story was very good. The ending though was a little rushed and not as satisfying as I hoped it would be. The story was told in a humorous modern tone but, the story was still set in Once Upon a Time. Think Shrek the movie. Another problem is that the two major problems of the characters - Rapunzel getting out of the tower and Prince Benjamin rewarded a peasant have such obvious solutions it is wonder the characters missed them.

Still, the characters are wonderfully
Rapunzel is shocked to discover, on her 12th bday (henceforth to be known as "The Day of my Kidnapping") that she has been promised to an old witch in return for some measly herbs! The witch takes her to a tower but Rapunzel is not one to just settle for things, she Will find a way out! She can't give up now, especially with the help of her new friend Steve, there must be a way to foil the witch.

Meanwhile, the slightly clumsy, but always kind Prince Benjamin is learning princely behaviors, tryi
Bella Puentes
~Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair is the first book in the Twice Upon a Time series. Wendy Mass, the author of the book, makes you feel like you are actually in the fairy tale. The book includes magical adventures from Rapunzel and from the Prince. This story wanted me to read more at the end of each chapter because, it lefts me hanging, to find what will happen next.This story is not like you hear before, it is told in a totally different way.I could not but the book down,my mind was set to ...more
Kaiti Holman
The book Rapunzel by Wendy Mass is a wonderful story and is the first book in the Twice Upon a Time series. To begin, Wendy Mass is an amazing author,she is the one who got me into reading. The whole book is a magical adventure and is a little different from the other versions of Rapunzel.{Personally this is my favorite version}."Rapunzel" is still based on a charming prince, a princess{with all the hair}, and a not so nice step mother. I thing this is the best version of Rapunzel because it was ...more
Rapunzel is kidnapped from home by an evil witch, because her father forgot to pay a debt. She is then locked in the top of a tower in a room with no door only a window, and a kitten for company. Benjamin is the prince, and heir to his father's throne. He is having a normal day of being taught the things he will need to know as king, when his troublesome cousin is dropped off at the castle for a few weeks. I first read this book in elementary school, and I loved it. The reader gets both sides of ...more
Bella Lake
All of Wendy Mass's books are around 4 stars which is good considered how complex her stories are.
Nelly Stepanov
I thought this book was hillarious! It showed a twist no one ever thought of even incorporating with the classic Rapunzel fairytale. In the story Rapunzel is a snotty brat who thinks only of herself. Her struggle with the prince is never boring and keeps you reading until the end. I would recommend this to everyone who just needs a break from reading difficult reads. You could read the story in a day but it's worth it. The prince and Rapunzel almost use eachother for their own reasons and in the ...more
It was fantastic! When you talk about Rapunzel, you usually think about the main character, Rapunzel. But this book shows that thing acually happen to the prince too. He has a personality in twice upon a time.The reason I think it is a very good book is because you get to see the prince's perspective aswell as Rapunzel's.
Ok, you THOUGHT you knew how the story of Rapunel went, but you only knew half the story. This was so cute and I highly recommend it to all middle school girls, my nieces included. Who knew a prince whose glasses keep braking could steal your heart? Who knew a bratty girl with long hair could be her own hero?
Daisy Bateman
Jan 16, 2012 Daisy Bateman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Daisy by: Terri Bateman
I love this book it is so CUTE! Definatly read it it is one of my favorites. When I picked it up I couldn't put it down it was so good! It is a great mixture of fantasy, romance, humor, and sadness. I loved it... Read it... it is really good!

- Daisy Bateman
Maria Habib
This story is really weird and not like all the other fairy tales its fuuny and unexpected i liked it alot because the writer was making fun of the way the fairy tale writers make the story so lovely and nice and he made the story the complete opposite!
Wendy Mass is quickly becoming one of the favorite authors in the library.
This is the first of a new series.
Benjamin: young prince who eventually rescues Rapunzel
Elkins: Benjamin's cousin, one year older
Andrew: Benjamin's servant
Aug 15, 2012 Pam added it
Fast and Fun Read. A new take on an old fairy tale. Artistic license has been taken to change the story and the language is fun and how teens would talk today. Must Read. Wendy Mass is taking fairy tales to a new level.
This was cute. It was something I've had on my shelves that I wanted to be sure wasn't full of garbage I didn't want my kids reading. It turned out cute if not slightly predictable. Good fast read thought
Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl)
I didn't realize I'd read this a long time ago until I started reading the book, so I just reread it! :D It's amazing how well it was written and how it all fit together! Wendy Mass you are amazing!
it was an okay fun read the ending was not what i wanted,but i could deal with it. the plot was good. i really liked the charcter devlopment in this book as well.
This book was AMAZING! Its nothing like the true rapunzel story. This story is about rapunzel AND Prince Benjamen, a super nerdy prince.
I loved this book it was about both repunzle and a prince. WHo saves repunlze and keeps the elvil wich borded up in her house
One of my students turned me on to this series recently. It presents a unique twist on the retold fairy tale since it endeavors to tell both the princess and the prince's tale simultaneously. Sometimes the back and forth "he said/she said" chapters caused me to struggle a bit in the continuity of the tale, but it certainly presented a new way of looking at a very old story. I really enjoyed that it brought in more of the classic details of the original story rather than the sanitized details I r ...more
Desiree May
The book "Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair" written by Wendy Mass was overall a very good book that was a little confusing at first. First of all the way the book refers to the characters and items in the book is a little bit off if you pay very close attention to the details. But, there was good parts in the book, like how they described the wind rushing in on Rapunzel's neck. The theme of this book was justice because in the end everything got resolved and the evil people/beings got what t ...more
Ashley Vargas
In my opinion this was a very good book. I like this book because it explains why the evil witch would "kidnap" Rapunzel. Then Prince Bemjamin comes out. The witch had this green monster that would take Rapunzel all these things like the cat. Rapunzel finally sees the green monster and write him a thank you letter for evrything. Towards the end Prince Benjamins mom wants him to marry a girl that he doesn't like. Then he trys to help Rapunzel escape from the tower by bringing her what she needs. ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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