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Falling for Rapunzel

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,183 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
The prince is hoping to fall for Rapunzel, but since she can't quite hear what he asks for, everything but her hair gets tossed out her window. Instead of her curly locks, she throws her dirty socks. Instead of silky tresses, out go lacey dresses. And you can predict the guaranteed-to-crack-kids-up clothing she sends down when the prince simply says hair. . . .Finally Rapu ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Puffin Books (first published 2003)
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Oct 11, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This updated "fractured fairy tale" of Rapunzel had my first grade students laughing hysterically. They enjoyed the repetitive misunderstanding of Rapunzel as she throws down her "dirty socks" instead of her "curly locks" or her "underwear" in stead of her hair. As a teacher, I liked how I could use the book as a way to get the children to make predictions using rhyme. As a woman, I liked how Rapunzel never wanted or needed to be rescued as the prince thought, it was just all a misunderstanding. ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Stewart rated it really liked it
Shelves: little-pissants
Although not quite as funny or clever as Waking Beauty, Leah Wilcox wrote another winner with Falling for Rapunzel. I won't belabor the points I mentioned in my review of Waking Beauty but these books are a brilliant, funny and colorful take on classic princess stories. Since the idea of mentioning anything other than a princess story to my 3 year old is a mortal sin, I am grateful that I discovered these books on my most recent trip to the public library.

I enjoy that these stories don't depict
Abriana Chamberlain
Oct 06, 2014 Abriana Chamberlain rated it really liked it
Falling for Rapunzel was absolutely perfect. Just by the name you assume you know exactly what the story is going to be like. It starts out with a handsome Prince walking through the forest and sees her through her window. So then he calls "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!" but instead of hearing that she thought "Your underwear." So for the next couple of pages it keeps going. He tries to get her attention but each time she hears the exact opposite of what he says. It isn't until the P ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
If you like updated or "fractured" fairy tales, Falling for Rapunzel is for you! It had my students in stitches this morning during the read aloud. They found it hilarious that Rapunzel had such bad hearing, which resulted in her throwing down random items to the prince. I loved the twist at the end for Rapunzel's maid and also the "back door." Amusing and fun!
Nov 25, 2015 Garren rated it liked it
Amelia Bedelia grew out her hair and moved to a tower. This is a fun book because of the mishearings and therefore absurd responses. Appropriate use of unusually tall aspect ratio for the book. I had an unreasonable appreciation for the simple art style.
Lisa Vegan
Mar 22, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults & their children, everybody
This book might actually be even more enjoyable for adults & older children who know many traditional fairy tales well, especially Rapunzel. This is also an excellent book for young children because the story in rhyme and the pictures are terrific, and even young kids will find the events funny. Very charming. Really hilarious. Terrific message. And it has the best twist ending that I’ve ever read in an “alternative” fairy tale. It’s a special book that can be enjoyed by all ages, even thoug ...more
Kimberly Idso
Feb 27, 2016 Kimberly Idso rated it it was amazing
Falling for Rapunzel is a fractured fairy tale of the original Rapunzel tale. In this story, a prince is riding his horse when he hears a cry from Rapunzel's tower. Rapunzel has just realized that her hair has lost its shine and is very upset about it. The prince, who does not know this, fears that she might be in trouble so he runs to the tower to rescue her. He then gets off of his horse and cries up to Rapunzel to let down her hair. Rapunzel, who is having a hard time hearing quite what the p ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Kristy rated it really liked it
Falling for Rapunzel is a modern book that takes a twist on the commonly known story, Rapunzel. It begins with a prince riding up to Rapunzel's window, asking her to let down her hair. Rapunzel, being too high up does not understand what the prince is trying to say and keeps throwing down what she thinks she is hearing him say. Wilcox teaches children both synonyms and rhymes as the prince tries to think of different ways to ask Rapunzel to throw down her hair. Rapunzel hears words (rhymes) clos ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, rhyming, 2012
This is a funny little story that is based on the classic fairytale, but ends in a very different way. The rhyming narrative is humorous and our girls had fun guessing what Rapunzel would pick to throw down each time. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish and give a whimsical feel to the tale. We enjoyed reading this book together and will look for Waking Beauty at our local library.
Sep 21, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
"Falling for Rapunzel," is a funny and exciting adaptation of the Brother Grimm's version of Rapunzel. The illustrations fully captured the humor and absurdity of each scene adding to the overall understanding of the incidents taking place. Although an easy read there are many examples of vocabulary not often used within children's literature, adding to the possibility of exploring vocabulary within a classroom setting. This lighthearted adaptation excludes the dark and twisted scenes found with ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Wilcox, Leah. Falling for Rapunzel. Putnam. 2003
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Gr PK-2 Falling for Rapunzel is the perfect read aloud for primary students. As a fractured fairy tale it takes fun in twisting the original story. This time Rapunzel is hard of hearing and when he asks her to let down her hair she throws down her underwear. Many more misunderstandings take place until he meets her maid. As love tends to be quick in fairy tales, he immediately falls for the maid.
Tabetha Elliss
Sep 04, 2013 Tabetha Elliss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth, fantasy
I don't rate every book I read my children, otherwise I would be spending way to much time on goodreads. However, this one made me laugh and I didn't mind reading it several times a day for the time we had it from the library. I can't say that very often.
Aug 27, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
This is the most darling wonderful children's picture book I have come across in months. It is delightfully funny and silly for both children and parents so you can both giggle as you turn each page to see how Rapunzel mis-interprets the prince's words. I can still see how my 4yo daughter giggled when he asks her to throw down her hair and instead she throws down her underwear. The ending was also cheerful and a twist on the old Rapunzel story so there is something new in addition to all of the ...more
Megan B
Mar 27, 2009 Megan B rated it it was amazing
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!"
She thought he said, "your underwear."
"No, Rapunzel. Your curly locks!"
Rapunzel threw down dirty socks.

What a fun laugh this short book is!
Jan 13, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it
This was a very funny a different retelling of Rapunzel. Rapunzel is my favorite princess of all time, so it was great to read such a comical take on the story. The art work is very strange and goes very well with the story. The story is not what you would expect it to be because Rapunzel does not end up with the Prince because she is not a good listener. Over all I would say that this is a great children's book. If I were using this to teach a class I would teach my students a lesson on listeni ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Humorous retelling of Rapunzel with colorful illustrations.

themes: fractured fairytale, maid, prince, princess, Rapunzel
Oct 13, 2008 Ryan rated it did not like it
I don't got anything to say about it if I didn't like. I just don't like it. It's not the real Rapunzel book.
Sep 23, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
I really enjoyed this fractured fairytale version of Rapunzel. It was fun to be able to try and guess what Rapunzel was hearing versus what the prince had really said. I loved that it incorporated rhyming and so it made you think before hand. The illustrations were really interesting too. The trees would have pictures of actual tress but the rest of the page was illustrated. The clothing on Rapunzel also looked like actual fabric. I thought that was a cool touch to make the pictures look more in ...more
Tatelyn Graves
Jan 14, 2015 Tatelyn Graves rated it it was amazing
This book was seriously so cute probably the cutest book I have read in a really long time. Rapunzel was really scatterbrained and could not hear the prince who was calling down to her. He was calling for things and she would throw him down things that were the wrong things that sounded similar to what he asked for. In the end the prince asked for her braid and Rapunzel threw down her maid and then the prince fell in love with the mood and then they ran away together and that made rapunzel happy ...more
Tricia Douglas
May 11, 2014 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
This is a cute book I ran across by chance. Of course, it's based on the classic Rapunzel tale, but this time there is some funny variations on the theme. The prince wants Rapunzel to throw down her hair, but she doesn't hear quite right. What she throws down instead always rhymes with the word: hair - underwear, locks - socks, tresses - dresses, etc. The prince is not happy until what Rapunzel is finally asked to throw down (rhymes with braid) does make him satisfied! The story is cute and the ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It is probably one of my favorites. It started out with a handsome prince who saw Rapunzel and was very fond of her. He calls out to her and tells her to throw down her hair, but she can't hear him very well and throws down her underwear as well as many other silly objects that keep you laughing and waiting to know what's gonna happen next. I can only imagine reading this to young kids and hearing them giggle after reading each page. The book ends in a way you would ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
My favorite twist on the Rapunzel story.
Dec 09, 2014 Libby rated it really liked it
This is a repeat checkout for us, and I didn't particularly notice the book the first time around. It made more of an impression on the kids, apparently.

In this fractured fairy tale version of Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a bit hard of hearing, and keeps throwing out everything BUT her hair. The rhyming, which can get tedious, is a little easier for grown-ups to bear here than in lots of kids' books, because it forms an integral part of the plot. The happy ending has something of a twist, but most grow
Jenna Cohen
Oct 17, 2012 Jenna Cohen rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is the second book that I read for the fairy tale assignment.

This story is all about Rapunzel's hair :) I think would be enjoyable as a read-aloud. It is written as a rhyme, and I believe the rhyming words would be predictable for most students in second/third grade and above.

This is a light story. There is no backstory about how Rapunzel got up in the tower. She's just there, sad, because her hair isn't shiny! The prince comes and says the famous line from the Grimm tale, "Rapunzel, Rapun
Sandra Guerfi
Apr 30, 2016 Sandra Guerfi rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This hilarious retelling of the Prince's visit to Rapunzel's tower will have you in giggles. As the Prince tries to get Rapunzel to let down her hair she hears everything but what he's actually saying with results such as dirty socks, underwear, and her best pig being flung out the tower window to the perplexed and vexed Prince below. Will this story have a happy ending? Or will the Prince never find true love? Perfect silliness for little ones with an ending that will seal the deal.
Sep 23, 2014 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
I loved this book! It was great how it rhymed because it made the book flow and made it fun to guess what was coming next. The ending was also a twist to the classic Rapunzel fairy tale. The book had me laughing, so children will definitely enjoy it. However, I also thought the illustrations were not good enough for the book. The story was so entertaining and the pictures were just lacking. I still give it 5 stars though because it was just too funny!
Sep 23, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I loved this book. I wouldn't definitely recommend it to anyone that reads to kids. The cute story unfolds as the Prince continues to ask Rapunzel to throw down her hair. Yet, Rapunzel can't hear, so she keeps on throwing down random things. Then, she throws down her maid. The prince and her maid fall deeply in love. This twist in the story is the perfect touch of humor! I would definitely give it a 5! I hope to add this book to my classroom collection!
Jul 23, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
The Prince hears a cry of despair! He found the sound coming from Rapunzel's tower. In different ways, he tried to get her to throw down her hair. She mishears him every time and throws down so many other things! In the end, she throws her maid (when asked for her braid). She lands on the Prince and they instantly fall in love. I love Leah Wilcox's style so much, and Lydia Monks' illustrations are fantastic!

Great for preschool storytimes.
Jan 30, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
This book gave me the following question, "If I want to lock someone up in a high tower, how high does the tower have to be such that you start not being able to hear what some stranger on the ground is trying to yell up to you?" I loved all of the silliness that ensues because of the fact that Rapunzel could not hear what the prince was saying exactly. I wouldn't have tossed all that stuff out the window, though. In fact, no one really should toss things out their windows. What if Rapunzel had ...more
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