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Falling for Rapunzel

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  2,274 Ratings  ·  317 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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Jul 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
My favorite twist on the Rapunzel story.
Alexis Munk
Dec 01, 2016 Alexis Munk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, fiction
I read this book with second graders and they thought it was hilarious. It strays away from the traditional Rapunzel story. The things she thinks the prince says is very funny. This is a great read aloud for children. I also really liked the colors used in the illustrations.
Chandana Sudha
Dec 06, 2016 Chandana Sudha rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-short-story
Rhyming of misheard words are good :D
Rapunzel is worried about her hair...Prince not knowing asks her to drop her long hair as ladder to climb up...story plot of Rapunzel changed to break stereotypes...
Dec 30, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it
This book had my 2 year old laughing hysterically. A fun rhyme scheme and engaging illustrations, it is an entertaining addition to any child's shelf.
Jan 09, 2017 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the twist this tale took. The illustrations are amazing and I love the poetry.
Syntha Green
Sep 30, 2016 Syntha Green rated it it was amazing
This is an entirely new, hilarious spin on the Rapunzel story - it was great at storytime.
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
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
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
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
Natalia Tabisaura
Rapunzel lives in a tall tower. The prince wants to rescue her, but she can't hear his requests to throw down something to help him upstairs. She throws down everything but the kitchen sink and finally throws out her maid too. Using rhyme, Wilcox tells a fractured fairy tale with hilarious twists and turns. After everything has come flying out the tower window, Prince runs off with the maid only for readers to find out that there was back door to the tower. There was no need for all the tribulat ...more
Sadie Vore
Aug 28, 2016 Sadie Vore rated it it was amazing
I chose this book as a picture book due to all of the bright colors and detailed art throughout the book. I would recommend this book to children age four and five as a comprehension book. It is a great book with pictures that foretell what will happen in the next portion of the story. Children this age would easily be able to understand and would also find it humorous. I would also recommend the story to children up to the age of eight, or third grade. I am a nanny to three children ages eight, ...more
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
Reana Smiley
Jul 18, 2015 Reana Smiley rated it it was amazing
Wilcox, Leah, and Lydia Monks. Falling for Rapunzel. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003. Print.
Verse book. Ages 4-8. Falling for Rapunzel is a story about Rapunzel and the prince, and his attempts to get her attention. This is a charming twist on the traditional Rapunzel story, and is funny and entertaining. The illustrations are an interesting touch to the book, they are quirky and colorful. From this book I learned not to expect the expected. I figured it would be your traditional prince
Feb 23, 2008 Shaindel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children, teachers, and parents...
Recommended to Shaindel by: the author's mom
I don't read a lot of children's books (because I don't have children), but this book was written by the daughter of one of my current students, and she just loaned it to me. I LOVE this book and would strongly recommend it to anyone who has "picture book age" children.

In it, Rapunzel mishears when the prince tells her to let down her hair and throws down her underwear, dirty socks, and, at last, her maid (with whom the prince happily runs off). We all knew that handsome princes aren't all they'
Mrs. Wynn
Review the story of Rapunzel with the class to make sure they know it well enough to allow them a laugh at this version! Poor Rapunzel can't quite make out what the Prince is shouting up at her and her maid.
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!"
She thought he said, "Your underwear."
And so begin the laughs as the Prince endures all sorts of things flying out the tower window. Lots of fun.

Illustrations by Lydia Monks are great. Monks likes to use photos cut into shapes for clothing (pictures
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Wilcox, Leah. Falling for Rapunzel. Putnam. 2003
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read

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.
In this crazy mixed up tale of Rapunzel the prince ends up with more then he bargains for. The distance from the tower that Rapunzel is in, to the ground where the prince is leads to some miscommunication.

Rapunzel is just like every other girl even though she is a princess, so children will relate to the bad hair day. The rhyming words in this book would be great to get students to learn what rhyming words are. When the prince says to Rapunzel to let down her hair she instead hears underwear, so
Jul 06, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I don't read a lot these days, but I read more than you might conclude, given my dearth of ratings/reviews. I don't much like assigning a number rating. But since the kids and I have discovered some great picture books in recent years, I thought I'd share a number of titles that we've enjoyed. Some are definite five star books for us, some definite four star books, and many fall somewhere inbetween or might get one rating from me on a given day and another on a different day. I won't include too ...more
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