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Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge #1)

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Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder,
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Melki
 WANTED 
 DEAD OR ALIVE 
 RAPUNZEL 
 For horse thieving, kidnapping, 
 jailbreaking, and using her own hair 
 in a manner other than 
 nature intended! 


This is one spunky Rapunzel, a gal with gumption, well able to rescue her own doggone self from a tower, thank you!

She reminds me so much of Jessie from Toy Story 2! Rapunzel uses her long braids for roping and wrangling, tearing through a fairy tale that mixes it up with the Old West. There are cacti, giant snakes, coyotes and even a jackalope to cont
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Betsy
A popular novelist may be prone to looking at the whole of their oeuvre. They consider their past works, look to the future, and decide to write a graphic novel. What makes them do this? Is it the potential to reach whole new audiences? Is it the accessibility of the format? The trendiness of it all? Or it is something else? Could it be that graphic novels are the wave of the future? Could be. Certainly they offer an author a whole new way of looking at the literary format. Why an enterprising y ...more
Jessica
A fresh, funny take on the Rapunzel fairy tale. Set in the Old West, Rapunzel's braids prove to be useful as more than just a ladder as she lassos her way to freedom along with her cohort, Jack.

Shannon and Dean's clever dialogue and hilarious narration are just that: clever and hilarious. In fact, I think they should collaborate on more projects, but as with any graphic novel, I'm into it for the pictures, and Nathan Hale does not disappoint. (I'm also a huge fan of his picture books, so I wasn'
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Ronyell
“Rapunzel’s Revenge” is an awesome retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale “Rapunzel” by Shannon and Dean Hale along with illustrations by Nathan Hale (no relation). “Rapunzel’s Revenge” is a brilliant tale of adventure and romance that both children and adults will enjoy for centuries!

Shannon and Dean Hale has done a great job with writing their first graphic novel together and they make the story both exciting and dramatic at the same time. Shannon and Dean Hale had brilliantly retold the
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Becky
Hale, Shannon and Dean. 2008. Rapunzel's Revenge. Illustrated by Nathan Hale.

Rapunzel's Revenge is a graphic novel. A great graphic novel of an empowered and spunky Rapunzel who's on a quest for revenge. Really there are no words for how much fun this one is. It does begin in a familiar way, "Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little girl..." and it is loosely based on the fairy tale...but most of the story is original and fun and wonderful. The book really begins to take off when Rapunzel
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Eva Mitnick
Rapunzel doesn’t know there’s anything wrong with her life – a gorgeous villa, plenty of food, servants and guards, a powerful mother named Mother Gothel – until she manages to finally scale the high wall that surrounds her opulent home. Beyond it lies an industrial wasteland, starving workers policed by vicious guards, and… Rapunzel’s real mother, a worker dressed in rags whose baby was taken from her by Mother Gothel. Rapunzel furiously confronts Mother Gothel, who has her taken away and impri ...more
Cara
When I first saw this title I hadn't realized that it was a graphic novel. As a rule I tend to avoid them since (at least to me) they don't seem like real books, but since I love Shannon Hale,s work I decided to give it a chance.
I enjoyed it a lot more than what I expected. It is a very unique and cool retelling of Rapunzel's story. It was more like she was a comic book hero (which wasn't bad), I guess what I'm trying to say is that I thought it was pretty cool that she had killer braids. We are
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Leslie
"Now with a name like the Devil's Armpit, you'd think it'd be a right jolly place. -We didn't sleep much at night."

My first foray into the land of graphic novels was very entertaining. What's not to like about a red-headed chick with a scorpion tale hair braid and a stinging attitude to match it! Throw in a handsome, mysterious sidekick, an evil stepmother, plants and animals with serious growth issues, and you have a modernized version of the classic fairy tale.

Without giving too much away, m
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Lori
I'll be honest -- this is the first graphic novel I have ever read. I was drawn to it because of the attractive artwork - the illustrator did a great job and the colors literally jump off the page.

I was torn between giving it a 3 star rating or a 4 star rating. It was easy to read and interesting. Having just watched "Tangled" a few weeks ago, I found this interpretation of Rapunzel's story interesting. The authors took the basic elements of Rapunzel's story and added some more fantasy elements
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Rebecca Wells for TeensReadToo.com

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 weap
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Kathryn
When Repunzel discovers the woman she has always called mother stole her away from her family as a child and is sucking the life out of the land, she knows that she must use all of her meager skills to return the land to its fertile origins. With the help of her new friend Jack and his crazy goose Goldy, Punzie finds an inner strength and a community ready to come together to take down the most evil witch of all.

This a cute story that mixes the Brothers Grimm with Mother Goose and throws in a t
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Marissa
My first graphic novel read!
And, sorry graphic novels, I enjoy written word better.
This is obviously, Rapunzel. The little pictures capture and tell the story so well but I would have loved intense descriptions and reading more.
On the other hand, my daughter Julia, loves it. She keeps sneaking it into her bed at night to read when she thinks I am not looking. I think it's giving her a bridge from a typical picture book with not so much plot shown in images that she can follow some of the passa
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Deanna
My first graphic novel...

My last graphic novel?....

I like that Hale is making an effort to revive the old fairy tales. Okay I love that. However, I'm not a big fan of Calamity Jane or the old west but some how Rapunzel became Calamity Jane, only with really long hair. So this book wasn't really about Rapunzel and an old fairy tale but about Calamity Jane. I'm sure everyone else will love it, I was bored.

She definitely threw some "I am woman, I can take cake of myself" stuff in there too. Why mus
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Jenna
I went to the library today and hauled a hefty sum of graphic novels. Rapunzel's Revenge was a bit ho-hum, but I did like certain aspects. The fairy tale trope has been done multiple times, but the Hales were able to incorporate new aspects to Rapunzel's story. This graphic novel took place in a wild west environment that was controlled by the evil Mother Gothel, or Rapunzel's chaperone. I liked Rapunzel's character quite a lot. She was a redhead, which was nice compared to all the stories with ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 19, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shannon Hale fans! :)
Shelves: fairy-tales, legends
This was cute, laugh out loud, smile n sigh, graphic novel. (meaning basically a comic book the length of a novel... graphic as in pictures!)
I loved the illustrations, especially the expressions on some of the characters faces at times! :) This western tale of a girl with twenty-foot braids, and a boy with a quick sense of humor and a knack for stealing is a clean, fun read!
Luann
This was fun! Such a unique and spunky version of the Rapunzel story - with a little Jack and the Beanstalk thrown in for good measure - and I'm sure I also saw some dwarves and a jackalope! (My second book with a jackalope.) A great collaboration by Shannon and Dean Hale with illustrations by Nathan Hale (no relation). I look forward to the sequel.
Arkara
I read Rapunzel’s Revenge one day when I was very bored, and was just sifting through my library. Set in the Wild West, this book puts a very creative twist on the classic fairytale. Rapunzel lives in a lavish villa, owned by the person she thought was her mother. As she grew, she yearned to what lies beyond the high garden walls of the villa. When she sees what is past the stone wall, she is imprisoned in a tree with a hollowed out room at the top, functioning as her tower. In her years of inca ...more
Marian
Cute take. Of all the fairy tale princesses I have thought Rapunzel to be the dimmest--sitting all by herself with two long "ropes" to use for escape. So yeah for Hale empowering Rapunzel to wait for no one and save herself.
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
OH MY GOSH. Way better than I expected, I loved it so much! THIS is the kind of thing kids need to be reading. Full review to come!
Sam
This is a new take on the Rapunzel story where she is less the damsel in distress and more the don't mess with me or I'll whoop your ass heroine that is out to rescue her mother and get her revenge. I much prefer this version of Rapunzel as she doesn't take any messing around and gets stuff done rather than waiting for some random bloke to rock up and do it for her. The story also incorporates all the familiar and best bits of the traditional tale and of other childhood stories and does so in su ...more
Swankivy
This was a lot of fun for a new twist on the Rapunzel tale--set in a kind of fantastical version of the Old West! I liked that the old fairy tale is woven into the story throughout (with a couple crossovers involving Jack, Rapunzel's companion), but that it has plenty of original worldbuilding too. What's especially delightful about it is Rapunzel's role as the leader of the action; for a girl in a tower, she's much less passive than you'd expect, and throughout her adventures with Jack you can ...more
Kelly
This isn't your grandmother's Rapunzel! If you're thinking of the classic tale of a girl trapped in a tower who has a prince save her - you are barking up the wrong tree. Set in what feels like the Wild Wild West, Rapunzel has come into her own, and she doesn't need a prince to rescue her.

Born in a sheltered house behind a secret wall, she has a mother with magical talents and a big secret. As a little girl she lives a charmed privilaged life - though she's not allowed to see what's on the othe
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Wonbo
Rapunzel's Revenge: by Shannon & Dean Hale. Illustration by: Nathan Hale (not related to the authors). Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Fairytale, 144 pages

This Review Contains Spoilers!!!!!!

This story is a spin-off of the famous tale Rapunzel. In this story, Rapunzel is not a weak, need help princess, but a tomboy style character, who would run through trouble to rescue her mother from the evil witch, mother Gothel. Rapunzel starts as a curious girl, who lived behind the great walls Gothel had put
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Nancy O'Toole
As a child, I loved fairy tales, but as I’ve grown older I’ve started to see their flaws. One of the things that have struck me the most is their portrayal of women. You can be Rapunzel, the beautiful, goodhearted maiden that must be rescued by the handsome prince, or the evil, ugly witch that locks her in the tower. With all of the modernizations of fairy tales released in the past several years, these stereotypes are often turned on their heads. Rapunzel’s Revenge is a great example of this. I ...more
Keri
Kerima McLucas
Traditional Literature

Rapunzel is a young girl, living in a villa with a woman named Gothel, whom she thought was her mother. The villa is surrounded by an incredibly tall stone wall. Rapunzel is plagued with nightmares that Gothel advises her to ignore, but a gut feeling leads Rapunzel to believe that the answer to her nightmares is just beyond the villa’s stone wall. Once Rapunzel makes it over the wall, guards catch her and send her back. While she was on the other side, she m
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Chris
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
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Misty
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
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Dolly
Jul 03, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children who like graphic novels
We've been reading different versions of fairy tales and we recently discovered this graphic novel at our local library. It's the first book in the Rapunzel's Revenge series by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale. It's a wild west retelling of the classic tale, with some interesting twists, danger and some romance thrown in for good measure.

It was a quick, entertaining read and I enjoyed how the authors incorporated different fairy tales into the one story. I love how spunky and adventurous
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Anners
Rapunzel is no damsel in distress, waiting meekly for a prince to rescue her. Four years ago, Rapunzel discovered that Gothel wasn’t her real mother. Her real mother has been slaving away in the mining camps outside Rapunzel’s palatial home. You see, four years ago, Gothel locked Rapunzel in a hollow tree high above the forest floor for questioning the way the kingdom was run. Her tree-top prison provides only food and shelter, and she’s been wearing the SAME DRESS for FOUR YEARS! Thank goodness ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It did not disappoint! Yeah! I had so much fun reading and looking at the text and the illustrations. Shannon Hale's telling, even with reduced amount of text due to the graphic novel nature of the book, is crisp and humorous, and with certain subtlety that amuses me, the adult reader, and yet not difficult to appreciate for young readers. (I had a 10-year-old girl today reading it and she absolutely loved the book -- then she found out that this is by the same author who gave her the pleasure o ...more
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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