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Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair

(Twice Upon a Time #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,234 ratings  ·  329 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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tempted to give it four stars because it's just such a delightful read... but really there's not a lot to satisfy or enlighten. And in fact neither child is all that heroic... the girl is stupid and the boy at one point takes credit for something that another did. Still, I'd read more in the series by Mass, and I love her other books.
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Briar's Reviews
I picked up this book waaaaaay back in the day during the good ol' Scholatic Book Fairs. Man, do I miss them. I mean, book stores are basically a giant book fair but come on. Remember the cool book marks and posters and erasers?! It was the best part of my childhood for sure! And the smell of new books... All those books lined up just waiting for us... Ah, the nostalgia.

Anywho, this take on Rapunzel is absolutely hilarious. I have always loved fairy tales and adaptions of them, so this book was
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
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
Elle (TheBookishActress)
A middle-grade favorite. This series parodies typical fairy tales and makes them into new stories.

Mainly these stories are just funny. It's a comedic romp that never stops being enjoyable.

I also like that they develop the prince characters into goofy nerds. It's far more realistic and far less romantic. These stories manage to establish new, interesting dynamics for the prince and the princess.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: older-kids
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.
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun cute retelling of Rapunzel. It was interesting to see both sides of the story.
Milana Waller
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 I feel like this book was written just to write it if you know what I mean. Rapunzel had plenty of obvious opportunities to escape the tower ....
Fadi Antwan
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m very short on physical books at the moment. I saw my mom, who has a limited working proficiency in English, reading this, and I had to steal it from her (sorry mom)! It’s a cute and silly fast read that I would have enjoyed a lot more had I been younger.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015reviews
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.
Meira (readingbooksinisrael)

Fairy tale retellings, how I have missed you!

I really didn't realize how much I had missed them until I started reading this. And this one is so good.

-It follows the original closely but still manages to make it its own book.

-Like giving an explanation for why Rapunzel's parents would trade her for cabbage.

-And Steve!

-Both the main characters, Rapunzel and Benjamin, are characters that are fun to read and sympathetic. Sure, it opens on Rapunzel having a tantrum, but that's because she's be
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairytales
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
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
Kiran Galsinh
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although you might not realize it, there are always two sides to a story. Rapunzel is in a horrible situation. She was kidnapped by a witch and locked up in a tower that is in the middle of no where. There is nothing but a bundle of hay for Rapunzel to sleep on. On the other side Prince Benjamin is also having a bad time. His mother doesn't let him leave her sight, his father wants him to act more "royal", and his cousin keeps giving him trouble. One day on a hunting trip Prince Benjamin hers a ...more
Taylor Watford
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't put this book down. I loved how Wendy Mass told both sides of the story and wrote it from both Rapunzel's point of view and the Princes. From the beginning of the story to the end I was very interested with anything that had to do with either of them. This version of the story is now my absolute favorite. The way she captured and described the scenes helped me picture myself there in their shoes doing what they are doing. The Twice Upon a Time series is by far my favorite series ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 Puentes
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~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
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't understand the good reviews. Not a bit. This whole thing was dragged out, and some chapter had not but ONE SENTENCE. EVERY CHAPTER HAD CAPITAL LETTERS, JUST LIKE THIS. WOULD YOU JUST SHUT UP, PRETTY PLEASE? Honestly, the plot was OK, the story was OK. Just...I didn't like it. It wasn't modern at all. Just a retelling of the same bland thing you can find in Tangled (Which is actually a lot better than this book)
Janna Craig
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a cute little book. Nothing spectacular (if you want a spectacular Rapunzel rewrite, read Grounded by Megan Morrison), but it was fun. I’ll probably read the others in the series.

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Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
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?
The characters were so drop dead dramatic, it was hilarious! Loved the writing! It's just too bad Rapunzel and Prince Benjamin don’t meet until the end of the story. I was hoping their individual stories would’ve connected sooner, that way I could soak up more of their sassy interactions. Hehehehe. :D
Daisy Bateman
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2012-read
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
Aug 14, 2012 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.
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more

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