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Falling for Rapunzel

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,878 ratings  ·  389 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 December 29th 2003)
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So while Leah Wilcox's Falling for Rapunzel is definitely humorous and the delightful, rhyming wordplays and misunderstandings do leave me smiling, as an actual adaptation, as an actual parody of the Rapunzel folktale type, the book in my opinion kind of majorly and annoyingly fizzles out, as in my humble opinion, it would have been considerably more entertaining and laughter-producing if the prince had actually managed to gain entrance into Rapunzel's tower only to be confronted with and by the ...more
Julie Carpenter
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun rhyming story about Rapunzel. My first grader brought this book home a couple days ago and was just giggling. It was so cute, she couldn't stop giggling. As she told me she had a surprise for me, ran to her backpack, pulled out something and hid it behind her back then proceeded to giggle some more. I have to say that her cute little face and sweet giggle makes it very hard to not join in the giggling. She just lost her first tooth not too long ago and it's on the bottom jaw and it just give ...more
From the moment Rapunzel misheard the Prince and let down her underwear, I knew this would be a delightful twist on the original. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and loved the humor and the twist(s) at the end. It's really clever and creative with all the different ways the prince tries to get from Rapunzel to climb the tower, and all the funny things Rapunzel sends down instead. This is a real charmer and I could see it being popular even with kids who aren't into "princess stories" -- boys, ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Mar 18, 2008 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 though it ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fractured Fairy-Tales
Told in rhyming couplets, Leah Wilcox's fractured fairy-tale takes the classic story of Rapunzel and turns it on its head. When a prince happens upon Rapunzel's tower and hears her weeping, he mistakes her chagrin at a bad hair day for true misfortune, and sets out to rescue her. But his efforts are baffled at every turn, as Rapunzel misunderstands his requests, throwing down underwear instead of hair, socks rather than locks, and so on. Eventually she does throw down something the prince wa ...more
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
This was cute, my 6 year old really enjoyed it. I can tell she likes a book when she insists that I read it again as soon as we've finished reading it the first time. So, we read it twice last night. She thought it was hilarious that the prince didn't check around the back of the tower for a door. That was probably her favorite part. Well, it was either that part or the part where she throws the pig out the window.

Cute book, I love that it doesn't show that Rapunzel regrets for even an instant
Sep 24, 2009 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
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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.

This story was selected as one of the books for the March 2017 - Humor reads at the Picture-Book Club in t
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Very cute, with a neat twist, but imo not as special as the community would have you believe. Read it from your library before you buy. Here's my comment for the Children's Books discussion:

Finally got a chance to read Falling for Rapunzel. It's actually been on my list for years. I opine that as far as pure silly humor goes, this is tops of the month. The others are fables with a light touch, but this made me giggle without feeling like I was learning a lesson at the same time. And I agree that
Tricia Douglas
May 11, 2014 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
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was so cute. Not the typical version of Rapunzel but fun to read.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious rhyming and upside down (in a good way) version of Rapunzel. We laughed bunches with this one. Loved the pun in the theme.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-alena
This book made me laugh out loud. It's a funny twist on the Rapunzel story. I don't hear well, so I relate to Rapunzel not hearing the prince very well and sending him down things that rhyme with his requests. I frequently think people say something they don't. I like the illustrations. I like that the prince ultimately gets something better than he expected. After all, he was just there to help. I also like that Rapunzel didn't need his help. ...more
Alyssa Tabor
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and Punny! Might even work for family storytime.
Abriana Chamberlain
Oct 06, 2014 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 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
Luisa Knight
What a hoot! Rapunzel has a hearing problem and who wouldn't wonder, since her tower is so very high. What does the Prince say to throw down to him? Read the story to see just how comical it gets.

Ages: 4 - 8

Cleanliness: there is underwear and petticoats in several of the pictures.

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Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book on my first reading of it, finding it hilarious. I have used it successfully with primary school students. It was just so durned funny how Rapunzel misheard every request from the prince. I also thought that the comical, cartoony illustrations were a perfect match to the silly story. I thought the rhyming couplets very clever as well.
Feb 13, 2014 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! ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This story is hilarious. A great read to just have fun, bu also a great read for students in speech to understand why communication is important and why it is good to unnunciate and make rue you are properly understood. This also would be a cute interp or duo.
Katie Fitzgerald
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Tabetha Elliss
Sep 04, 2013 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. ...more
A fracture fairy tale that finds the prince hoping to woo Rapunzel, but soon discovers that his dream girl has a slight hearing problem, and is having a bad hair day. This humorous rhyme does have an unexpected happy ending.
Oct 10, 2008 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. ...more
Megan B
Feb 19, 2009 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!
Rachael Anderson
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I love this book--filled with fun and wit. A book for adults and children.
In this retelling, Rapunzel can't hear the prince very well from up in her tower and keeps throwing down the wrong things. Very cute retelling of the classic with a fun twist at the end.

3/2017: It seems that my hearing isn't all that great these days so I empathize with Rapunzel. Such a funny story!
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My favorite twist on the Rapunzel story.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Humorous retelling of Rapunzel with colorful illustrations.

themes: fractured fairytale, maid, prince, princess, Rapunzel
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much. It was one of my favorite books growing up and still is a fantastic book. This book is about Rapunzel who is up in her castle while a prince comes along. Unfortunately, the princess does not have the best hearing so everything the prince says he mishears it. The prince tries very hard to get Rapunzel to throw something out the window that he can climb to get to her. But, every time he asks for something, Rapunzel throws out something different. When he asked for her hai ...more
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