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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  667 ratings  ·  163 reviews
The wicked witch has Rapunzel trapped - but not for long!
Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. Under the threat of a witch's fearsome curse, the poor girl seems doomed to a life in captivity. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 2017)
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4.5 stars

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Peachtree Publishers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had read many fairy tale retellings where the female protagonists (usually, “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood”) are rewritten as strong protagonists who are able to get themselves out their horrible situations using their wits and action skills. So, when I stumbled upon this new children’s book on Edelweiss called “Rapunzel” by Bethan W
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love Woollvin's design sense, her use of color, her twists on fairy tale characters made strong and cunning, and the little rabbit that I believe was in Little Red as well (and now, a chicken too!).

But my favorite part is the witch's bloomers.
Karen Witzler
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Colorful, interesting design - but for a host of reasons, I prefer the more traditional. I suspect that many children will have this as their first and only exposure to the tale and the "empowering" changes will be lost on them. Written for their parents. ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Oh, my goodness! This is wonderful!!! There is Rapunzel, stuck in the tower, with that evil witch visiting her every day. But does Rapunzel need a Prince to save her?? NO! Rapunzel figures out a way to defeat the witch and free herself from the tower, all on her own.

Rapunzel is resourceful and brave! She's really quite ingenious, and (dare I say it?) full of spunk.
She makes friends with some forest animals, and with their help, she becomes a scourge to witches everywhere. I just love seeing a s
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
This is a re-written version of Rapunzel that little girls should love. Rapunzel does not need to be rescued by a prince, she is smart and strong and is able to outsmart the witch who has her trapped in the castle tower. With the help of some animal friends she meets when she sneaks out of the tower, she not only escapes, but does away with the witch. A very short cute story that shows how brains can overcome a lot of troubles. A great book for public, school and home libraries. This could be us ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
At first glance, the minimal amount of text in this book and the illustration style made it seem like a perfect way to introduce this fairy tale to toddlers and preschoolers. But then I realized the prince has been edited out of the story and the whole thing has an irritating and inauthentic "girl power" feeling to it, and I put it back on the library shelf never to be read again. ...more
Things I adore about Bethan Woollvin's RAPUNZEL:
1. There is no prince (only a delightfully chubby forest pony).
2. Heaps of deadpan humor in both text and illustration.
3. HILARIOUS witch underpants.
Woollvin is firmly establishing herself as the Angela Carter of picture books--her playful, subversive take on fairy tales is both empowering and deliciously offbeat. More, please!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Bethan Woollvin briskly and boldly retells the story of Rapunzel as a lovely tale of courage and daring with delightful illustrations.
Loved this fractured fairy tale that emphasizes that young girls and women can save their own damn selves (with a little help from friends) and don't need a man to do it for them. ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really great illustrations especially the witches bloomers!!!!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was pitched as a feminist retelling of Rapunzel, and that's exactly what it is! I laughed out loud at some of the images and found its somewhat dark-ish ending to be still age-appropriate and delightful. Loved the boxy art and girl-power theme. ...more
Chance Lee
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-it
Rapunzel uses her own hair to her advantage and becomes a vigilante witch hunter.
Just as she did in Little Red, the author/illustrator relies on one color--bright marigold yellow--as the focal point in this revisionary version of the classic fairy tale. Even though the witch warns Rapunzel of the consequences of ever leaving the tower in which she has imprisoned the young girl, Rapunzel has plans of her own. She cunningly fashions her long locks into a ladder and explores the world around her. Over time, she weaves together leaves and branches and uses them to climb to freed ...more
Wayne McCoy
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
'Rapunzel' by Bethan Woollvin is a clever retelling of the well-known story. The cover illustration pulled me in, and the internal ones didn't disappoint.

Rapunzel is trapped in a tower by a wicked witch. The witch climbs Rapunzel's hair and takes some of it to sell. She threatens that if Rapunzel leaves, the witch will curse her. But Rapunzel has a plan.

This is a clever Rapunzel who needs no prince to save her. She's also brave and pretty fearless. This version of the story with it's plucky hero
Fractured fairy tales have become a genre all there own in recent years. And I love it. There are no shortage of different ways to change the original stories to suit a wide variety of different tastes. This fractured version of Rapunzel is bound to capture the attention of readers who prefer action-oriented heroines rather than the original 'sit-back-and-wait-to-be-rescued' type. The touch of violence also makes this a version more similar in tone to the violence found in many of the original f ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love frairy tale retellings where the girls have gone from just sitting around waiting for their prince to saying, screw this, and saving themselves.

This is the case with this cute, short picture book. Rapunzel figures out not only how to over come the witch, and escape, but goes on to hunt and capture other witches and wizards that are causing harm to others.

Simple but bright drawings, kids should enjoy this, as well as adults, who are getting tired of the same old fairy tales.

Thanks to Netga
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very simple and brief retelling of the fairytale. The art, however, is amazing. It was the cover that drew me to this in the first place. The witches are body sized witch hats with arms and legs and the simple shapes will have children trying to copy the drawings with success. The story leaves out the prince and has Rapunzel make her own escape. Lovely!
Liz A-O
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorable, super fun, feminist retelling of Rapunzel. The art is great and fun. My 3 y/o daughter loves the story ("that witch is NOT very nice") and we love teaching her to be strong and awesome for her own sake. (Who needs princes??) Checked it out from the library, will be buying our own copy to keep. ...more
Alli Smith
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book would be good to read after learning about fairy tales and how story can be rewritten. This book is definitely for older students, in my opinion. They would have to understand the original to understand this good. The ending might also need to be explained because I can see it going over a lot of students' heads, however the ending is a bit violent if explained. ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fractured-fairytale girl power retelling of Rapunzel. With striking yellow, black, and gray gouache illustrations, Woollvin introduces a clever and fearless Rapunzel that will have young readers clamoring for more.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Again, a great feminist read in which the leading lady is decisive and completely self reliant. You go girls!
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ummmm....... YES. I never knew that what I needed most in the world was for Rapunzel to be her own hero, but Bethan Woollvin delivered.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating illustrations and a feisty Rapunzel who takes charge!

I really liked this and want to seek out Woollvin's other books.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the style and it’s a fun retelling - no princes!
I love the twist on an old favorite. This series has been consistently cheeky and charming with delightfully mischievous covers.
Megan (ReadingRover)
Wonderfully illustrated and empowering new take on the classic tale of Rapunzel. Really cute!
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This picture book provides the perfect example for young girls....Woollvin's wicked sense of humour is cleverly used to illustrate that girls don't need to be portray the helpless female who has to rely on being rescued by someone else. The power to do amazing things can be found in their own hands. I would recommend this to adults too! ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone loves a fairytale with a happily ever after ending. This tale will not disappoint, but it has a few different twists and turns along the way.

Rapunzel is confined to a lofty tower by a wicked witch who comes daily to visit her. She lets down her hair creating a natural ladder for the old woman to climb up into her prison. Once inside the witch brushes her golden locks until they shine brightly.

The old hag then snips fragments of her gleaming mane and sells them for her own profit. She s
Disclaimer: I won a F&G copy of this from a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks to Peachtree Publishers for the giveaway and supporting the Goodreads community.

I was pretty excited when I saw that Bethan Woollvin was was creating another fairy-tale story book, and I am happy to say that Rapunzel does not disappoint. The stripped-down palette, black outline art, and plucky female protaganist all return in this new book, which this time focuses on that strange and familiar story known as Rapunzel...

Yes, th
Kris Dersch
Honestly, kinda boring.
So I love the idea of a fairy tale where the princess rescues herself (spoiler alert!) But maybe the problem here is that Rapunzel is not the deepest fairy tale around and without the prince...not much left.
Even in picture book format, it seemed like there was room here for a *little* bit of backstory..I read this with my 4-year-old who doesn't know the original and he was like...what's going on? I'm left wondering, why does Rapunzel have a connection to this witch? Why d
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