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Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  7,481 ratings  ·  674 reviews
Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain future.

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Paperback, 179 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse
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Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fairy tale suckers I mean... lovers of course!
I wanted to hug this book literally when I was done. Perfect . Exactly what a true fairy tale should be. I'm seriously thinking about reading ALL Rapunzel retellings to see if there is one out there that can do it better than Dokey.

Rapunzel is bald. What? Yeah I didn't think I could get on board with this but it worked. The sorceress isn't evil and Rapunzel doesn't end up with a prince per say. So some major changes. Unlike last time (with Sunlight and Shadow)the length didn't hurt the book.

Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is an amazing retelling of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel. For you see, in this story the roles are reversed. Rapunzel is bald and lives with her stepmother who is actually a nice person, and her stepmother also has the gift to see into other people's hearts. I personally can not call her a witch, because she never seemed to be one to me. Anyhow, I do not want to give too many spoilers for this enchanting book. You will just have to see how the role of Rapunzel is reversed when you read t ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-2019
This short, lovely adaptation just leapt to the top of my list in this series. It’s an original, well-developed twist on the classic tale and the ending is fantastic! The heroine is not the princess in the tower, but rather, a strong, intelligent woman who isn’t afraid to let her voice be heard. Admittedly, there isn’t much Grimm here and no real villains per say but I honestly feel that the heroine’s personality and strength redeem the bubble-gum sweet story that I otherwise would have scoffed ...more
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara, Ash
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I have no real complaints about this book. It is the most satisfying book I've read of the series so far (I've read 3 of them just so you know).

Rapunzel starts off by telling us that the tale we have grown up with about her is inaccurate and she precedes to tell us the real story. The story sure has its differences: Rapunzel is bald, the sorceress is good, a prince is involved but isn't the only one to take credit in saving Rapuzel, and Rapunzel doesn't get stuck in a tower until near the last q
May 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I would really give this 2 1/2 stars if I could. I was really enjoying the first half. I liked the depth that the Rapunzel story had been given and loved the character of Rapunzel. However, once it got the second half with the enchanted tower and the witch's daughter, Rue, it started to fall apart for me.
Rue was supposedly locked in the tower until someone, besides her mother, came along that truly loved her. The witch has always thought Rapunzel would be the one to break
God  O'Wax
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of this book, but I didn't really like the book itself. Mostly, my problem came from the writing style which was overly complicated to no end. It basically felt to me that the author took a story of no more than 50 pages and whipped it up into a longer tale by making the sentences more convoluted and long winded than necessary. AS for the story itself, I liked the original premise, but I felt it wasn't developed correctly...the first half and the second half felt like entirely d ...more
Anne Osterlund
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rapunzel is, well, perhaps not what you’d expect. As bald as an egg, raised by a sorceress, and actually not the most polite young lady ever to pull all the carrots out of a garden. But she does have the ability to see the truth. And into the hearts of almost everyone.

Except herself.

And maybe that of the tinker’s boy who insists upon calling her Parsley.

Quite a bit of fun and a surprisingly radical tale for one so often stuck up in a tower.
Rapunzel is my favorite fairy-tale, so you can imagine my skepticism learning the Rapunzel in this version has no hair. Absolutely none at all. But I was charmed by the author’s way with words, and by the end, she had me with her version of this story (even if I loved it for very different reasons than I love the original tale). I read the whole thing in about an hour and a half. It’s not very long, but it packs a nice little punch. Well worth the effort.

There are other changes to the tale, bot
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect retelling of a story. I loved the alternate twist and the reason for it.
Everyone knows the girl in the tower with the long, long golden hair, but no one knows the Rapunzel of this story. Why? Because there is another girl.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
"I am not your true love," I said. "You just met me not five minutes ago." ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I'm giving this an extra 0.5 star on Goodreads, however, because this novel is quite dear to me. I don't know how many times I've read this ever since I got hold of it way back in 2010 (the purchase of it was utterly random, though; who would have thought that I would love it this much?).

Have you ever read a book wherein, once you dissect its elements, you realize how, to say the least, awful it is on many levels? How it sometimes doesn't seem to make the slightest sense, how the plo
This was my first try at reading a book based on an old fairy tail, in this case, Rapunzel. I am most definitely hooked, and it won't be my last. I would have read this book in one sitting had life not gotten in the way (don't you hate when that happens!).

Melisande is a very powerful sorceress deep in the forest. Before Rapunzel was born, her mother made a pact with Melisande that if she had a baby she just couldn't love, Melisande would raise her. When Rapunzel was born, her mother looked down
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really, really good!
I liked where the author went with the original story and how it ended.
Recommend it to the children and younglings for the engaging little story and meaningful little messages. ;)
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
By Cameron Dokey
Completed 12- 29-13

A retelling of Rapunzel.
3.5 stars

The premise of the story is interesting. We have a bald Rapunzel being raised like a daughter to a sorceress. For a while there is nothing about hair or a tower or a prince. And it quickly convinced me that Rapunzel would never grow hair. So how is this a retelling of the famous story?

I also found it very intriguing that the sorceress’s gift was to see into the hearts of others, and she could reflect that heart back to the
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SUMMARY: Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain future.

After sixteen years of raising Rapunzel as her own child, Melisande reveals that she has another daughter, Rue, who was cursed by a wizard yea
Janus the Erudite Artist
I can point out a lot of good things about this book. For one, it definitely took after the original tale of Rapunzel but giving it a rather surprising twist. When we hear “Rapunzel” we immediately think EXTREMELY LONG BLONDE HAIR. But with Dokey’s Golden, we find our heroine BALD. Yup, you read it right; Rapunzel is B-A-L-D. I absolutely loved the idea. It was so fresh and the story of how she ended up with the sorceress was cunning.

Another thing I was fond of was Rapunzel herself. She’s spunky
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
I found this story to be engaging even though it would not be the type of story i would pick up on my own. I liked that Dokey gave a twist to the "classic" tale of Repunzel. I liked the character of the original Repunzel, she was a spunky girl. Her relationship with Harry reminds me of my relationship with my husband because we are both very sarcastic and very proud people. I liked the interactions between Rue and Repunzel, they bickered as if they were truly sisters. However, I did not like the ...more
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a very original take on the classic fairy-tale of Rapunzel. Instead of the sorceress being an evil old women who locks Rapunzel up in a tower until she's saved by the prince, it's COMPLETELY different.
Quick Overview: Rapunzel is born completely bald, the one stuck in a tower is the sorceress's daughter Rue, who is not put there by the sorceress, and the prince doesn't technically save anyone from a tower. The sorceress finds Rapunzal's father stealing rapunzel(of course) from her garde
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, ya-fantasy
Golden is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel but with a few twists and turns along the way. For one thing, Rapunzel is born bald and she is not trapped in a tower but someone else is. Rue, the sorceress' daughter, is trapped in a tower and she is the owner of long roped locks of golden hair. Rue does need Rapunzel's help however to be freed from the tower that imprisons her.
I feel that this story was well told and is an interesting interpretation. Young adult readers will like it because it i
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fairy tale fans
Have I ever mentioned how much I love fairy tales?

Golden is a beautifully done retelling of Rapunzel. Melisande the sorceress catches a man stealing an herb, rapunzel (parsely), from her garden because his pregnant wife has a craving. The mother, although beautiful, is selfish and is unable to love her newborn daughter because the girl was born completely bald. Melisande adopts the girl, who remains bald. When Rapunzel is 16, she learns that Melisande has a daughter who is trapped in a tower as
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 11+
I picked this up as a quick read at the library thinking that it'd be one of those books you read and toss and ended up actually REALLY liking it! The plot line moves along at a great steady pace. The characters are refreshingly original and I love the twist on the story! I almost wish there was a sequel to it so we could see what happens to everyone after the end of the story! Unfortunately my library doesn't have any other books by this author or I'd have picked up another! ...more
Jennifer (DigiWrit)
THIS IS A SPINOFF, not a retelling. Rapunzel isn't the maiden in the tower, but a miserably cursed girl destined to be bald for life. Why? Oh, some wizard had a temper tantrum with the sorceress--who is NOT the villain here, but Rapunzel's mother figure. The book is boring, bland and long-winded with doggone stupid insta-love that makes Disney romances look like stalled engagements.

After I complete Once, I'm done with Dokey. She does retellings horribly. A true retelling maintains the CORE story
Erin Grey
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best version of Rapunzel I've ever read. Raw, relevant, and powerful. A touching take on familial love, abandonment, and the human fear of differences. ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Originally posted at Rachael Turns Pages *

I fell in love with the story of Rapunzel from my very first encounter with the story when I saw Barbie as Rapunzel to Disney's Tangled. I was excited to read Golden for the specific reason that it was a Rapunzel retelling. I fell in love with Cameron's Dokey's changes to the story.

As it turns out Rapunzel's mother has a heart made of stone and can make no room in her heart for Rapunzel. Her mother has hair that is long and beautiful, but Rapunzel is b
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Well, I would probably rate this two and a half stars. I was a little disappointed with the ending, especially since I found the beginning fairly enthralling. I was annoyed through out the whole book by the fact that Rapunzel was, get this, completely and totally bald this completely miffed me. And it also bothered me how Rapunzel was just a stepping stone for the whole story. It's all "oh Rapunzel even though your the main character you have a completely pointless part in the whole entire book, ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
[close:] In older versions of the classic tale Rapunzel, it always seemed improbable that a grown man could scale a tower using only his beloved's hair. Not so in Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott Medal-winning version of Rapunzel. Here, Rapunzel's reddish-blonde mane is thick with waves and braids, and cascades like a waterfall down the walls of her isolation tower. In Zelinsky's able hands it's easy to believe that a prince would harbor no hesitations about scrambling up our fair heroine's hair.
Linda Dexheimer
Cameron Dokey did a fantastic job re-telling the traditional fairy tale, Rapunzel. The main character of the story is Rapunzel, a girl named after a type of parsley. The story begins when Rapunzel's father is caught stealing rapunzel (parsley) from the sorceress' garden for his pregnant wife. The sorceress, Melisande, tells them that if the mother doesn't have enough room in her heart for her child, that she will take the child. Rapunzel's mother is a beautiful and vain woman and when Rapunzel i ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this retelling of Rapunzel. Last semester I took the course the Art of the Children's Book and wrote a paper comparing three different versions of the classic tale of Rapunzel, therefore, I was very interested in reading this. While the three versions stories and illustrations all varied slightly, overall, they were very similar. Golden, on the other hand, had a great twist. I loved the fact that in this rendering, Rapunzel is completely bald. Dokey takes away the most well know ...more
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Emily Eastman
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really wish they had half stars because if they did this book would have a 4 1/2. It's a great story that I very much enjoyed but not quite a 5 star sort of story. A great spin on a classic story. There isn't much I can critize but the lack of feeling. It needed something more to be perfect more detail more feeling and more written about when Rue's heart finally opens. More needs to be written about Rapunzel (Rue) and Susan (Rapunzel)'s love. I wish Rapunzel wouldn't be such a counter person a ...more
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