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Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  76 reviews
"Once upon a time, a long, long time ago..." So begins the story of... Rapunzel?... and The Seven, or Eight, or NINE Dwarfs?!? Hey, what's going on here??? Welcome to the slightly off-track world of Maynard Moose and the ancient Mother Moose tales. Willy Claflin channels and translates these tales for our entertainment and enlightenment--or maybe just to confuse us. Rapunz ...more
Hardcover, with audio CD, 36 pages
Published April 16th 2011 by August House
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Mariah Roze
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is HILARIOUS!!! I highly suggest this picture book. At a teacher's staff meeting we read this book and everyone was cracking up!

Apr 28, 2017 added it
Shelves: children-s
Sending out a big smile to my GoodReads friend, Mariah, for rating and recommending this book. When I read Mariah's review I knew this a book for the kid in me. Rapunzel is my all-time favorite fairy-tale and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs comes in the running so how could I resist.

I loved this blend of two loved tales told by our narrator, Maynard Moose to Willy Claflin the author. It is not only bubbling funny, the illustrations provided by James Stimson enhance it creatively. It is definite
Prabhjot Kaur
I ordered this because I love fairytale-retellings and I especially love the fairytale-retellings with unorthodox stories to educate today's girls to be self-sufficient and kind and smart and intelligent and not to rely upon a knight in shining armor. I mean there's nothing wrong to rely if that's what you wanna do but it is also good to rely upon yourself first and foremost.

This was a kind of funny story with made up words that I enjoyed some parts of but not much else.

3 stars
La Coccinelle
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I don't know how to rate this! On the one hand, I don't really condone fractured English and made-up words in children's picture books. On the other hand, the book is highly entertaining (especially when you listen to the audio).

This book is available with an accompanying CD (or, in the case of the e-book, accompanying narration) so readers can listen to Maynard Moose tell the story in his distinctive voice. That's the best way to experience this one, and I would definitely not recommend simply
Dr. Laurie
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This was one of those books where it looks like something I would like but it just didn't work for me. The supposedly clever premise just seemed awkward instead of funny and entertaining. ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
A very silly story. I read it to my six year old. It actually does not read very easily off the tongue because sounds like a six year old wrote it. But fun reading anyway.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Get the audio CD for these books. The narrator is great.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ugh, I hated this book and finished it out of spite to leave a bad review. Disgusting baby-talk bad grammar ruins what could have been a cute, funny book. Books are for teaching good spelling and grammar, not reinforcing the bad! Sheesh.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious!! So fun to read!
Ashley Nolen
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wish I could give it more stars! I loved the story but damn the writing. It was terrible! I was trying to read it to my daughter and had to keep stopping because I couldn’t figure out the words!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I am typically very hesitant to post a review that is more negative. I realize that different people have different thoughts about what is great and what is not. However, I was surprised by this book. It is a twist on the Rapunzel story. I think I was most bothered by the text that appeared by be intentionally written in grammatically poor English. There is a place for that when done well and with a purpose but this didn't seem to meet either of those criteria. ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I will give it two stars for the witty storyline. However, the incorrect grammar/spelling was horrendously distracting for me, and to be honest... I did not understand the point of it.
Meredith B
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Willy Claflin takes the traditional tale of Rapunzel and turns it into a humorous parody. I read this book on Epic!

Told from the point of view of a moose, the story follows the protagonist, Rapunzel, as she tries to manage her long golden hair. Claflin cleverly blends in elements from other traditional stories such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Much of the humor is injected through the narration of the moose, including made-up words like "filthified" and "unconshable". The illustrations ar
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This is another Maynard Moose series story with a twisted version of a fairy tale about Rapunzel ("Punzel") and the eight or nine "seven dwarfs." I listened to the CD version & read along in the book with my g'littles. They laughed at the silly language and twisted version of the story. It was cute.....but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. It was pretty funny that the "story teller" couldn't seem to come up with a moral for the story....and I liked his conclusion that sometimes there just isn't ...more
Emily Roberts
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I don’t know how I feel about this book. The twisted/combined fairytale was cute and clever. But the grammar was so hard to overlook! I get that it’s supposed to be some form of Moose language, but it’s like a mix of broken English and baby talk and I just don’t care for it. However, I only had access to the book itself and not the CD, so perhaps the audio would make it better. But I’m still not crazy about the idea of a book containing poor grammar, even with the intention being comedic effect, ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm only giving it 4 stars because I still don't understand why the witch attempted to kill Rapunzel after helping her in the beginning of the story. I know it's just a children's book, but I am not a fan of antagonists being used as a plot device. Other than that, this was such a cute take on a "mashed" fairy-tale. ...more
Colene Hardy
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My entire family loves listening to Willy Claflin read his stories as Maynard Moose. He is hilarious; we cannot get enough. This one is especially funny for me - Rapunzels crazy long hair WOULD be filthy. Warning - I do not think reading this would be nearly as good as listening to the author tell it himself.
The only thing I can definitively say that I liked was the artwork.

I see where they were trying to go with this but it just didn't work for me. I'm not a fan of bad grammar or made up words. Some books can pull it off, but this one couldn't.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is just okay to me. It didn't really capture my attention or draw me in, but it was still an interesting take on two classic fairytales. ...more
Trisha Hintermeister
Hilarious and cute

My kids love this book. Even now, as teenagers. I run a daycare and this book is being purchased for my center.
Shahd Rdawi
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That was so funny storytelling story =D
Cute drawings, but I can't get past the writing with bad grammar etc, even though it's intentional. ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
Funny little story
Dushan Hanuska
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! My kids love it so much we keep reading it, and listening to it over and over again.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A humorous fractured fairy tale as told by a moose, Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs brings together the stories of Rapunzel, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty into a single fable. Its unique voice is indicated before the story proper with explanations of Moose-talk in the "hoof notes," but some of these words (such as the use of the term "incarceration" to mean "incarnation") may confuse kids when they come across them in the future. I found it to be quite a funny read. ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing!! <3
Ms.  Nigeria Parker
Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I couldn't, I tried, but..omg. ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of laughs from my kids when we listened to this one!
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kiddo
This is a favorite of ours and we read/listen to it often. It is a silly story that always makes us both laugh. The illustrations of wonderful and the narration is spot on too!
Frances Coe
Bizarre, silly and fun! Read this as a “read along” audio book from my local library’s app. Which is pretty nifty as you can download an audio, children’s book which turns the pages and also highlights the word being read as you move through the pages. Obviously nothing like reading an actual book, but considering this was my first ever tech book I am trying to keep an open mind!Whilst books with actual pages you can turn and feel will,still be my preference, I think this made a nice addition an ...more
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