Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Escaping from the enchanted tree where Mother Gothel imprisoned her, Rapunzel sets off alone through the ghost towns and Badlands of Gothel’s Reach. She is determined to find Gothel’s Villa and teach Mother Gothel a long-overdue lesson for her years of treachery and lies, and help her real mother get out of the mine camps where Mother Gothel has kept her enslaved.

Rapunzel’s adventures take her across a country much akin to the Wild Wild West, where she is soon wanted – dead or alive – for horse thieving, kidnapping, jail breaking and using her hair in a manner other than nature intended!

In this highly original take on the familiar story of Rapunzel, Shannon and Dean Hale introduce us to a feisty and dynamic heroine and Nathan Hale’s illustrations offer a striking visual feast, ensuring this is a truly unforgettable reading experience.

I’m a huge fan of Shannon Hale. I’ve read all her novels and loved them all. I figured to be a true fan I better take the plunge and read her graphic novels to say I’ve read all her books. I admit to being skeptical about graphic novels. My children have read and enjoyed Rapunzel’s Revenge but it really didn’t interest me.

Since I had some free time yesterday and was looking for a quick read that I could finish in an afternoon I picked up Rapunzel’s Revenge. I’m delighted to report that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Shannon Hale came up with an original take on Rapunzel and wove several fairy tales together to make a very entertaining read. Pictures that tell a story, lots of humor and a great ending make this a book worth reading. I’m still not completely converted to the graphic novel genre but I will be picking up the sequel Calamity Jack the next time I’m at the library.

Content: A clean read

Rating: 4 Stars