Thursday, August 9, 2012

[BOOK REVIEW] Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Title:  Rapunzel's Revenge

Authors:  Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Artist: Nathan Hale

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / Western

Year Published: 2008

Year Read: 2010

Series: Rapunzel's Revenge #1

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 6+ (Some Fighting Scenes)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

“Rapunzel’s Revenge” is an awesome retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale “Rapunzel” by Shannon and Dean Hale along with illustrations by Nathan Hale (no relation). “Rapunzel’s Revenge” is a brilliant tale of adventure and romance that both children and adults will enjoy for centuries!

Shannon and Dean Hale has done a great job with writing their first graphic novel together and they make the story both exciting and dramatic at the same time. Shannon and Dean Hale had brilliantly retold the story in a western spoof of the classic Brothers Grimm tale as Rapunzel seems to be more of a western heroine than the typical damsel in distress than she was in the original Brothers Grimm story. Nathan Hale’s illustrations are realistic and rough looking as Rapunzel and Jack look like they have rough looking faces but are still attractive to look at. Nathan Hale’s illustrations of the buildings in the town are brilliantly creative as they look like something that comes out western shows like “The Rifleman” as they look a bit old fashioned but beautiful at the same time.

“Rapunzel’s Revenge” is one of the greatest fairy tale retellings of all time as it is full of action and adventure that both adults and children will enjoy immensely. I would recommend this book to children ages six and up since smaller children might not understand about the fairy tale parody theme of this story.

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