Falling for Rapunzel
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|Format:||Paperback, 32 pages|
|Other Information: ||chiefly col. Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 05 January 2006|
'Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel's way'. As the prince rides past Rapunzel's tower, he hears the sound of a damsel in distress - Rapunzel's beautiful hair has lost its shine! The prince, convinced that she is in need of his help, sets out to save her in the traditional way, but this is no ordinary princess! She throws down everything except her curly locks - including a surprise that makes all his dreams come true. This is a hilarious tale of how misunderstandings can lead to 'happily ever after'.
About the Author
Lydia Monks, a prize-winning illustrator, has written and illustrated many books for children, including Mad Dog McGraw and Esmerelda. Her style has instant appeal and has been called "hip, upbeat and friendly" and "Zippy, witty and endearingly goofy". This is her first collaboration with Leah Wilcox. Leah Wilcox lives in central Oregon in the US with her husband and four children. This is her first book.
"Once upon a bad hair day,/ A prince rode up Rapunzel's way," opens Wilcox's debut book, offering a slight if agreeably silly take on the classic tale. In rhymed couplets of varying cleverness, the author relates a tale of miscommunication. The prince hears Rapunzel's whine (she is "upset her hair had lost its shine") and mistakes it for a plea (after which he "sallied forth to set her free"). The misunderstandings mount: when the royal asks her to throw down her hair, the heroine instead tosses him gaily colored underwear; a request for her "curly locks" brings a deluge of dirty socks; and hearing that he wants some twine, she heaves out her "blue-ribbon swine." Monks (The Cat Barked?) conveys the addled antics in whimsical art, rendered in an engaging mix of acrylic paint, collage and colored pencil. Among the kid-tickling images is a view of the stunned prince covered with pancake batter (which comes flying out of the tower when he asks if the lass has a ladder). Many youngsters may giggle at the wordplay (as well as the concluding twist), but the joke is pretty much a one-noter. Ages 4-9. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
K-Gr 4-This humorous twist on a traditional tale will resonate with today's young readers. Told in rhyming couplets, this version features a protagonist who weeps, not from loneliness, but rather over the sorry state of her flowing blond locks. The prince, mistaking her tears for legitimate suffering, is determined to set her free and invites her to throw down her hair. Rapunzel, however, mishears his request and throws down her underwear instead. The persistent noble tries a variety of other tactics, asking for her locks, tresses, rope, twine, and ladder, each time growing less enamored as she responds with socks, dresses, a cantaloupe, a swine, and a bowl of pancake batter. Finally, he begs her to let down her braid, but instead out drops her maid, a fortuitous mistake since the servant and the prince fall madly in love and ride off together. The verses are clever and concise, and the rhyming pattern allows listeners to anticipate their endings and to giggle over the results. The rhythm is consistent and the stresses in each line flow naturally, inspiring would-be poets. Monks's delightful acrylic-and-collage illustrations add to the humor. Their bright, vivacious colors, bold patterns, fun background details (e.g., skyscrapers, airplanes, and a computer in Rapunzel's tower), and exaggerated facial expressions reinforce the silliness. Pair this with David Wiesner's The Three Pigs (Clarion, 2001) and Diane Stanley's Goldie and the Three Bears (HarperCollins, 2003) for a fresh look at classic fairy tales.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Puffin Books|
|Dimensions: ||29.0 x 15.0 x 0.0 centimeters (0.16 kg)|