Hale, Dean & Shannon (authors) and Hale, Nathan (illustrator) (2008). Rapunzel’s Revenge. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN-13: 978-1-59990-288-3
Annotation: In this adaptation of “Rapunzel,” the heroine rescues herself, then wields her hair lassos and whips to rescue the rest of the country from the witch who has everyone under her power.
Reaction: Rapunzel’s Revenge is a fun retelling, featuring a strong-willed, independent Rapunzel who isn’t going to wait around for her prince to come find her. She is strong and confident and ready to take on the world, which makes her a great role model for tweens who are going through a rough transistionary time.
The protagonists are drawn in vivid colors, setting them off most of the other characters, who are drawn predominately in shades of brown, which is a testament to the hard lives they lead trying to eke out a living from land that is increasingly barren thanks to Gothel’s strict rule. Panels of the story are evenly laid out and keep the story flowing smoothly. After growing up in the Southwest, I love the deserty setting, and the rough Western movie vibe that most of the supporting characters bring to the story.
This book was included on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving vote for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”
Media Used: Drawn with ink on bristol board, and was colored in Photoshop using a Cintiq display.