Rapunzel


Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
Category: Themes: Fairy Tales
From New York Times Best Illustrated Book-winner Bethan Woollvin comes a delightful, laugh-out-loud retelling of the classic fairy tale “Rapunzel.”  
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  • ISBN: 9781682630037
  • Publication date: 10/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-4/5" x 9-4/5"
  • Age Range: 5-9
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  • ISBN: 9781682632796
  • Publication date: 04/01/2021
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-4/5" x 9-4/5"
  • Age Range: 5-9
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  • Age Range: 5-9
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  • Age Range: 5-9
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  • Age Range: 5-9
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Description

From New York Times Best Illustrated Book-winner Bethan Woollvin comes a delightful, laugh-out-loud retelling of the classic fairy tale “Rapunzel.”

“It’s about time that Rapunzel saved herself…Thanks to Woollvin, readers may grow up thinking this just-wicked-enough retelling is the classic one; if they ever stumble across versions with the prince, they may wonder why he was thought necessary.” —Publishers Weekly

Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. Under the threat of a witch’s fearsome curse, the poor girl seems doomed to a life in captivity. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she! Rapunzel has a few tricks (and friends) up her sleeve and she’s not afraid to use them.

With irreverent humor and striking illustrations, author-illustrator Beth Woollvin, creator of Little Red and Bo the Brave, puts a brave, female-empowerment twist on the classic story of a helpless damsel in distress.

Author/Illustrator

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Bethan Woollvin

Illustrator

Bethan Woollvin is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art, where she won the prestigious Macmillan Children’s Book Competition with her version of Little Red Riding Hood. It was her first picture book. She lives in England.

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Reviews

“It’s about time that Rapunzel saved herself, and in Woollvin’s sly follow-up to 2016’s Little Red, she does exactly that…. Thanks to Woollvin, readers may grow up thinking this just-wicked-enough retelling is the classic one; if they ever stumble across versions with the prince, they may wonder why he was thought necessary.” —Publishers Weekly

“The blocky gouache illustrations in gray and black, strategically accented with yellow…heighten the timbre, suggesting both deviousness and joy…. Empowerment in leaps and bounds.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Utilizing simple, bold strokes of yellow, black, and gray inks, Woollvin expressively fills each page with eye-catching details that will bring readers back for another look. Fans of her Little Red (2016) will enjoy this latest feisty and intelligent heroine.” —Booklist

“Children will adore Rapunzel and cheer her victory over evil personified. A perfect length for storytime and those seeking fairy tale variants.” —School Library Journal

“Woollvin (Little Red, rev. 3/16) offers another wryly comic rewrite of a Grimms favorite, updating it with a can-do, self-rescuing heroine… Bold, graphic illustrations…capture the fusion of modern and traditional elements and offer sly tidbits of humor.”  —The Horn Book Magazine

“Pockets of eye-popping aureolin rivaling the brightest of yellow hues add to the black and grayscale to bring warmth and humor to the dark woods with a distinctive, quirky signature style as Rapunzel fearlessly rallies to her own rescue.” —Foreword Reviews

Awards

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2017

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2018

Resources

Resources: Activity Kit, Crafts, Teacher's Guide, Videos & Trailers

Teacher’s Guide
Bethan Woollvin Activity Kit
Paper Dolls

More Details

AR Level: 2.6
F&P: K, Gr 2, Genre TL
Lexile: 620L
Themes: Bravery, Empowerment, Ingenuity, Rapunzel
BISAC 1: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
BISAC 2: JUV037000 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
BISAC 3: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women

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