I have to admit- I am not a graphic novel reader. Sure, I will read one, but it’s never my first choice. I think it’s because I read so fast and I tend to skip the pictures to get to the words, and then I have to go back to the pictures. It just slows down my normal reading pace. However, I was absolutely thrilled when I received an ARC of Rapunzel’s Revenge from the publisher. I read it in one sitting last night and can not wait to pass it on to my students. What a phenomenal story!
First, let’s begin with the size. The ARC is 7 1/2 x 10 7/8. It’s bigger than your average book and it serves the illustrations well. Nathan Hale’s (no relation to the authors) illustrations are just gorgeous. I am not a “picture person” when it comes to books, hence my tendency to avoid graphic novels. However, Nathan Hale forced me to linger over each and every panel! The illustrations are beautiful and there is just so much going on in every one!
As for the story, WOW! First of all, I so admire people who can co-write. I can barely manage to write on my own, and coupled with the fact that I am a control freak, I can’t imagine writing with someone. However, Shannon and Dean have crafted a fantastic fairy tale re-telling of Rapunzel’s story. A much, much better story than the first time around! The story is in direct contradiction to the original in many parts, but that’s what makes it so great. Rapunzel is strong, witty, and smart. No damsels in distress in this fairy tale! The world she lives in is a mix of the Wild West and a fairy tale world. Sounds crazy, right? It works. And it works great!
This is going to be the perfect graphic novel for reluctant readers, fairy tale lovers, readers who love fairy tale retellings, and anyone who loves books that make you laugh out loud. I can not wait to pass this one onto my students. I can already foresee the fight that will break out over who gets to read it first. And second. And third. And so on!