Posted on February 10, 2011 by thereadingzone
I loved Shannon and Dean Hale’s (and the incomparable Dean Hale- no-relation’s illustrations) Rapunzel’s Revenge. See my review here.
Calamity Jack is the rip-roaring sequel to the first graphic novel and is so.much.fun! Tweens will gobble this one up, as it appeals to boys and girls. A retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk”, the Hales have rewritten the story with a steampunk twist. This time Jack takes the reins, and he and Rapunzel are headed back to his hometown to settle a few financial issues. But when they get there Jack learns that a few things have changed since he ran away. The “giant” tycoons have taken over and the city is dirty, gritty, and full of thieves. Have no fear, though- Jack and Rapunzel are here to save the day!
Hand this one to graphic novel lovers, fairy tale retelling lovers, and adventure lovers. The illustrations are gorgeous, the dialogue will have you laughing out loud, and the story is perfect. Highly recommended for middle school libraries!
*review copy courtesy of the publisher
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Posted on August 1, 2008 by thereadingzone
Congratulations to Shannon and Dean Hale! Today, Al Roker announced that Rapunzel’s Revenge is the newest pick for Al’s Book Club for Kids! How exciting is that? It is wonderful to see a national media outlet embracing graphic novels this way. Hopefully, this will legitimize graphic novels for some of those parents who just don’t want to believe that “comic books” are legitimate novels.
I loved Rapunzel’s Revenge- check out my review of it here. More importantly, my students just ate it up. Boys and girls alike loved the book and were passing it around before school ended. They will be thrilled to hear that thanks to Al Roker, the book’s publication date has been moved up and it is on sale now!
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Posted on May 25, 2008 by thereadingzone
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!
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