Book Review: Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale

Book Review - Middle Grade Graphic Novel - Rapunzels Revenge by Shannon and Dean HaleWill someone please tell me what’s NOT to love about Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale? Then again, don’t, because I’d probably poke you in the eye and kick you out of my house!

This is my first foray into the graphic novel genre, an adventure precipitated by two main factors: The Year of Reading Dangerously challenge, and that fact that I love anything and everything having to do with Shannon Hale. I didn’t exactly know what to expect from a graphic novel. To be honest, I guess I might have expected it to be more “cartoon-y” and lacking a true story. Rapunzel’s Revenge, though, is FULL of story – and a witty, clever, action-packed story at that!

Hale and Hale (and Hale, though the illustrator is of no relation) have taken elements from familiar fairy tales and unexpectedly brought them into the landscape of the wild west. The result is an incredibly fun and charming read. I burned right through the book, and so did each of my daughters, just in the space of two days! They’ve all agreed that this is a book we need to buy for our own library.

I asked my 12 year old daughter to do a guest review here for Rapunzel’s Revenge. She was hesitant at first, and even ended the review in the Word document with a tentative “Is this ok, Mom?” I think she did a great job, and I hope she goes further in convincing you of our enthusiasm for this fantastic graphic novel.

Shannon and Dean Hale’s book, ‘Rapunzels Revenge’, is a twist on the famous tale written by the Grimm Brothers. Rapunzel grew up all her life with Gothel as her mother. One day she finds out that Gothel isn’t her real mother, her real mother was a slave in the slave mines. Rapunzel gets mad and Gothel locks her into a huge hollow tree. Food grows inside the tree and water is provided that always replenishes because Gothel has growth power. Around her sixteenth birthday, she escapes and is determined to rescue her real mother. In order to find out more, you need to read the book. 😉

I really liked this book. It is very adventurous, and the artwork was pretty cool. I liked the personalities of the characters. Rapunzel wasn’t a prim and proper princess who waited in the tower for someone to save her, she found a way out on her own. She is a very independent person that can do things on her own but is not tuned into the outside world. Jack was very witty. He had a unique personality about him and cared very much for Rapunzel. Seeing them bicker reminded me of how brother and sister tease one another. Gothel was a very distinguished villain by her looks to her tone that the book gave her. She was just bound for trouble. Rapunzel’s mother, which we don’t have the pleasure of knowing her name, is very protective over Rapunzel and doesn’t want her to go away. She is very patient though, and waits for her like a good mother would do.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, a little romance, and a nice twist on old fairy tales that we all grew up with.


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  • bermudaonion

    Excellent review! It looks like you have a very smart daughter.

  • Laza

    It is just too cool that your daughter wrote a review. It is so good too! Do I read another book blogger in the making?!? 🙂

    I’m definitely adding this to my TBR. Can I also suggest checking out my graphic novel challenge blog? You totally don’t have to join, but there are some great books being listed by participants and even titles appropriate for kids/teens. Nancy Drew even has her own graphic novel series now!

  • Dani in NC

    I have this book on hold at my local library. Can’t wait to get it in my hands!

  • Jen

    I just requested it from the library, sounds good! Thanks for the review!

  • erin sheely

    I have heard nothing but great things about this book…it’s one of my TRBs!

  • Smash

    You know, I’m just not sure I can wrap my head around a graphic novel. Maybe it’s a mental block. When I’m ready, I’ll definitely give this a shot, though! it sounds great!

  • Jeanette

    I’ve only read one Shannon Hale book and have been meaning to read more. I’ve seen mostly good reviews on this with the exception of some people not liking the illustrations. I will have to check it out soon(ish). 🙂
    I love that you had your daughter write a review. It was excellent!

  • Dani in NC

    I told you I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and now I am glad that I ordered it. All four of my kids read it this past week, even my reluctant reader. I guess it’s my turn now :-).