Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale and Nathan Hale (Bloomsbury, 2008)

In this extremely entertaining retelling of Rapunzel, the titular character is a feisty, take-no-prisoners girl who uses her extraordinarily-long braids as whips, lassos, and ropes. Together with her new friend, the roguish Jack, she sets out to battle the evil witch, Mother Gothel, whose crimes include terrorizing the landscape, enslaving the locals, and imprisoning Rapunzel in a magic tree for years. Along the way, they’ll battle all sorts of ruffians and dangers, become the best of friends, and maybe even find Rapunzel’s real mother. Skillfully told by Shannon and Dean Hale, Rapunzel’s Revenge is a graphic novel brilliantly illustrated and brought to life by Nathan Hale, making for a lovely, pseudo-Wild West version of an classic fairy tale. This is not to be missed.

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