Things I adore about Bethan Woollvin's Rapunzel:
1. There is no prince (only a delightfully chubby forest pony).
2. Heaps of deadpan humor in both text and illustration.
3. HILARIOUS witch underpants.
Woollvin is firmly establishing herself as the Angela Carter of picture books--her playful, subversive take on fairy tales is both empowering and deliciously offbeat. More, please!
— Hannah DeCamp
This humorous retelling of the classic fairy tale spins a delightful, girl power twist, from New York Times Best Illustrated Book-winner Bethan Woollvin.
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 up her sleeve, and she's not afraid to use them.
With sly humor and striking illustrations, author-illustrator Beth Woollvin, creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Little Red, replaces the typical damsel in distress with a brave, smart, and creative girl.
About the Author
Bethan Woollvin graduated from the Cambridge School of Art with a First Class Degree in Illustration. She has since made a name for herself with dark and witty twists on traditional stories. Her fractured fairy tale, Little Red, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. Bethan lives in England.
"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
"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
"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