Published in: 2006
Genre: fantasy, fairytale, romance
Book #: 19 in the Once Upon A Time Fairytales series
This is the retelling of the fairytale Rapunzel, the one about the girl with the long golden hair stuck in a tower. The story has an interesting twist though, Rapunzel is bald. Completely bald. Her parents bargained with a sorceress Melisande, who ends up caring for Rapunzel as her parents could not. Melisande did this bargain to help save her own daughter Rue, who is stuck in a tower with a terrible curse, for which Melisande needs somebody else to try and break, as she cannot break it herself.
I could never really recall the details of the story of Rapunzel apart from the long hair, stuck in a tower, and the whole ‘Rapunzel Rapunzel, let down your hair” part, which the prince then climbs up and somehow saves her. So this story expanded on what was the most basic of understandings of this fairytale, and it was pretty damn good. Rapunzel has a pretty bad hand dealt to her, completely bald with no hope of growing hair, parents unable to love her so she is raised by a sorceress, and for the pure fact that she may be able to break the curse of Rue, who basically hates her.
It was interesting, a good re-telling of the story with a nice little twist. I kept wondering how on earth Rapunzel would sprout hair and end up in a tower, if Rue was the one in the tower and Rapunzel was bald? How would the whole story come around to this main focal point that most people will be able to identify as the story.
Golden rating: 9/10. Very good indeed, I always enjoy fairytales and a retelling is just brilliant, especially when it is as clever as this is.
Would I re-read it? Yeah I would. I really am looking forward to actually reading this to my fairy-god-niece when she’s older. It seems like a story that I could quite easily read to a young child, and being as it is a fairytale but respun, it’s something that would appeal to her as well as to me.
Who would I recommend it to? See above! So yeah, it’s something that would appeal to mothers with youngish daughters, it’s something they could both read together and enjoy. It would also appeal to anyone who enjoys fairytales, it can be enjoyed by really any age group as it isn’t explicit or too, for lack of a better term, dumbed down for a younger audience.