Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rapunzel - a bookwrap

To-day's book is a hair-raising experience for a beautiful young girl who is trapped in a high, secluded tower forever... or is she?  



Created by Bethan Woollvin
Ages 3-7

Unwrapping some awesome illustrations...

About the book...

Everyone loves a fairytale with a happily ever after ending.  This tale will not disappoint, but it has a few different twists and turns along the way.

Rapunzel is confined to a lofty tower by a wicked witch who comes daily to visit her.  She lets down her hair creating a natural ladder for the old woman to climb up into her prison. Once inside the witch brushes her golden locks until they shine brightly.  

The old hag then snips fragments of her gleaming mane and sells them for her own profit.  She severely warns the girl that no visitors are ever allowed to come there and that Rapunzel will always be her prisoner.  But Rapunzel creates ideas of escaping that are very creative and empowering.  Does this girl needs a handsome prince to come rescue her and zoom her into his kingdom as his Queen?  No way,  not this brave girl.  She hatches a plan and carries it through.  She can do it all on her own,  thank you very much.

This book makes Rapunzel the heroine and the sole reason for her escape.  It focuses on girl power and the fact that girls are able to think things through and carry things off themselves.  The illustrations could stand alone but enrich the narrative on every page.  Fairy tale lovers, both young and old, will truly enjoy this bold and heartwarming tale.  

Storywraps rating -  5 HUGS +++!!!!!

About the author/illustrator...

Bethan Woollvin won The Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2014 for her classy, bold interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. It was a startlingly confident debut which caught the imagination of everyone who saw it. The eldest in a family of ten children, Bethan understands well what appeals to a variety of age groups, and all her work exudes a natural dry wit and charm. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class Degree in Illustration in 2015 and now lives in Brighton.

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