illus. by Bethan Woollvin. 32p. Peachtree. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781682630037.
K-Gr 3— Rapunzel is a spunky girl with hair made of gold. The witch who climbs her tresses daily, steals some to sell and threatens a terrible curse if Rapunzel should ever leave the tower where she's kept captive. (At this juncture, readers find a hilarious picture of an irate frog with long yellow hair.) But this clever girl realizes that if the witch can get into the tower via her hair, she can use it to get out. After befriending a horse—not a prince—in the forest at the foot of her tower, Rapunzel formulates a plan to escape both the witch and her curse. The resolution is a bit violent, but not nearly as much as the original fairy tale, and it's more empowering. Woollvin's first book, Little Red , introduced readers to her quirky, folkloric black, white, and gray illustrations enlivened by a single, startling primary color on the heroine.
VERDICT Children will adore Rapunzel and cheer her victory over evil personified. A perfect length for storytime and those seeking fairy tale variants.

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