Another Caldecott winner by Paul Zelinsky, creator of Rumpelstiltskin and The Wheels on the Bus, Rapunzel provides a vibrant retelling of the classic tale with illustrations that look like they were painted by Fra Angelico. (We actually had a chance to see some of Zelinsky’s original paintings for Rapunzel in a Caldecott exhibit earlier this year, and they are truly gorgeous, both in person and in print.) While I am sure it helps that the main character looks quite a bit like James’ beloved babysitter, he seems completely captivated each time we read this book – and considerably less frightened than with Rumpelstiltskin. (The witch, after all, isn’t so bad a stepmother, aside from that whole business about locking Rapunzel in a tower & climbing up her hair.) This edition of the tale is worth a look for the art alone, but there’s also a reason the story has endured for centuries. It’s a good read. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on August 18, 2010.

One Response to “Rapunzel”

  1. […] Paul Zelinsky‘s Hansel and Gretel uses the same formula as his Caldecott-winning Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin: classic fairy tale + luminous paintings = one beautiful book. […]

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