How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour

How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

Written by Wendy Meddour
Illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown Petrie

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Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown put a clever twist on the Rapunzel story in this excellent picturebook. Rapunzel sits alone and fed up at the top of her tower block. Her friends urge her to let down her hair but she won’t – and she totally ignores the prince! Eventually, her friends climb up to see her, cook her some supper and hand over her post, which includes a job offer from the library. Thoroughly cheered, Rapunzel embraces her new life! So, the story concludes, don’t just wait for your prince to show, and there’s more to life than growing hair. A wonderfully positive and empowering message for everyone!

~ Andrea Reece


How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour

With the wind in his hair, and blowing his hooter, Along came the prince on the back of a scooter.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please let down your hair!

Called the prince from down on the bottom stair...

But Rapunzel just sat - As still as a wall;

She didn't think much of the prince at all.

Rapunzel sits on the sixteenth floor of an inner city block, bored, dreaming and looking out at the rain. No one can rouse her from her apathy, not the milkman or the postman or the baker or her aunt - or even the prince. But when at last a letter is delivered, it contains news that has Rapunzel on her feet again. She has a new job at the library! And suddenly her life is busy, sparkling, exciting and stimulating. For despite her long hair and her ravishing looks, she loved nothing better than reading good books!


'How refreshing to have a girl in a story whose fate lies within her own hands. A brilliant picture book.’ Malorie Blackman, Children’s Laureate

'Exuberant illustrations and quirkly humorous rhyming couplets tell a tale of a girl whose fate lies in her own hands, rather than Prince Charming's... adults are bond to love this as much as the children they are reading it to.' EYE

From the first time we read it it has become one of my daughter 's favourites and she asks me to read it to her every day, partly because she loves the illustrations and partly because of the interactions that take place in the book and the way that the story develops. Juno

This really is a fabulous book, which manages to deal with some very current themes, and show a great deal of diversity too, while remaining utterly charming and child-friendly. Definitely one that will enchant all ages. Armadillo

'It does what is says on the tin, in what the Americans call a fractured fairy tale beautifully illustrated by a debut artist Rebecca Ashdown. Mary Hoffman Bookbrunch

Sick of Disney princes and the happy ever after myth? Then this is the book for you! Making librarians everywhere smile a little wider this is a fun fairy tale, re-told. The Book Bag This is how every fairy tale should be written, with the protagonist - regardless of gender - saving themselves from a life of solitude and boredom. The rhymes are peppered with repetition making them fun to read aloud and easy for young readers to remember. The bright, colourful illustrations are superb, filled with endless details that tell stories of their own. A great read. Booktrust

About the Author

Wendy Meddour

Wendy spent many years teaching English at Oxford University before taking a break from academia to concentrate on her writing.

Wendy has previously written and illustrated two books: The Black Cat Detectives and A Hen in the Wardrobe, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Branford Boase Award. It also won the Islamic Foundation’s International Writing Competition and the John C Lawrence Award 2010 - a national award given to a writer whose work is considered to improve relations between races.

She finds that with a farm in North Africa, a ‘wobbly old house’ in Wiltshire where she writes and paints, her four young children and a Berber husband, she’s never short on inspiration. She is also the author of the bestselling Wendy Quill books.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

6th August 2015




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