Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin
  

Rapunzel

Written by Bethan Woollvin
Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

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Bethan Woollvin follows up her eye-catching debut Little Red with another visually captivating and refreshing retelling of a much-loved fairy tale. With her swathe of bright yellow hair, Rapunzel stands out against the black, white and grey of Woollvin’s palette, and our sense of her personality is just as vivid: was Rapnuzel frightened by the witch, asks the text? ‘Oh no, not she!’ comes the repeated reply. Indeed, Rapunzel finds a way out of her tower prison and is soon planning a permanent escape from the witch. The text is short and the illustrations equally minimal, but both pack a real punch; Woollvin knows just how to tell a story. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

Golden-haired princess Rapunzel is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beautiful hair and sells them for her own profit. Can Rapunzel ever figure out a way to escape?

From creator of Little Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2016, comes another witty twist on a favourite fairy tale. This bold and funny story removes the handsome prince altogether, making Rapunzel the mistress of her own destiny. Printed with stunning pantone inks, Bethan Woollvin's unique and striking art style and drily comic voice make this the perfect gift for fairy tale fans of all ages.

Reviews

Praise for Little Red:

Bethan Woollvin's version [of Little Red Riding Hood] has a far darker ending - and I loved it. The talented illustrator and writer has taken a childhood niggle as her premise for this bold feminist version of the story: would our caped heroine really have been taken in by a wolf in a bad grandma disguise? ... I won't spoil the ending but let's just say Little Red wraps it up nicely (and warmly) and it has my three year old son thrilled at every read, begging for more. The Times

A talent to watch Daily Mail

Woollvin is a striking new talent with strong retro style illustrations and a simple, witty text. Angels & Urchins

This is my book of the year so far ... Woollvin is a striking new talent with strong retro style illustrations and a simple, witty text. Angels & Urchins A unique interpretation of the classic fairytale, shot through with dark humour and a stunning, bold graphic style. This brave girl not only defeats her foe, she wears the wolfskin home too. The Bookseller

A joy to read ... An impressive debut picture book from an exciting new talent. BookTrust

Its strong lines and bold colours are excitingly modern New Statesman

A bold (both graphically and narratively) reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Little Red is truly subversive in that it subverts the concept of victimhood with a deliciously dark twist. Huffington Post

Ingeniously minimalist The New York Times

About the Author

Bethan Woollvin

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 London.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Bethan Woollvin
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Author's Website

www.bethanwoollvin.com/

Publisher

Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

15th June 2017

ISBN

9781509842674

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