Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb
I must admit that I usually mentally shrug when new versions of classic fairy tales are released. There are so many versions out there, that it takes something special to get my attention. Well, Gibb’s new Rapunzel is special indeed. She takes the classic story and simplifies it without losing any of the romance or drama of the original. There are no parts of the story that will be missed, somehow she edited and simplified without any loss of plot points. That alone is rather brilliantly done.
But then add in the remarkable illustrations that are delicate, romantic and simply lovely. They create a world that readers are happy to enter and to linger in. They include small details that are very engaging. I found myself looking at tiny details with the book up close to my face, just absorbed by the world Gibbs created in this book. The illustrations move from pink and rosy to dark and mysterious, even threatening. Gibbs uses colors very effectively as well as silhouettes. Just when readers get used to the silhouette illustrations, you turn the page for an airy illustration of Rapunzel’s tower. Turn the page again, and you are journeying through an amazing forest with the prince. It’s a world that embraces, changes, and creates such moods.
Highly recommended. If you are going to read one new version of a fairy tale this year, choose this one. Remarkable. Appropriate for ages 5-8, and older romantics.
Reviewed from library copy.
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