Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale

Willy Claflin, illus. by James Stimson, August House/Little Folk (NBN, dist.), $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-87483-914-2
The collaborators of The Uglified Ducky offer another story in that fractured tradition. Storyteller Maynard Moose amplifies the silliness of this hybrid tale with snippets of moose dialect, translated in a glossary. When a witch can't find a way to keep Punzel's hair clean (it has become "distremely filthified—all full of sticks and twigs and little nastified wudgies of glop"), she locks the girl in a tower. In a contrivance pulled off more amusingly in Leah Wilcox's Falling for Rapunzel (Putnam, 2003), Punzel misunderstands the prince's request that she let down her hair and first throws down a pear and chair. When Punzel finally hears right, the "chubbified" prince's heft catapults the girl out the window when he tries to climb her tresses. Landing in a pond, she's rescued by "eight or nine seven dwarfs," but more problems await. Stimson's quirky digital art has a comedic exaggeration that's in keeping with the hyperbolic text. The prose, intentionally shot through with malapropisms and bad grammar, won't be for everyone, but fans should find it a perky read-aloud. Audio CD included. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/28/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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