'Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel's way'. As the prince rides past Rapunzel's tower, he hears the sound of a damsel in distress - Rapunzel's beautiful hair has lost its shine! The prince, convinced that she is in need of his help, sets out to save her in the traditional way, but this is no ordinary princess! She throws down ...
'Once upon a bad hair day, a prince rode up Rapunzel's way'. As the prince rides past Rapunzel's tower, he hears the sound of a damsel in distress - Rapunzel's beautiful hair has lost its shine! The prince, convinced that she is in need of his help, sets out to save her in the traditional way, but this is no ordinary princess! She throws down everything except her curly locks - including a surprise that makes all his dreams come true. This is a hilarious tale of how misunderstandings can lead to 'happily ever after'.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-01-05 "Once upon a bad hair day,/ A prince rode up Rapunzel's way," opens Wilcox's debut book, offering a slight if agreeably silly take on the classic tale. In rhymed couplets of varying cleverness, the author relates a tale of miscommunication. The prince hears Rapunzel's whine (she is "upset her hair had lost its shine") and mistakes it for a plea (after which he "sallied forth to set her free"). The misunderstandings mount: when the royal asks her to throw down her hair, the heroine instead tosses him gaily colored underwear; a request for her "curly locks" brings a deluge of dirty socks; and hearing that he wants some twine, she heaves out her "blue-ribbon swine." Monks (The Cat Barked?) conveys the addled antics in whimsical art, rendered in an engaging mix of acrylic paint, collage and colored pencil. Among the kid-tickling images is a view of the stunned prince covered with pancake batter (which comes flying out of the tower when he asks if the lass has a ladder). Many youngsters may giggle at the wordplay (as well as the concluding twist), but the joke is pretty much a one-noter. Ages 4-9. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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