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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite
You probably remember Rapunzel, the little girl whose father gave her to a witch, who put her in a tower. Rapunzel had super strong long hair that the witch used to climb into and out of this tower. Then, in the original tale, a prince climbs her hair and rescues her. Not in this story. Ready for Rescue by Katie Pye, illustrated by Anastasia Belik is an original fractured fairy tale version with a moral. Yes, the prince shows up. Yes, he climbs her hair. But not before the witch plays a trick on him. And Rapunzel isn’t the sweet obedient beauty queen of the original either. The story actually sides with the witch.
I’ve loved fractured fairy tales ever since I saw my first Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Ready for Rescue by Katie Pye, charmingly illustrated by Anastasia Belik starts out with a non-traditional Rapunzel and a non-traditional witch. Rapunzel goes into teenaged rebellion. The witch tries tough-love. And the prince is an easy fool for the witch’s prank. The art here is lots of fun with lollypops and twigs stuck in Rapunzel’s hair. And the prince with a map, hunting for the kidnapped baby. The plot leads up to the point of the title: if you want to be rescued, you have to be ready. The story ends with a cliff hanger. The book sends the reader to a website to discover how it ends. I never did find out if Rapunzel gets rescued or rescues herself. But I found that this website features a completely delightful fractured fairy tale about Humpty Dumpty.