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Books Based on Rapunzel | Fairy Tale Retellings

Updated on July 30, 2016

Looking for Fairy Tale Retellings of Rapunzel?

Are you fascinated by the story of Rapunzel? Do you want to read other books that are based on Rapunzel? If so, then you've come to the right hub. In this hub, you'll see a number of novels that are all based on the Fairy Tale of Rapunzel.

If you're looking for new stories to read, you can consider the novels listed here, which you might be interested in reading or adding to your collection or library of books.

Rapunzel Retellings

Rapunzel Untangled
Rapunzel Untangled

If you like the story of Rapunzel, you might be interested in hearing about different versions or retellings of this fairy tale story.

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett is a more modern retelling of the story of Rapunzel.

You can see more stories about Rapunzel featured below

 

More than just a list of books on Rapunzel?

Are you having a hard time looking for a list of books that is based on the story of Rapunzel? It seems that there isn't much information regarding this topic at all or perhaps the right keywords are just not being typed in the search engine's search bar?

If people are looking for specific kinds of novels (in this case, books based on Rapunzel) that they might consider reading and even buying, then they would surely prefer to see more than just a list that merely give the title and author of the books with maybe a few words that count as a description for some of the books.

This is why, in this hub, you'll definitely find more than just a list of books about Rapunzel.

You'll see what would hopefully count as an acceptable description of the books so you can get a little bit more insight about said novel, which should aid you in deciding whether the story is something that you would like to know more about or if it's something that just isn't your cup of tea.

Fairytale retellings: a short, but detailed list of books based on the story of Rapunzel
Fairytale retellings: a short, but detailed list of books based on the story of Rapunzel

Some information on the Rapunzel fairytale

Rapunzel is a German Fairy Tale written by the Brothers Grimm. However, the version written by the Brothers Grimm was actually an adaptation of the Fairy Tale entitled Persinette, which was written by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force.

This is the book cover of Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey for the Kindle Edition
This is the book cover of Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey for the Kindle Edition

List of books based on the Rapunzel Fairy Tale:

Below, you can see a list of Rapunzel-based novels.

Note, however, that this is just a short list, which contains the more well-known books on the category in question as well as those that can actually be easily found and bought.

It can be disappointing to see a book that one is interested in acquiring only to realize that this book is actually not available or cannot be found anywhere for a number of reasons.

Rest assured, all the books listed here can easily be found and obtained from Amazon.com, the well-known online shopping site.

Without further ado, here is the short list of Rapunzel-based books (in no particular order). For more information on these books, just read further below:

Golden by Cameron Dokey:

Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" (Once upon a Time)
Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" (Once upon a Time)

This is the paperback version of Golden, which is perfect if you need something to read without wanting to lug around heavy, hardbound books.

 

1. Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey

The Amazon products featured to the right are all Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey.

These two items are merely three different versions of the same book.

The first one is the Mass Market Paperback edition, which means the book you'll be getting will be in paperback format.

This is perfect if you want to easily carry around the novel or if you're planning to take it around with you.

The second one is the Kindle edition. This format is specifically for the Kindle e-book reader so if you have a Kindle and would like to read this book in your Kindle, then this is the format for you.

This is the book cover of Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey for the Mass Market Paperback Edition
This is the book cover of Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey for the Mass Market Paperback Edition

The author of this novel is Cameron Dokey. She wrote many other books including a number of other Fairy Tale retellings for the Once Upon A Time series of novels for Simon Pulse.

Golden got an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

Since this is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel, expect a lot of differences from the version of the Rapunzel Fairy Tale that you know.

But this just makes this novel even more appealing and potentially engrossing.

After all, what's the point of reading something in which you already know all the events that will happen in said story? But, since this is a Fairy Tale retelling, some parts will be similar to the original Rapunzel.

For instance, Rapunzel's birth mother still craves for the plant or herb known as rapunzel (in some Rapunzel versions, it's known as rampion). Her husband steals this plant from their neighbor, the sorceress Melisande (in other versions of the story, her name is Dame Gothel and she is an enchantress or a witch).

Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey for the Kindle Edition
Golden (A Retelling of Rapunzel) by Cameron Dokey for the Kindle Edition | Source

When the sorceress catches the man, they enter into an agreement wherein the man's pregnant wife can have as much rapunzel as she wants but, if the wife cannot love her unborn child (when she is born) just as she appears, then Melisande will be the one to raise said child as her own.

As it turns out, baby Rapunzel is born completely bald and her birth mother, who is completely horrified by this, just can't accept this fact so she gives bald Rapunzel to be raised by Melisande.

After 16 years of raising Rapunzel, Melisande reveals that she actually has a biological daughter named Rue, who was cursed by a wizard. Rue needs Rapunzel's help to break the curse. But it's not going to be easy since the two girls have to deal with the bitterness and envy that comes between them.

TANGLED - JR. NOVEL
TANGLED - JR. NOVEL

This paperback book retells the story of the Disney movie Tangled. It even includes illustrations by Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

2. Tangled (Novelization of the Disney movie)

Tangled is Disney's version of the Rapunzel Fairy Tale.

It's a movie but, as you can see from the item featured to the right, there are some books about Tangled. This is what is known as the novelization of the movie.

If you've already seen the movie, you might still be interested in reading about it. If you haven't seen the movie, then you might want to read about it first before seeing said book come to life by watching the movie.

The Tangled movie is also featured to the right if you would like to watch this movie or if you just want your own copy of said movie.

The Tangled book featured to the right is a novelization of the movie by Disney. The Tangled: The Junior Novelization (Disney Tangled). This was written by Irene Trimble and includes illustrations by Walt Disney Animation Studios. This is the paperback edition of this novel. It got an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

Tangled (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
Tangled (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

This version of the Tangled movie by Disney comes in 4 discs: Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. This one also includes 3 deleted scenes and 2 extended songs.

 

Tangled is based on the Fairy Tale of Rapunzel but there are many differences.

For starters, while Rapunzel still has her long, long golden hair, but, in this version, her hair is actually magical and it has healing properties including the power to make people young again.

This is all because of a magical golden flower, which had first been discovered by Mother Gothel.

Selfish Mother Gothel wanted to keep the discovery of the flower to herself so she could be young forever.

However, circumstances led to her losing the flower and the flower's magical properties transferring to baby Rapunzel's hair. This is the reason why Mother Gothel steals the baby away from her rightful parents and keeps her imprisoned in a tower where no one can find her.

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Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1) by Wendy Mass. This is the paperback editionTwice Upon a Time #1: Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair by Wendy Mass. This is the paperback edition
Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1) by Wendy Mass. This is the paperback edition
Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1) by Wendy Mass. This is the paperback edition
Twice Upon a Time #1: Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair by Wendy Mass. This is the paperback edition
Twice Upon a Time #1: Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair by Wendy Mass. This is the paperback edition

3. Rapunzel The One With All The Hair (Twice Upon A Time #1) by Wendy Mass

Both items featured to the right are the same, only differing in their book cover so choose the image cover that you prefer.

The first one is Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1) while the second one is Twice Upon a Time #1: Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair.

Both of these items come in the paperback edition.

However, the second item also has a Kindle edition, which you can access by selecting the proper tab in the book's Amazon product page.

The first novel got an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing) while the second one got an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

This book was written by Wendy Mass. This is the first book in the Twice Upon A Time series. This book can be said to be a he said / she said type of story. It features two different sides of the story, that of Rapunzel's and her prince, who, in this novel, is called Prince Benjamin.

Rapunzel The One With All The Hair (Twice Upon A Time #1):

Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1)
Rapunzel, the One With all the Hair (Twice Upon a Time #1)

This book is different from the usual Rapunzel retellings in that you get 2 different points of views - that of Rapunzel herself and her prince

 

Both Rapunzel and Prince Benjamin are having really bad days though their problems aren't exactly the same.

For Rapunzel, she's been stolen away by a witch and is now stuck in a tower. She also has to worry about possibly having a ghost as a roommate. On top of that, she laments the fact that she doesn't even have a decent hair brush.

As for Prince Benjamin, he's currently stuck in a castle, having to deal with what members of his family want him to be. To be more kingly is what his father wants from him while his mother doesn't want him to ever leave her sight.

On the other hand, his cousin just seems to want to get him into a lot of trouble, possibly even with trolls.

As you can see, both Rapunzel and Prince Benjamin are very much trapped though in entirely different ways Of course, you can expect their paths to cross and this is where things get even more enjoyable and fun.

Into The Wild Paperback Edition

Into the Wild
Into the Wild

This particular Rapunzel retelling is different in that, in this version, Rapunzel actually has a daughter and we get to follow her exciting and interesting adventures. Of course, we'll still be seeing a lot of Rapunzel since a retelling won't be complete without her

 

4. Into The Wild by Sarah Beth Durst

The item featured to the right is the paperback edition of Into The Wild by Sarah Beth Durst. There's also a Kindle edition of this novel for those who prefer reading books on their e-book readers.

Into The Wild got an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing).

This is a really different and unique take on the story of Rapunzel and it even features many other Fairy Tale characters.

This is a fun and refreshing read that really puts a new spin to things. In this story, Rapunzel has a daughter named Julie. They live a normal life (or at least, they're trying to) in the "real" world, specifically in Massachusetts. However, all is not exactly well. There's this thing called The Wild, which is a Fairy Tale world. This was where Rapunzel and other Fairy Tale characters existed and lived before they all escaped into the real world. Now Rapunzel is tasked with keeping The Wild hidden as well as making sure it doesn't escape and cause trouble. She keeps The Wild hidden under Julie's bed.

Julie isn't all that fond of having The Wild under her bed. It causes her much trouble by eating her jeans and sneakers whenever it wants to. Of course, you can expect that The Wild will somehow be set free and it will wreak havoc in the world as it attempts to transform it into a Fairy Tale.

The old Fairy Tale characters are trapped in their old roles before escaping The Wild while the other people are imprisoned in whichever role best suits them. Now it's up to Julie to be the heroine and be the one to save everyone from The Wild including her mother Rapunzel and her grandmother Gothel. This book even has a sequel, which is entitled Out Of The Wild, also by Sarah Beth Durst.

Melisande Paperback Edition

Melisande
Melisande

This book is beautifully illustrated. One thing that makes this story different from the usual Rapunzel retellings is that it's actually a mixture of the Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel fairy tales, which makes it even more interesting

 

5. Melisande by E. Nesbit (author) & P.J. Lynch (illustrator)

The item featured to the right is the paperback edition of Melisande by E. Nesbit (author) & P.J. Lynch (illustrator).

This book is wonderfully and beautifully illustrated. You can find elements of the Rapunzel Fairy Tale in this story.

But you can also find elements of the story of Sleeping Beauty in this book. The main character in this story is named Melisande, who is a princess.

When she was born, instead of having fairies as her godparents, her own mother and father, the King and Queen, became her godfather and godmother, respectively. The Queen wanted to have a christening party. The King was against this though for fear of forgetting to invite a fairy to the party and having this cause trouble for them. As such, they thought it best not to invite any fairies and just be the godparents to their daughter.

Of course what happened was that all the fairies got offended at not having been invited to Princess Melisande's christening. One of the fairies, the wicked and evil Malevola, cursed the princess to be bald. The baldness doesn't last though as Melisande later on wishes for her hair to grow. Her hair does grow but it soon causes problems.

Letters From Rapunzel Hardcover Edition

Letters from Rapunzel
Letters from Rapunzel

This story also has a Library Binding Edition. This is very different from the usual Rapunzel retelling because it isn't exactly a fairy tale and it's actually set in the real world with some elements of the Rapunzel story thrown in, but it still makes for an interesting read

 

6. Letters From Rapunzel by Sara Lewis Holmes

Letters From Rapunzel by Sara Lewis Holmes is a very intriguing and wonderful story. It contains elements and allusions to the story of Rapunzel though it isn't exactly a Fairy Tale in that the novel is set in the real world.

This book is actually the winner of the Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest. It got an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from Amazon (as of this writing). In fact, if you look at the customer reviews of this book on Amazon, you'll see that it only got either 4 or 5-star ratings (as of this writing).

The main character is Cadence Brogan. She sees and calls herself Rapunzel, likening the story of her life to that of the Fairy Tale in question.

She is trapped and alone and feeling abandoned, though it's not in a tower like Rapunzel but rather in the Homework Club, which takes place after school. She even refers to the teacher in charge of the club as the Wicked Witch (the one that trapped and imprisoned Rapunzel in the tower).

Cadence's father, Aaron Brogan, actually has clinical depression but she refers to it as the Evil Spell. She seeks to break this spell and rescue her father. After finding out about the existence of Box #5667, Cadence starts writing letters to its unknown owner in the hopes of finding a way to rescue her father from the clutches of the Evil Spell.

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Conclusion:

These are just some of the books that are based on the Fairy Tale of Rapunzel or are Rapunzel retellings. There are many other novels out there that match the aforementioned criteria.

This short but detailed list contains much more than the title of the book and its author. It also has a bit more information than that, which would help you decide if you want to acquire the story or not.

Furthermore, you can actually read a few sample pages from all of these books. You can do that by checking out the Amazon product page for the item in question. The cover of the book will have the words "look inside", located in the upper right side. Just select the book cover and you can then see some pages from the novel, which would help you get a feel of the book and see if you might want to read further.

Sources:

  • en.wikipedia.org - for some of the information on the Rapunzel Fairy Tale

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      @DDE - thanks for the comment. Rapunzel is a good and interesting story. For those that have read the fairy tale many times already, maybe they might like to look into the many other Rapunzel retellings or books based on Rapunzel for a new or fresh perspective on said fairy tale.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Rapunzel was one of my favorite stories and had read the story many times

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      @LauraAmsel - thanks for the comment. Yeah, it is a good Fairy Tale and there are a lot of books based on this story for all those that love Rapunzel.

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      Laura Amsel 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      I love the story of Rapunzel! It's one of my favorites.