Reviews for Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs : A Maynard Moose Tale


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
"So the eight or nine seven dwarfs see Punzel in the duck pond..." This fractured fairy tale, narrated by a moose, features a fabricated dialect that may prove difficult for young readers (though the folksy "Piney Woods English" may enliven storytimes). Cartoonish digital illustrations underscore the labored silliness. A CD performance of the text with music is included. Glos. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 March #1
Continuing efforts to find a two-legged audience for the woodland tales of Maynard Moose, veteran yarnspinner Claflin follows up The Uglified Ducky (2008) with another "distremely" hilarious mashup. Related in moose dialect, the tale has young Punzel cutting off her "goldie" locks after they become "all full of sticks and twigs and little nastified wudgies of glop" and then tangle hopelessly in the bushes during her flight from a witchy hair stylist. With help from "eight or nine seven dwarfs" with names like Clumsy, Hyper, Grizelda and Ambidexterous, she escapes for a while but eventually falls victim to the witch's poisoned watermelon. Her glass coffin becomes a tourist-magnet centerpiece for a dwarf-run amusement park until the clumsy Handsome Prince comes riding along on a snow-white moose to fall onto the coffin and wake her. Using dark backdrops that brighten the colors of the blocky figures in the foreground, Stimson places the escapade in a traditional medieval setting. He endows the fugitive damsel with oversized spectacles and slips in droll details like Japanese tourists visiting a "Punzeldog" stand at the roadside attraction. In the end, Punzel falls for the moose, the Prince marries the witch and all "lived happily for never afterwords." Moral? "[T]here ain't no moral," the antlered narrator concludes. Plenty of belly laughs, though. Packaged with a recorded version delivered in a Bullwinkle-ish lisp. (glossary) (Fractured fairy tale. 8-11) 
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Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 August/September
This engaging romp, a new Maynard Moose tale, happily revisits the story of Punzel and eight or nine of her seven dwarfs (Cheerful, Tearful, Hyper, Ambidextrous, Bewildered, . . .). The meandering plot tells how poor tower-imprisoned Punzel is accidently slingshot into a pond due to the considerable girth of her would-be prince savior. Rescued by the dwarfs, she goes into hiding but is tracked down by the evil witch who is cunningly disguised as a rhinoceros, and who tricks Punzel into eating poisoned watermelon. Punzel is reunited with the prince, who comes riding in on his snow-white moose. The prince marries the witch, the eight or nine seven dwarfs go back to their mines, and all ends well. Droll, whimsical illustrations effectively complement the text, and an enclosed CD features author and storyteller Claflin reciting the tale. The additional premise that this is an original Mother Moose tale, with moose grammar and idioms intact, adds to the fun. Audiences will enjoy both read ng and listening to this silly retelling, whether it is presented as part of a unit on fairytales or as a stand-alone. Kathleen McBroom, Coordinator Compensatory Education and School Improvement, Dearborn (Michigan) Public Schools. RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 February #4

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.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

K-Gr 4--In this fractured version of two classic tales, reset in the Northern Piney Woods of Maine, Punzel, "with long, long goldie hair," is locked in a tower by a witch to keep her hair from dragging on the dirty ground and getting muck in it. A well-meaning but very heavy Prince tries to rescue her; instead he vaults her into a duck pond where she meets "eight or nine seven dwarfs." The rest of the book is a mash-up of "Rapunzel," "Snow White," and "Sleeping Beauty" with the dwarves creating a "Sleeping Punzel Museum." But in the end, she gets her prince...sort of. The story is told in "old Moose Speech" with words such as "filthified" and "glop" scattered throughout the book. A helpful glossary of "moose words" is included at the beginning. The fractured English may not be helpful for children learning to read, but it will be entertaining in its pure silliness. A CD of Claflin's humorous narration keeps the story lively. Stimson's digital artwork is funny and has little details that children can pore over.--Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT

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