Review! Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

21 Apr

groundedGrounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel
By Megan Morrison
384 pages (hardcover) – ages 9+
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on April 28, 2015

Synopsis- Rapunzel lived in a tower, and she had everything she wanted. Witch gave it to her. Witch loved her. And Rapunzel was happy. That is, until a boy climbs her tower and claims that they’ve met. Even weirder, they met… Yesterday. But how is that possible? Rapunzel would have remembered. So, Rapunzel decides he’s lying. Yet somehow, he has her handkerchief. Could what he say be… true? Then, he steals a rose and runs off. What choice does Rapunzel have? She follows him. And thus begins the adventure of a lifetime.

What I Thought- This was a great book. I like how it explains that Rapunzel has no hard feelings towards the Witch – after all, Witch did raise her. I often thought that about the Rapunzel story – she sees the Witch as her mom but then again she’s been her prisoner – very weird situation… I digress. Ms. Morrison has written a wonderful book about so much more than the Rapunzel story. The story is full of adventure, and a slightly wacky world. The story is filled with humor, the right amount of tension and a plot line that keeps the reader interested. I found it funny how all of the countries were named, based on colors – nice detail. Rapunzel is a great character, kind of single-minded and gullible, but that is explainable (she was raised in a tower afterall). The book plays on questions that the original Rapunzel fairytale created like “Why would Rapunzel want to be kidnapped from her home?” or “Why was Rapunzel’s father so idiotic to trade his only daughter for a piece of food?”. Things like that. 🙂 The book very funny, and will have you rolling on the floor! Based on this book, I’d be happy to read more from Ms. Morrison.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

24 Responses to “Review! Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison”

  1. sallyodgers April 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    It’s always odd when story-people are brought up in isolation. There’s no internet or encyclopaedia, so how do they know their situation is “different”?

    Sally O


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks April 26, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      And all of Rapunzel’s books are stories about her, and are full of fake (but manipulative) details. It’s hard for her to realize what is REALLY going on. 🙂


  2. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews April 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    Rapunzel’s story sounds weird, and very odd, but if you liked it, it must be good. I’ll check it out.


  3. Brenda April 21, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    I’m glad to hear Grounded answered some questions for you about Rapunzel. I think subconsciously I’ve always had questions about her too. Nice review, I look forward to reading it.


  4. Genevieve Petrillo April 22, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    My brain is a lot like Rapunzel’s. I often forget what happened yesterday, too. And if someone runs, I chase them! Mom should’ve named me Rapunzel…

    Love and licks,


  5. Joanna April 22, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    I like clever twists and how she likes Witch! Almost 400 pages, that is pretty long.


  6. heylookawriterfellow April 22, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    This book has been everywhere lately. I’m gonna have to pick this up.


  7. Lauri Meyers April 22, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Sounds like a fun take on ye olde fairy tale!


  8. julie rowan zoch April 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Sweet cover art too!


  9. Darlene April 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    I love reading about what happened to some of our favourite characters. Sounds like fun!!


  10. Catherine Johnson April 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Ooh I love the sound of this and we love the movie Tangled. Great review, Erik!


  11. Penny Parker Klostermann April 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

    I read the ARC and couldn’t agree more!!! Love it and can’t wait for more! Great review, Erik!


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