Sarah Gibb’s elegant artwork brings Grimms’ classic tale alive in this exquisite picture book re-telling that no child’s library should be without.
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair!"
Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince passing by on his horse is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animal friends, and knows he must reach her…
Can true love transform Rapunzel's life for ever?
Praise for The Princess Who Had No Kingdom:
‘If you’re going to enter the rococo Neverland of poor-but-deserving princesses searching for Mr Right among assorted prince Wrongs, you might as well do it with the skill and aplomb of Ursula Jones and Sarah Gibb.’ Financial Times
‘An old-fashioned, romantic fairy tale with Crabtree and Evelyn decorative elegance, detailed silhouettes, and bronze gilding. Such outstanding prettiness with substance is rare, but this will win any girlie heart.’ Sunday Times
About the author
Sarah Gibb studied Graphic Design at St Martins and then did an MA in Sequential Illustration at the University of Brighton. She illustrates the incredibly popular children’s fiction series, The Tiara Club, and novels such as The Nanny Diaries. As well as illustrating books, Sarah works on greetings cards and packaging for clients including Crabtree and Evelyn, Marks and Spencer and Harrods. She lives in London with her husband and young son
This retelling of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale hews closely to the original including the scary part about the prince being blinded in his fall from the tower and the couple's tearful reunion: "Rapunzel was horrified to see how badly hurt he was and she wept to see his poor eyes." British illustrator Gibb's retro-style artwork observes sentimental convention, too. Romantics will thrill to the flowers woven through Rapunzel's blond tresses, the delicate greenery hanging from her aerie, and the intricate, silhouetted details of the fixtures in cutaway views of various dwellings. Rapunzel (whose dimensions are those of a fashion model) wanders through the forest like Disney's Snow White, dressed in gauzy pink garments and surrounded by deer, birds, and rabbits. The story does make a shift in emphasis that young readers will appreciate, pointing up the help given to the runaway couple by the forest animals, weaving them into Rapunzel's happily-ever-after with the prince: "very now and then they would slip away... to spend a sunny afternoon with the forest creatures friends they would never forget." An unapologetically frilly diversion. All ages.