I actually finished reading this a few weeks ago, but didn’t get around to blogging it until now. It’s a children’s book, written by Shannon and Dean Hale (married) and illustrated by Nathan Hale (no relation). The art is pretty sophisticated for the genre–I’d put it on par with adult graphic novels.
Overall, I really liked the story–making Rapunzel a tomboy heroine was a nice twist (no pun intended)–but I did roll my eyes about halfway through, when the narrative turned into a video game. Seriously. Random NPCs pop up to ask Rapunzel and her companion Jack to help them by completing various quests, for which they get some information or other kind of reward.
This device is known in the Turkey City Lexicon as “plot coupons,” and I suppose it’s good enough for a younger audience, but still. I feel like the authors could have done better.