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Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Delightful, lively Chinese twist on Rapunzel tale.

Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu book cover: Chinese princess with long swirling black braids stirs a bowl full of tofu and sauce with a tall Chinese tower in the background

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In this lively, engaging rewrite of the Rapunzel story, the long-haired princess takes control of her destiny and follows her foodie passion instead of parents' expectations. Changing the setting from Europe to China and putting the focus on Pu Zel's love of food and cooking offers all sorts of possibilities for talented illustrator Crystal Kung. There's so much personality in each character and so much action on each page, reading the colorful picture book feels almost like watching an animated film. And Ying Chang Compestine's masterful storytelling maintains a great pace of action, conflict, and resolution. Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu is a fun adventure steeped in Chinese culture and cuisine.

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