Unlike the unwed maiden Rapunzel portrayed in soft-hued and dreamy drawings, Exhausted Rapunzel is married with three boys. Her life is a masterpiece of high-key action. Its luster shines through egg tempura splashed onto walls by a creative baby at breakfast. Older boys' doodles reflect soccer, baseball, and hockey gear around the house. This book presents a colorful atmosphere of hopes, dreams, and shocking contrasts of reality. Its beauty is not the landscape, but the foreground gestures, intensity, and light from within real people at home. These characters are mixing it up every day, the parents at times feeling glazed over by the craziness of three healthy, inquisitive boys. Not to mention the dog depicted as he is in real life, a companion with unusual depth of feeling--for an animal, that is. Entering this masterpiece etches memories on the reader's mind, mosaics of realistic, not cartoon, life--a blend of hectic and surprising life shaded just right by love.