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|Hooray for women!|
Author: Williams, Marcia
Discover and cheer the accomplishments of more than seventy amazing women from all over the world and throughout history.
School Library Journal (08/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 In her familiar comic-strip style, Williams introduces an array of women, from Cleopatra (69–30 BCE) to Malala Yousafzai and other contemporary figures, such as Mae C. Jemison, the first Black woman to travel to space; Indigenous Australian Olympic track champion Cathy Freeman; and Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. In between, there are more than 60 notable women featured, including Elizabeth I, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frida Kahlo, with a detailed two-page spread dedicated to each subject. Williams has mastered the technique of providing plenty of information in nugget-size chunks and adds insights through her amusing cartoon illustrations, laid out in comics-style panels complete with dialogue that enlivens the learning. Never one to waste space, Williams uses the margins for extra factoids, and the back matter, too, is illustrated and contains information on even more women. The small but bright cartoons will attract new readers, while her many fans will be pleased, once more, to travel through history with her. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2019 Gr 3–6—Williams's latest nonfiction work celebrates real women throughout history, bridging actual events with a kid-friendly, graphic novel format. Done in watercolors and ink, the comic biographies of each woman are arranged in chronological order, from Cleopatra VII to Malala Yousafzai. Each comic strip recounts the life of their subject, what they accomplished, and how they have inspired others. The graphic novel artwork for each biography matches the style for each person: the first block names the woman, the years they were alive, and an inspiring quote from them. Each story is framed by cute animals and modern children commenting what was happening in the story or stating facts about each figure. There are 16 biographies of women, each with a length of two pages, making this an easy and quick read for young minds. The back matter has a multitude of mini-bios followed by a "Dear Reader" note and ending with a thorough index. While the choice to frame the comic with children and animals and to include their commentary in the margin is cute and adds depth to each biography, it sometimes makes the page overwhelming to view. And because everything is displayed in such a small space, the font appears equally small. VERDICT Children who enjoy reading the "Who Was?" series or are interested in comic-style novels will enjoy this book and could use it as a resource in school.–Hilary Tufo, Columbus Metropolitan Library-Reynoldsburg - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.