Book Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, written by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli

Available now in bookshops nationwide.

cv_good_night_stories_for_rebel_girls“Again, again!” demanded the six year old.

“Again, again!” agreed the ten year old.

On a particularly fractious evening we sat down to dinner and to redirect the overtired children I decided to start ‘Stories with dinner.’ Stories with dinner (much like ‘Stories at bath time’) has become an instant hit. This is was rather helped by the book that I read: the stories of 100 extraordinary women through history and across cultures in fairy tale form. The stories are accompanied by a quote and a modern comic-graphic images, with dozens of woman artists across the world contributing images.

The authors conceived the idea for the book and it was supported by a very successful Kickstarter campaign. The aim was to present a book that inspires girls to dream big.

There is a real range of women through time and across cultures. I was taken aback at how unfamiliar I was with nearly two thirds of the people featured – sobering when you read their contributions to society. How have I not heard of them? Including young girls I think is particularly clever – my girls were very, very interested in the achievements of children. There is some competition between them to add their own story in the allocated ‘my story’ section at the back!

The stories are a brief overview of these women’s stories – as such they tend to skim over some details – however, they provide an introduction and opportunity to learn more. The fairy tale structure makes it very readable – but the pictures and content are interesting to a wide age range. As the book is so beautifully presented, it is an ideal gift. This is already treasured in my household and I’m looking to learn more about the women profiled.

Reviewed by Emma Rutherford

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Written by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli
Published by Particular Books / Penguin Random House
ISBN 9780141986005

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