Review: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

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Sometimes you read a book and you feel so connected with it, you want your children, your cousins, your nieces and nephews, just all children and adults of the world, read it. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is one of those books.

What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

History is the biggest love in my life, but unfortunately, history is very white, and very male. Luckily for us, a lot of books are written about women who did awesome things (honestly, look at history, if you want stuff to get done, ask a woman to do it for you). My favourite is Princesses Behaving Badly, one of my first book reviews. But this one takes it to a whole new level. When I got this in the mail, I read it in one go, that’s how much fun it was! Every page is a story about an amazing woman, and next to it her portrait. And best of all, these weren’t just white women. WOC get forgotten so often, so I was really, really happy that this book included them. The only downside to this book is that it’s incredibly American centric, but on the other side, it just means that we can get a second book with more stories from around the world!

This is such an important book, because children and adults don’t know enough about women. We wouldn’t have computers, or internet without them! I recommend this book to absolutely everyone, because it’s written in a more childish way, so it would be a great book to read to children, or read with children. It isn’t a children’s book for nothing!

You can get this book here!

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