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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Hardcover – 20 March 2017
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'The feminist bedtime story book you'll wish you had growing up' Stylist
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.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring children with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams
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The feminist bedtime story book you'll wish you had growing up
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring children with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
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, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.
The publishing sensation of the year ― Evening Standard, Books of the Year
The definitive book of the year in our house, for both parents and offspring. It offers celebratory, non-judgmental paeans to the varied lives of influential women. Anyone needing an antidote for certain oversexualised, underoccupied screen heroines need look no further -- Maggie O’Farrell ― Guardian Books of the Year
A welcome reminder to girls that nothing stands in their way - except a lack of self-belief. This book started as a crowd-funded project and has become a best-seller which is the best news of the year -- Sally Morris ― Daily Mail Books of the Year
This amazing book shows young girls they can be anything they want -- Melinda Gates
Trust me, your life needs Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls... Absolutely beautiful - get one for yourself and one to inspire a woman in your life -- Sarah Shaffi ― Stylist
Featuring spies, pirates, astronauts, activists, scientists, writers, sports stars and more, many of the stories are so thrilling and uplifting your child's heart may beat a little faster, her mind racing with possibilities. If she leaps out of bed to get to work, blame the authors -- Emine Saner ― Guardian
Modern and fundamentally feminist, this riot grrrl reinvention of the fairytale is so inspiring adults are also reading it in droves -- Heather Saul ― i newspaper
Elegant, colourful... and captivatingly told... In an ideal world, not only would mothers read this aloud to daughters, but teachers would read it to schoolboys -- Nicolette Jones ― Sunday Times
A book to keep, treasure and read again, and the end pages are a call to arms: space for readers to write their own story and drawn their own portrait. Essential reading for girls and indeed boys; children who read this at bedtime are guaranteed some big and inspirational dreams -- Fiona Noble ― Observer
In a sign of the times - that rebellion is good - there's a book dominating the Christmas bestsellers list this year. It is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo... what the title says to girls is that history has placed laurels on the heads of men, that children's books have left them out, and that this is their time for revolution ― Evening Standard
Forget passive simpering princesses and damsels in distress - the heroines of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls are famed for their real-life achievements ― Red
The all-female team behind a pioneering new book called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls are confronting the tired, patriarchal narrative head-on. It sets out to challenge gender stereotypes and inspire young girls to aim high in their career goals ― Daily Mail
A must-have for the nightstand of every girl or young woman you know -- Geri Stengel ― Forbes
The feminist bedtime story book you'll wish you had growing up -- Harriet Hall ― Stylist
The exceptional women included here come from many times and places... Each is celebrated in a brief biography written in the style of a modern fairy tale - with the twist that she is often an unsung shaper of our society. Illustrations by female artists add to the joy of this ebullient, inspiring collection -- Julia Eccleshare ― Guardian
A worldwide hit -- Helena de Bertodano ― The Times
Really inspiring for all young girls, they should all read it -- Sarah ― The Late Late Toy Show, RTÉ
A cracking book... beautifully illustrated, a great source for young women to be inspired -- Ryan Tubridy ― The Late Late Toy Show, RTÉ
The feminist book every child needs in their bedroom... bedtime stories which tell of real women shattering the glass ceiling and challenging patriarchy should be read to all children - not just to little girls, but to little boys, too -- Ellie Wiseman ― Grazia
Go out now and add Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls to your bookshelf. Gripping and beautiful, Sofya has paused her Harry Potter obsession to tell me all about Aung San Suu Kyi and Anna Politkovskaya. Be still my feminist heart -- Rebecca Schiller ― The Pool
The key message is perseverance rather than success. Crucially, the book also gives exposure to female illustrators. Their diverse styles are universally attractive, with bright appealing colours and expressive faces. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls would be a valuable addition to the bookshelves of any child interested in history, regardless of their gender -- Sara Keating ― Irish Times
You have to buy it for the little ones in your lives, but you also need a copy for your grown-up bookshelf... There is serious girl power between the covers of this book ― Bustle
From politics to sport to technology to entertainment, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls wonderfully celebrates the power of a woman's touch. It is a book that makes you proud to be a woman and allows little girls to dream big! ― Curious Mum
Potted biographies of lots of great women - not just rebels (although many of them are), but scientists, writers, artists, politicians. A great ethnic and historical mix too, and lots of women who did great things as children and teenagers -- Sally Nicholls
An excellent book... it should be top of every girl's reading list - and boys too, so they can see the vital role played by women throughout history. This crowdfunded book has become a smash hit, and quite rightly so ― Parents in Touch
Our favourite bedtime read ― Little London
If you're looking for something to help your daughter (or son) dream big tonight, there's one book up for the task... Uncovering the art of asking a lot of questions, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is about the moments that make a life truly extraordinary - the trying, the failing, and most importantly, the trying again ― Mama Mia, Australia
It's a pretty safe bet to say that, if your child goes to school dressed as one of the Rebel Girl heroines for World Book Day, rather than as Hermoine Granger, Cinderella or Katniss Everdeen, say, she's absolutely on-trend for 2018 -- Joanna Moorhead ― Daily Telegraph
There's a book my younger daughter asks me to read to her every night. . . this book is different, because when I put it down and turn off her light, she sometimes says: "I want to be in it." It will come as no surprise that the book is Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo's Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and has become a publishing sensation -- Paul Laity ― Guardian
- ASIN : 014198600X
- Publisher : Particular Books; 1st edition (20 March 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780141986005
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141986005
- Dimensions : 18.5 x 2 x 25 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ideal "story" length for bedtime and I'd imagine as my child gets older and starts reading it'll become even more loved.
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I was initially sceptical about the title, which to me seems a complete contradiction of what the authors are trying to achieve!! These are meant to be inspirational women who are meant to inspire and have the respect of the next generation of women and men. Being a ‘rebel’ has implications of being naughty! I don’t want my son to think that for a woman to succeed she has to be a rebel. This isn’t even the case for many of the women in the stories, many of whom got to where they were through ambition, determination and by working really hard. These are not ‘rebellious’ qualities in my view. I went ahead with the purchase despite this as I took the view that my son is young enough to not yet grasp the ‘rebel’ concept. The title would, however, put me off buying the book as a gift for an older child.
Moving on to the content, when we opened the book the first story we happened to see was that of Coy Mathis, a transgender girl. This book attempts to simplify and explain in childlike language each person’s story. I was shocked and appalled to see this one. The first line is “Once upon a time a boy named Coy was born. Coy loved dresses, the colour pink, and shiny shoes”. Two sentences later Coy asks his mum “When are we going to the doctor to have me fixed into a girl-girl?”. The story then has the doctor explaining about Coy being transgender, the parents winning a court case allowing Coy to use a girls’ bathroom at school and celebrating with “a big party... pink cake...and Coy wore a sparkly pink dress and beautiful pink shoes”. What?!!!!!! So from my 3 year old boy’s simple perspective what he learns from this story is that if you like pink and sparkly things that means you’re really a girl!!! Appalling stereotyping. This story made me furious. I’ve spent the last 3 years making every effort to avoid my son thinking that certain toys, clothes and colours are only for girls or only for boys. This story undoes that in one page as well as throwing further confusion into the mix by suggesting that if a boy likes pink and dresses the doctor will change him into a girl!! This is NOT an appropriate way to describe to a child what it means to be transgender!!
It’s such a shame as I love the concept behind this book, but I’m shocked at how poorly judged it is. It is now hidden away in a drawer and I will not be reading it to my children again.
The book design and pictures are very good! I have only good things to say about the graphics and pictures. But the English is poor in the writing. Having one page to e.g describe Florence Nightingale written in poor English i.e it does not praise the person and celebrate their achievements well enough. I could write:- e.g J.B, She was born poor and sold mangoes and became a famous mango seller. Well, first, there is nothing interesting and nothing to inspire in this.
This is no doubt a good idea. The pictures are great. The design is great. They should have found someone who writes better to write it!