Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Graphic Novel - 2018
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With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Book Press, 2018
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781626728691
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN BAG
Characteristics: 291 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Kane, Montana


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This is my personal favorite list entry! Bagieu has crafted a nonfiction graphic novel that deftly delivers these 29 stories about some famous and not-so-famous incredible, diverse women, and with plenty of humor and heart. Her art style for the panel portions is great, reminiscent of Hark! A Vag... Read More »

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Aug 02, 2019

Cannot get over this book. Every time I read it I feel shivers down my spine! I am so proud to be in a wonderful sisterhood with all the wonderful people. The sister hood of Women. I mean, this book is so inspiring!!
Women are Power🚺🚺🚺🚺🚺🖖🖖💪💪👊👊👍👍👏👏🖖🖖🖖🖖

Apr 04, 2019

This is an unbelievable book, anyone who picks this up is lucky. Learn about amazing women that have never gotten the recognition they deserve! So inspiring and thought-provoking. A must read for everyone.

Feb 25, 2019

Why did I not know ALL these EXTRAORDINARY, adventuresome, amazing women?!?
These women should be CENTRAL to history.
This is my first graphic novel and it is all I hoped and more. If there are more like this, it will not be my last.
This is engaging, varied, well-illustrated and FUN to read! The contributions ao these unknown females confounds me.

Jan 01, 2019

A wonderfully diverse collection of women from many time periods and countries and backgrounds who faced different challenges and came up with solutions to so many issues. Some women shook the whole world, some just little sections, but each individual character really shines here.

Recommended to fans of Kate Beaton for sure, as the irreverent, condensed humor and sketchy artwork is reminiscent of (yet not identical to) Hark, A Vagrant and other works. The art is expressive and doodle-y while each woman nonetheless looks distinct. The color palette for each individual story is minimal -- yet because the palettes change from story to story, they never feel dull or restrictive.

Overall, highly recommended for teens and adults alike. Some discussion of sexuality and extremely simplified cartoon nudity is present, but always relevant to the biography in question.

JCLEmilyD Dec 04, 2018

Excellent. Witty, fun, informative. Especially loved the art at the end of each chapter.

JCLShannonG Nov 20, 2018

I loved the artwork and the comedic style in which facts about these amazing women are presented.

RDPL_Teens Sep 30, 2018

Beautiful art work and fascinating short stories about the lives of some truly extraordinary women in history!

Jul 30, 2018

Conventional, condensed storytelling. No Canadian content. For preteen girls.

PimaLib_AlexL Jul 21, 2018

Want to learn about women who are truly amazing but don't have time to read through chapters of text? This book is for you! Learn about awesome women through history in a fun and artistic way. I loved each story told and I'm inspired by how these ladies took their challenges and turned them into opportunities!

LPL_CentennialC Jun 25, 2018

While I was reading this book, my face was a giant heart-eyes emoji. I was expecting to find this book interesting, but I did not expect to be completely charmed! In a series of short comics, Bagieu tells the stories of women who are too often left out of the history books. There are some memorable faces, like Josephine Baker and Frida Kahlo, but there were many women featured in the book that I hadn’t even heard of! Women from all over the world, from different periods of time, from different backgrounds, with different dreams and goals.

I can’t imagine what an enormous challenge it is to take an entire life and condense it down into a few pages of panels. But Bagieu manages to do this perfectly in her colorful illustrations -- just the right amount of humor and silliness while still paying respect to the intense nature of some of their tales.

This book is kind of reminiscent of Kate Beaton’s “Hark! A Vagrant” comics. Anyone who is interested in feminist history will adore this book! (Side note: the cover has a really cool grainy matte texture with some glossy embossing on it...if you’re a book nerd like me and that kind of stuff matters to you.)

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