Bad Girls Book Review

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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains

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Bad Girls by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple illustrated by Rebecca Guay

Meet twenty-six of history’s most notorious women. Each bad girl has a rotten reputation, but there are two sides to every tale. Decide whether Tituba was really a conspiring witch or just a humble housemaid. Analyze the evidence stacked for and against Lizzie Borden. And what made the brazen Cleopatra so dishonorable . . . or honorable? Each chapter ends with comic panels featuring caricatures of the authors discussing the women, with Heidi arguing as the prosecution and Jane arguing for context.

Bad Girls - Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains

From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not. “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women “bad”? Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong?

This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter. Heidi and Jane’s strong arguments for the innocence and guilt of each bad girl promotes the practice of critical thinking as well as the idea that history is subjective. Rebecca Guay’s detailed illustrations provide a rich, stylized portrait of each woman, while the inclusion of comic panels will resonate with fans of graphic novels.

Bad Girls - Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains

We enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the Bad Girls trough history. Each part of the book is beautifully written and illustrated. Kids will enjoy reading this book and the comics book like take on the illustrations will definitely leave them wanting more. Perfect book to get just in time for Women’s History Month!

About the Author(s): Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of nearly three hundred children’s books, including Snow, Snow: Winter Poems (Boyds Mills) and The Rogues (Philomel). She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of the Americas. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts and Scotland.

Heidi E. Y. Stemple is the author of more than a dozen children’s books, several co-authored with her mother, Jane Yolen. Recent titles include Pretty Princess Pig and Not All Princesses Dress in Pink. Heidi lives in western Massachusetts.

Acclaimed for her mastery of comics, Rebecca Guay has illustrated many books for children, including A Flight of Angels, The Last Dragon, and Goddesses. Rebecca lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Bad Girls book is perfect for ages 10  to 13, with 176 pages, and it’s available from February 2013.

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Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

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