Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.
Read by Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Julianna Wilson, Mozhan Marnò, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard and Samira Wiley.
What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous stepsisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? 
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to 100 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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2017 Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By K. J. Noyes on 11-07-18

One-page fairy tale-esque biographies...

...of women and girls who've made a difference.

I've seen these books advertised, seen them on the shelves, but never felt inclined to try one. Seeing an Audible copy recently released, I thought I'd try it thinking it might be something to share with my boys some day.

The authors have collected stories of inspirational girls and women from countries around the world, a rather impressive list actually - I had heard of less than half of them I would say. Which made it quite fascinating and not just simplified notes on women I'd come across before.

The breadth is admirable too - we have writers and artists, dancers and aviators, scientists and mathematicians, spies and rebels, activists and transgender trailblazers. Listed alphabetically, you could browse or read sequentially, they move backward and forward in time and hop between countries and subjects.

I found it both well put-together and inspiring curiosity. It can't be easy summarising a complicated and very adult life history into one page - Elizabeth I for example, with her parentage, long and eventful reign and influence. The women's important attributes are included, a key quote given where possible and the language used simplifies each story to make it both suitable and accessible for a primary- or secondary-aged readership.

There were many characters here I wanted to find out more about, and I'm sure many children will head to Google/Wikipedia to look up more detail. This is where paper copies are more useful, as I have no idea of the spellings of many of these names, having only heard them once.

I could find no paper materials sent to me that Audible says were sent with the audio files (if anyone knows how to access these, please let me know!), so I'm not sure what extra information/questions they contain.

I loved the idea of the 'fairy tale' structure of these stories up to a point. The 'once there was a girl' repeated each time worked. With 'strong' mentioned regularly, it makes a change from the demure heroines of the traditional fairy tales. But I also kept coming back to the opinion that this also had one flaw. Because of the 'potted history' nature of each history, it does almost seem inevitable and effortless that each achieved what they did, even with mention of hard work - so many overcome adversity without us being able to see just what was involved. A recommendation from me would be to read this in conjunction with Matthew Syed's excellent motivational book for children 'You Are Awesome' which focuses on this very issue and reminds children of the years of toil any of these achievements would have taken.

Parents and teachers would do well to read these one at a time with children, to be able to look up the longer stories between them and digest the cultural importance and influence of each. An audio version I personally feel would not benefit most readers as much as a paper copy would.

I loved the fact that we had multiple readers conveying these stories to us. Narrators from different cultural backgrounds themselves, all very clear and amiable, and helped keep track of different stories as the voices changed for each biography.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Alina on 24-06-18

Useless

This is supposed to be an inspiration to girls and women out there, but this is a disaster. Stories lack detail. There is one pattern to all of them she wanted - she got there. No depth. No takeaways apart from just wanting something. I don't recommend this.

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