Saturday, March 21, 2020

Noisemakers by Kazoo - ESSENTIAL

Noisemakers by Kazoo, 219 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books), 2020. $26.

Language: PG (1 Spanish swear); Mature Content: G; Violence: G



Twenty-five skilled women illustrate the amazing lives of 25 women who have changed the world. The women highlighted in these short stories rocked the world by daring to do and be more than what others told them was possible. Each woman influenced the world because they chased their individual dreams -- and you can too!

Both the variety of women whose stories are told and the variety of styles their stories are told in work together to inspire readers. With stories divided into six sections, readers are encouraged to be noise makers in many different fields; the unique passions and accomplishments of those talked about prove that nothing -- not even being a hero -- looks the same for everyone. I also love that the illustrators wrote lists of things they have in common with the women they were writing about because it teaches readers to make historical figures relevant and real. Having different illustrators for each history was a brilliant decision by the editor because it helps make each historical woman distinct from the others, and the different drawing styles also serve as inspiration for any readers who want to tell stories themselves.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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