Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
Review by Lauren
source: copy from the publisher; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads): 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 Bakerto Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Review: March is Women’s History Month, so I’ve been trying to read some nonfiction books that focus on feminism and amazing women in history. While March might be coming to a close, expect more of these reviews in the coming months! Today, however, I’m here to share the new graphic novel book Brazen, by the awesome Pénélope Bagieu, who I’ve read previous graphic novels from.
To be honest, I don’t know that much about famous women of history, and I want to change this. Therefore, I can’t say if you’d know all of these women or not – I definitely recognized many of them. Regardless, I think the comic medium makes this a must-read even if you already know some of these stories. Some of the women’s stories are longer than others, but they all start the same way, talking about when that particular person was born. From there, the important information about their childhood – and then life – is shared, allowing you to understand just why these women should still be known today.
All the illustrations are colorful and easy on the eye; I think Pénélope Bagieu is a fantastic artist. One of the things that I really loved is that there is a two-page illustration at the end of every little “comic.” This depicts a specific scene from their story – that wasn’t already included in the comic – and it’s just a wonderful addition. I love how bright and colorful the scenes are, allowing you to really see the various details, since everything is a bit larger. Plus, there is no dialogue or description, so it’s just the picture.
Las Mariposas – Rebel Sisters (I had never heard of these sisters but they are so brave!)
Agnodice – Gynecologist (Another woman I had never heard of but her story is wonderful)
Nellie Bly – Journalist (I had heard of Nellie but I didn’t know much about her, but I’d love to learn even more now)
Frances Glessner Lee – Crime Miniaturist (I had never heard of this woman, but her mini crime scenes are fascinating)
Obviously there are many more women featured in this graphic novel, so please do check it out for yourself!
Do you know any of the women mentioned above? Do you have a favorite woman in history?