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Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You--and the Zillion of adventures you will go on? Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who C Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You--and the Zillion of adventures you will go on? Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World, featuring spirited illustrations by Derek Desierto.


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Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You--and the Zillion of adventures you will go on? Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who C Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You--and the Zillion of adventures you will go on? Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book depicting feminist icons in A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World, featuring spirited illustrations by Derek Desierto.

30 review for A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    Missing star is for the missing XYZ.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Countess

    A for effort. A valiant attempt at inclusivity. But if you feel it’s justified sticking Beyonce in for the Bs or QEI in for the Es, you have no imagination. Have the kids read about Harriet Tubman or Amelia Earhart before? Yup. About a million times. Surely there could have been someone else in their places? I guess that’s what you get when X, Y, and Z are used as fillers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I liked the concept, but there were a few too many cop-outs here. Why choose Venus, a mythological goddess, for V, when there are lots of amazing real women to pick from? Venus Williams. Valentina Tereshkova. Virginia Woolf. That bugged me. But the part that REALLY bugged me is that this is an ALPHABET book. You can't just cop-out and not include women for X Y and Z just because it's hard.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yaritza

    This book is all about girl power. The illustrations were awesome. I loved that quotes were included from most of the ladies in this book. It motivates people when reading about what each person stands for. I loved the mirror at the end. Sometimes we need a reminder that we too can make a change in this world. My favorite person included in this book is Iris Apfel. I love funky fashion just like her. She is such an inspiration. Here is the quote included in this book "When you don't dress like e This book is all about girl power. The illustrations were awesome. I loved that quotes were included from most of the ladies in this book. It motivates people when reading about what each person stands for. I loved the mirror at the end. Sometimes we need a reminder that we too can make a change in this world. My favorite person included in this book is Iris Apfel. I love funky fashion just like her. She is such an inspiration. Here is the quote included in this book "When you don't dress like everyone else, you don't have to think like everybody else". So be unique and different no matter what people might say to you for being bold, unique and different. I'm disappointing that no Hispanic ladies were included in this book. It included some diversity but not one Hispanic person was included. Diversity is a huge key component. People want to feel they are represented and see someone that looks like them and be proud and see that they can make a difference too. Standing together as one, will make us stronger.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A fabulous alphabet / concept book, but a bit off the wall. I mean in the first three letters we have Amelia Earhart, Beyonce, and Coco Chanel, and the list goes crazy from here. As we journey to the end, we meet Emmeline Pankhurst, Flo Jo, and Georgia O'Keeffe ... Lucille Ball, Malala, Nina Simone, and Oprah. All in all, a wide and varied cast from all walks of life! Also, in case the kiddos don't know who most of these people are, there's a brief verse to introduce them. Well done!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    This would have been a five if the age old dilemma of X Y Z hadn't come up. Instead of people being here (Y could have been Yoko Ono, though I admit I'm having a little trouble finding X and Z, but considering they put Beyonce, they could have had Xuxa or Zoë Kravitz), it is just words that have the letters and it mentions how "wonderful" you are, with a book mirror to the side. And while I do not think some people should be here, there is a wonderful mixture of historic and contemporary people.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    March 7

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto. BOARD BOOK Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2019. $10. 9781250215994 BUYING ADVISORY: PRE-K – OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE This is an ABC board book and each letter (except for XYZ) represents a different woman who has made an impact on society. Most of the pages include a one sentence description of what the woman accomplished and a quote that encompasses their beliefs. The illustrations are A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto. BOARD BOOK Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2019. $10. 9781250215994 BUYING ADVISORY: PRE-K – OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE This is an ABC board book and each letter (except for XYZ) represents a different woman who has made an impact on society. Most of the pages include a one sentence description of what the woman accomplished and a quote that encompasses their beliefs. The illustrations are over the top adorable and the colors are bright and attractive. The letters XY and Z have a reflective piece that mirrors the readers face and explains that they are extraordinary too. This is a fun idea, but I’m not sure how many kids will sit through a story time that basically lists names of different women. The vocabulary is way over the head of young readers and would take a lot of explaining from an adult. For example: “C is for Coco Chanel, designer and OG girlboss” or “D is for Dorothy Hodgkin a crystallographer who won the Nobel Prize for succeeding in the impossible”. Even as an adult, I would need to consult Google on what that meant. Cute idea and attractive packaging, but not sure it’s targeted at the right audience. Reviewer, C. Peterson https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  9. 4 out of 5

    DelGal

    I thought the concept for this book was great, but did it have to include 3 rock stars/singers? I have nothing against any of these women, but by including all of them, other equally, if not more important women, were left out. Also, why include a fictional character (Venus) and cop out at the end by not including the last few letters of the alphabet? This isn't a very good example for children of a woman author's perseverance and creativity if they are unable (or unwilling) to do the simple res I thought the concept for this book was great, but did it have to include 3 rock stars/singers? I have nothing against any of these women, but by including all of them, other equally, if not more important women, were left out. Also, why include a fictional character (Venus) and cop out at the end by not including the last few letters of the alphabet? This isn't a very good example for children of a woman author's perseverance and creativity if they are unable (or unwilling) to do the simple research to find strong women to fit these letters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    A-Z of iconic women. Some excellent choices and culture/race representation. This ran out of steam with the last few letters. V is for Roman goddess Venus??? That’s not a real person. How about Venus Williams, Viola Davis, Valentina Tereshkova, Victoria Woodhull, Virginia Apgar...should we go on? XYZ reflects back on the reader with no other women named. With only 26 letters, only 22 are named. Missed opportunity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rosalind Andrews

    Venus is a cop out

  12. 4 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A is For Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed The World, written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Derek Desierto, a delightful alphabet book that introduces young readers to notable “sheroes”. After a hearty welcome by Juno (protagonist of Chen’s previous book Juno Valentine And The Magical Shoes), the reader is given one-sentence introductions to (and occasionall This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is A is For Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed The World, written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Derek Desierto, a delightful alphabet book that introduces young readers to notable “sheroes”. After a hearty welcome by Juno (protagonist of Chen’s previous book Juno Valentine And The Magical Shoes), the reader is given one-sentence introductions to (and occasionally quotations of) female role models of note, organized alphabetically by the letter of their first name – A is for Amelia Earhart, B is for Beyoncé, C is for Coco Chanel, and so on. The women range from scientists, entertainers, suffragists, athletes, artists, lawmakers, and even a bonafide goddess. X, Y and Z represent eXtraordinary You (accompanied by a full-page mirror), and the Zillions of adventures you’ll go on – just as awesome as all the ladies that came before. What else can I say? AWESOME! Meant as a primer for the littlest bookworms, this colorful and exuberant look at some deserving female trailblazers is a wonderful way to introduce the power of women to younger and pre-readers. The selection of featured figures is well-balanced, representing a varied range of skintones, religions and backgrounds, though most of the ladies are American. Desierto’s art is simple and friendly, using elements of mixed media cutouts for hair, clothes, and surroundings to frame the warm, open faces of the subjects. It makes each woman feel like a new friend, and works perfectly. JJ adored this one, especially the mirror on the final page, and it was a fairly quick read as well. A must for any young feminist’s bookshelf, and emphatically Baby Bookworm approved! (Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.) Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Caixeiro

    1. Awards the book has received (if any): None 2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-K-2 3. Original 3-line summary: This book goes through every letter of the alphabet and names an iconic woman that starts with each letter. Some of these women are from our history, others are from the entertainment industry, and some made great strides in science and medicine. At the end of the book, the author explains that each reader can go on some of the same adventures that these iconic women experienced too. 4 1. Awards the book has received (if any): None 2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-K-2 3. Original 3-line summary: This book goes through every letter of the alphabet and names an iconic woman that starts with each letter. Some of these women are from our history, others are from the entertainment industry, and some made great strides in science and medicine. At the end of the book, the author explains that each reader can go on some of the same adventures that these iconic women experienced too. 4. Original 3-line review: This book is inspiring and informative. It is not the average alphabet book, but rather, makes learning the alphabet fun and relatable for young girls. It makes the reader feel like they have the potential to become as iconic and influential as the rest of the women in the book. 5. 2-3 possible in-class uses: This book can simply be used as an alphabet book, teaching the letters and corresponding sounds to the students. On the other hand, it can be used if there is ever a focus on girl power in the classroom. Each student can be assigned a woman from the book, do more research, and present that person to the rest of their classmates.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    It made me smile to see all these wonderful women featured in this ABC book, but I would have liked to see all 26 letters accompanying a woman instead of 23. While I like the idea that there is room for future generations to make a contribution and a little mirror in which young readers can see themselves and picture how they might make a difference in the world, it seemed odd to omit those letters, almost as though there are not enough noteworthy women out there. Beginning with A for Amelia Ear It made me smile to see all these wonderful women featured in this ABC book, but I would have liked to see all 26 letters accompanying a woman instead of 23. While I like the idea that there is room for future generations to make a contribution and a little mirror in which young readers can see themselves and picture how they might make a difference in the world, it seemed odd to omit those letters, almost as though there are not enough noteworthy women out there. Beginning with A for Amelia Earhart and concluding with Wu Zetian, each woman is profiled with a sentence describing her accomplishments and one of her quotes. It was a bit odd to find Venus, the goddess of love and beauty featured in the book's pages, though, so young readers might need clarification on which women were real and which were not. The flat illustrations didn't appeal to me, and I wished to have some back matter telling more about each of the women who appear here. I appreciate the author's efforts to include a diverse group of women here and not all the ones with whom most of us will be familiar.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily Roberts

    Not impressed. Just felt like there wasn’t much creativity. Oprah was the best you could come up with for O, and and Beyoncé for B? Would’ve liked more creativity. And the ending? No X, Y, or Z? Really? Sure, I’d have some trouble coming up with X, but it can be done. How about Zora Neale Hurston for Z? Also, “V is for Venus” annoyed me a little...please choose a real woman, at least. Virginia Woolf, perhaps. However, I did enjoy learning some interesting facts, such as the description added abo Not impressed. Just felt like there wasn’t much creativity. Oprah was the best you could come up with for O, and and Beyoncé for B? Would’ve liked more creativity. And the ending? No X, Y, or Z? Really? Sure, I’d have some trouble coming up with X, but it can be done. How about Zora Neale Hurston for Z? Also, “V is for Venus” annoyed me a little...please choose a real woman, at least. Virginia Woolf, perhaps. However, I did enjoy learning some interesting facts, such as the description added about Lucille Ball. The quotes from the women are also a nice touch.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Constance Charles

    The illustrations for this oversized board book are amazing! Photos of textiles and textures are a joy to look at on every page and are a nice change from usual board book dayglo colors. The biographees are a nice mix of the big names like Julia Child, Amelia Earhart, and Malala to less household names like Katharine Graham and Nina Simone. 4/5 because while the quotes are nice I would personally prefer an extra sentence about their life or historical contributions.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    There is even a place for the next awesome woman - but it was great to read stories about these 23 and their contributions. Start early introducing our youth to women who have made an impact! Maybe one day we will see a female on currency—maybe there will be a federally recognized holiday for a woman—in the meantime I will continue to cherish and honor the Awesome women I already know and those that inspire me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joelle

    I bought this for my little girl, hoping to use it as a tool in our ongoing talks about how girls can do anything! The pictures are cute but the descriptions of the people are very difficult for my 5 year old to understand. It is a board book so I would expect the text to be targeted towards younger girls, but I found myself having to explain every adjective used. Also, V is for Venus? Really?

  19. 5 out of 5

    A Allen

    I enjoy this book and plan to read it in my preschool classroom, but I don't intend to buy it for our library. It seemed half the women were white and I wish there had been more women of color being recognized. I did like that the women featured were being honored for a wide variety of accomplishments. Many of the pages also included a quote by the woman featured which was nice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Always love girl power books! Beautiful and fun illustrations. A diverse mix of very famous women commonly known, as well as some lesser known icons. I imagine could be fun to research with your kids more about some of these amazing ladies. 4 stars because I think a little more explanation could be added to some women.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Callie

    Fun illustrations and a good start of a collection of female figures who are recognized for a variety of accomplishments. My main quibbles are choosing the goddess Venus for the letter V instead of a person and none for X,Y,Z. Venus Williams, Vera Wang, Viola Davis, Virginia Apgar, etc. there are plenty of options.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Ong

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. I love Eva Chen and everything she stands forL all around good vibes. Everything about the title is great; it's accessible (content-wise), the illustrations are equal parts fun (fashion tidbits here and there) + informative.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This is a fun book for introducing women who have accomplished great things. Some women are historical, some are modern. Each page is relatively short, and it is set as an alphabetical list (A is for..., etc). It states something brief about each woman's accomplishments.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Absolutely love this children’s book. Most of the women have famous quotations that are brilliant to introduce to children at story time. The illustrations are also a great collage style. Highly recommend adding this to your young one’s bookshelf.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jack Lewis

    Very disappointing and offensive that they chose a man to not only illustrate this book but that so many of the women illustrated have unrealistic stick legs and pencil thin waistlines. We want to see real body types that empower women of all sizes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angel Figueroa

    Copyright © 2019, Biography, Feminism, Girl Power, History I liked this book because it talks about all the great things women have done. I will use this book a way to encourage girls to know that they can do great things too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kri O'Kellas

    A is for awesome empowerment of women in a Children’s book that is accessible and clear for young readers, however, this is not something to be read alone by a child and requires guidance as there’s a lot of information going on here. Mirror was a nice touch.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie Kellum

    *I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This an ABC book of 23 amazing women. Loved it! The illustrations, the women, and the brief synopsis of each are wonderful!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    Another board book biography title for the youngest readers. From A to W, get introduced to amazing women.

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