REVIEW: Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls (100 Tales of extraordinary Women) by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Published: 20th March 2017

Publisher: Particular Books (Imprint of Penguin Books)

Pages: 212

Format: Hardcover courtesy of the Publisher

RRP: $32.99

5/5 Stars

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

More than a month after this gem of a book was released, it is still trending on most online book stores as one of their top five books sales. There’s a reason for that; this book is not only one of a kind, but it is a remarkable piece of non-fiction that is as inspiring as it is ground breaking and humbling. It’s the kind of book that every household needs as it speaks to our fundamental rights in an easy, down to earth, conversational way that will appeal to both young and old.

Now that you’re holding this book, all we can feel is hope and enthusiasm for the world we’re building together. A world where gender will not define how big you can dream, how far you can go. A world where each of us will be able to say with confidence: “I’m free.”Foreword by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls consists of 100 short stories- almost snapshots – about real women from both the present and the past, young and old, black and white and from every corner of the globe. Every single one of these women featured have stood up and tried something that no one believed they could, or should do. All 100 stories illustrate that just because you are female, you are not limited or inferior to anyone based on gender, culture or race. It seeks to nurture and reaffirm the belief that we are all people and the sky is our limit, while questioning why should we stop there – there is nothing you can not do without hard word, persistence and belief in yourself.

‘Hilary became the first woman nominated by a major party for President of United States of America.

There was a time when girls could not be whatever they wanted, but that time is gone.” Hillary Rodham Clinton – Presidential Candidate – USA

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a highly passionate, powerful and engaging read that is sure to get readers thinking. It’s the type of book that will appeal to all ages, socio-economic statuses and cultures. What is truly divine about the book is the simple fact that is covers so many different women across time and the planet. It’s seeks to not only inspire the next generation, but reinforce the current ones that our fight is still relevant today and to show just how far we have come and how far we have yet to go with a smile on our faces and a spring in our step.

Alek wants every girl on the planet to know, “You are beautiful. It’s okay to be quirky, it’s fine to be shy. You Don’t have to go with the crowd. – Alek Wek – Supermodel – Sudan

I read Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls from cover to cover in one afternoon and it just about brought me to tears – happy ones I assure you – and left me speechless. I knew this book was going to be amazing when I read the publishers pitch on it months back, but nothing and no one could prepare me for irresistibility of this book. It seeks to empower, inspire, enliven, and encourage women of all ages and races from all around the world. It’s ground breaking and breathtaking and truly a sight to behold.

I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it, because I want to do it. Women must try to do the same things that men have tried. If they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart – Aviator – USA

Packaged as a hardcover short story anthology for children, the book features bite sized stories that pack an emotional punch. Each story covers one personality and their achievements/fight through a double page spread (one page text, one full page coloured illustration). Let me tell you these illustrations are simply superb with a number of illustrators having contributed throughout the length of the book.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”Malala Youzafai – Pakistan – Activist

The stories themselves are reasonably short, ensuring that they are the perfect length for a parent to read a story to their child before bed and still have time to discuss anything that might arise. However do not mistake their brevity for lack of substance or for a barrier to age. These stories might be aimed for children, but their include just the right amount of information to inform and inspire, while giving the reader some food for though and something to look into later.

‘That’s when I realised why princesses in their films were so helpless: they had all been created by men.’ She promised herself that she would create a new type of princess: strong, independent, and … brave!’ – Brenda Chapman – Director – USA

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls is a truly delightful and empowering read, that I urge every parent to consider purchasing for it is one of the most important books you and your child may ever read together. Together you can read the awe inspiring tales of the pioneering women, and true heroines of our time, who have gone before us and made our reality what it is today.

When Girls see other women doing this job, they will feel that they can do it, too.”Xian Zhang – China – Orchestra Conductor

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls seeks to sing the praises to the unsung heroines who refused to be told no and bow in inferiority. It’s a testimony to the women who wouldn’t be told ‘no’ regardless of what it might have cost them, who believed they were worth more and who have contributed to society in such significant ways whether it be working for NASA, teaching children and fighting for educational rights, building new technology, overcoming disabilities and running for political office. There is something in this book for everyone, if only they are game enough to open it’s pages.


To purchase a copy of Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, visit the following online retailers:

Penguin Books Australia | Booktopia | Book Depository Angus & Robertson Bookworld | QBD | AMazon



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