Kwik Review: Diana Princess of the Amazons (Shannon Hale & Dean Hale)

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A fabulous book to kick off my year!

TL;DR – A fun, super cute tale about Wonder Woman as a child!

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RAGDOLL RATING: 5/5 BUTTONS

What I thought…

OK, so I’ve been waiting for this book for some time, like, I heard about it sometime last year, saw the artwork and have been desperate for it to be released ever since. So on that note, I’m gonna start talking about the art in this book, by the fabulous Victoria Ying.

Turn to any page in this book and you will find beautiful artwork. Every panel is cute, fun and expressive. I am a huuuuge fan of this style of art generally, but the art in this book is just perfect. There is a set of 2 panels on page 51 where Diana and her new friend Mona have just done something they shouldn’t have and they look at each other and grin. Now I don’t know exactly what it is about these two panels specifically, but they really speak to me. Maybe it’s the expression on their faces and the obvious emotional connection between the two, I don’t know, I just know that I love it and this book is full of illustrations with the same energy. My hat is off to you Victoria Ying, your art is wonderful!

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Now on to the story. The book follows Diana, princess of the amazons and future Wonder Woman. Diana is, regrettably, the only child in her entire world and now she’s no longer a baby, she’s starting to feel like she doesn’t fit in. Cue a helpful storyteller who gives her an idea. Why not make your own friend, out of clay and sand! The sand friend miraculously comes to life and sets Diana off on a path of fun and mischief that, like most forays into the world of misbehaviour, soon goes too far.

The story itself is simple (which is NOT a criticism, just in case that isn’t clear) and a great deal of fun. Seeing Diana slip from feeling misunderstood to acting out and so on until she can be the heroine of her own story felt natural and exciting.

I also love – and I didn’t pick up on this until I started writing this review – how Diana starts of feeling out of place but seemingly confident, then she makes a mysterious friend. This is exactly what she wanted but has almost the opposite effect of what she hoped would happen. Instead of feeling wanted and respected she is gradually left feeling less and less important and valued, and I think that’s really clever and very well written.

Basically, I love this book, it’s story and art are wonderful and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Please note: I am in no way affiliated with the author or publishers. I bought this book with my own money for my own reasons. The opinions contained within are my own and have not been influenced by any external entity!

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