Book Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls #MyFriendAlexa

“These bedtime stories trade princesses for women who changed the world.” – Taylor Pittman, The Huffington Post

Book: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Authors: Elena Favilli &Francesca Cavallo

Format: Hardcover Book

Language: English

Availability: Online and Leading Book Stores

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was published in December 2016. The book has been written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. The book also has a part 2 which was published in June 2017. Both the books were crowdfunded on Kickstarter and went on to break all the records. Since the time the book has been published, it has sold more than a million copies and is translated into 47 languages.

I had not read any of them till now. I waited for my daughter to be old enough so that she could appreciate the book and the stories of the many women mentioned. This year on her 7th birthday, we gifted her part 1 of the series and this was undoubtedly the best gift she got. The book has become her favourite and is often seen on her bedside table.

If you don’t know what is in the book, well this is for you!

The book contains one-page stories along with illustrations of 100 women. These tales are of extraordinary women, who defied the odds and became what they are. Each story of a woman has a quote from her, a subject and a full-page portrait. The story is one page, briefly written in very simple words which tell about the woman, her background and her extraordinary deed. The illustrations have been done by 60 female artists all across the world. Each illustration is colourful, bold and attractive for their reader. The book itself is beautiful with smooth matte finish lamination, heavy paper with the fine print quality along with illustrations and a satin bookmark.

So who is in the book!

The book has stories of mathematicians, ballerinas, astronomers, astronauts, tennis players, doctors, scientists, activists, writers, gymnasts and like who have extraordinary tales. Some of these women are Malala Yousafazai, Serena and Venus Williams, Mary Kon, Michelle Obama, Frida Kahlo, Lakshmi Bai and Margaret Thatcher. My daughter’s personal favourite is Mae C. Jemison, an Astronaut and a Doctor.

When you finish reading the book there is a page where your daughter can pen down her own story and draw her portrait. Isn’t that lovely! After reading such interesting tales there is a page dedicated to your dreams as well. My daughter and I love reading the stories of these extraordinary women. I strongly recommend that you get one for your child irrespective of the gender.

As the authors aptly put it, ” When you hold the book, you can feel hope and enthusiasm for a world where gender will not define how big you can dream and how far you can go. A world where each one of us will be able to say with confidence: I am free.”

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38 Comments

  1. September 16, 2019
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    I have always loved those books who have something unconventional to offer for the young kids that could rise their curiosity and thinking patterns

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 17, 2019
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      Very true

  2. September 17, 2019
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    This reminded me of the book ‘Rebel ladies who rocked the world’. That book also has inspiring stories about women. Will check this one out.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 17, 2019
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      Thank you for visiting by!

  3. September 17, 2019
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    Fab review! I just checked on Amazon, there are two editions of the book! I will be picking up both! Thank you so much for writing this post! Keep writing such informative posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 17, 2019
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      Yes, the book has 2 volumes. Both are equally good. Thanks for reading

  4. September 17, 2019
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    Loved the book and your review, Shubhra!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 17, 2019
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      Thank you, Tina!

  5. September 18, 2019
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    I got this book for my niece a couple of years ago. She likes it. Though I don’t know her favorite one. The book is inspiring.
    I like the concept of the book but at times I felt it was specific for girl readers alone. Probably the reason why they got in another set of books for boys who dared to be different.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Yes, I guess so. But the book is inspiring for both girls and boys equally.

  6. September 18, 2019
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    wow superb motivational stories. Actually why princess needs prince in the end while the whole story is only about her own fight. Must read for all.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Exactly my point. Thanks for reading!

  7. September 18, 2019
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    I have read this book. It is one of my favourite books. It’s one of the most inspirational books I have read in the recent times. Loved your review !

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Thank you!

  8. September 18, 2019
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    this looks an interesting book to go with sure will be checking out.. ty for sharing

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Thanks for visiting by!

  9. Ghazala Naseem
    September 18, 2019
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    This book is so interesting with so many stories of different characters , thanks for sharing.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Thanks for visiting by!

  10. September 18, 2019
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    This is something so new and novice. Bedtime stories that are realistic and what we can relate to. Brilliant language and images, something all kids will love.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Definitely! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. September 18, 2019
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    Well Said Shubhra, I got one for boys for my kid and we are yet to read it though.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Hope you and your son like the stories. Happy reading!

  12. September 18, 2019
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    Looks like a interesting book. Liked the review. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Thanks for reading!

  13. September 18, 2019
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    What a beautiful cover! I’ve heard so much about this book. I think it’s excellent for young girls, to know there’s much more to life than waiting for Prince Charming to rescue you!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 19, 2019
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      Thank you 🙂

  14. September 18, 2019
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    More than the stories, I am waiting to see that last page of the book to draw our dreams on it. This is so innovative from a reader’s point of view.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 19, 2019
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      Agree. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  15. September 19, 2019
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    What a wonderful book. It definitely is a must have. My son is going to be two. I wish when he is seven he appreciates and respects women for the courage, bravery, knowledge and strength to fight against any odds and achieve success equal to men.
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    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 19, 2019
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      I am sure Urvashi with your guidance he will. 🙂 Thanks for visiting by!

  16. September 19, 2019
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    Had heard about the book couple of months back but after reading your review I can’t wait to introduce it to my twins. Waiting for them to grow.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 20, 2019
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      Thank you for reading!

  17. September 21, 2019
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    Such a nice book. Also it breaks gender stereotypes. I would definitely want to buy it for my children.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 22, 2019
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      Yes indeed!

  18. September 22, 2019
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    This looks like a very interesting read. I would love to read it ,Thanks for sharing

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 24, 2019
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      Thanks for visiting by!

  19. September 24, 2019
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    I Liked reading such books even though if its more made for kids.
    Coz of their messages.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 24, 2019
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      Tough for children, I equally enjoy reading this book. There are so many new facts which I learn every day when my daughter reads a new story. Thanks for visiting by!

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