A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a bit about how origin stories are structured.
Talk about your feelings rather than seek revenge when you're feeling angry. Spending time with the people you care about is important.
Positive Role Models
Diana's mom and aunts are supportive, kind, and forgiving -- and keep high expectations of her.
Violence & Scariness
Battles with cartoonish, age-appropriate aggression.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diana: Princess of the Amazons, by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (The Princess in Black) is a lovely entry to the world of Wonder Woman for readers too young for the more violent movies, TV shows, and graphic novels. The vibrant drawings are engaging, with soft tones making the cartoonish battle scenes less harsh and 11-year-old Diana's world more idyllic and diverse. The text is simple enough for emerging readers to master, and keeps the story moving quickly for more advanced readers. Diana's feelings are relatable to the age group: She's stuck between a kid and an adult, not easily fitting into either group, and confused about her place.
Is It Any Good?
This engaging graphic novel about the tween Wonder Woman is a great introduction to the world of DC characters for younger readers. Given the huge appetite for DC Comics and the quick criticism when a new version of an old favorite falls short, it's ambitious to take on a graphic novel for the 8-12 age group. Diana: Princess of the Amazons hits the sweet spot: It's complex enough to keep older readers' attention but gentle enough for younger ones, with bold, warm illustrations that stay true to earlier Wonder Woman comics, TV shows, and movies.
The vocabulary won't be much of a challenge, but the great thing about graphic novels is the switch in readers' minds needed to connect the words to the pictures, to read the words but also to take in the visual. There's a bit of racial diversity among Diana's aunts, and the lessons Diana learns about trust, strength, and communication are clear but not overwhelming.
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