Sunday, January 5, 2020

Diana: Princess of the Amazons, a New Middle Grade Graphic Novel Hits Stores Everywhere Books Are Sold Tuesday, January 7th (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

New Middle Grade Graphic Novel by Shannon and Dean Hale, Illustrated by Victoria Ying,
Hits Stores Everywhere Books Are Sold on January 7, 2020

How is your 2020 going so far?  It was nice to take a little break to enjoy time with the family for the holidays, especially after reviewing and feature over 300 gift ideas in my annual holiday gift guide.  My hands sure did enjoy the break. :-) But, it is nice to be back blogging, and I have a stack of books I will be sharing over the next few weeks that recently released, or are releasing soon, for kids of all ages to enjoy. While I am not a fan of the cold weather during the winter months, I do find that my girls and I get a lot more reading done while we snuggle up on the couch under warm blankets, reading together.  And, with the little break I had, I was able to get through 10 books, which was a record for me.  After dusting off the books as they had been sitting on the side of my desk since the end of summer, I was able to zip right through them, as I watched the snow fall outside, or the many days of rain we have had recently (I will take rain over snow any day). My girls saw how much I was enjoying reading, that they wanted to get through some of their new books that Santa brought, as well as ones they took out of the library to read during the winter break I gave them.  They would sit with me, and we would share about the books we were reading and our favorite parts. One of book that my youngest daughter really got into and couldn't stop talking about...she is still talking about it, including this AM when she saw a poster for it at the comic book store downtown.  The book is Diana: Princess of the Amazons, and it put about DC Comics.  

This upcoming middle grade graphic novel, which hits store shelves on Tuesday, and it perfect for kids ages 8-12 years old, who love DC super heroes and/or graphic novels.  My daughter loves both, so she was super excited to read this graphic novel.  Like most graphic novels she had read by DC Comics, she found herself lingering on each page to take in all the detailing of the full-color illustrations.  The story itself is easy to understand and follow along, and is perfect especially for girls as it reminds them that it is OK to make mistakes, and that mistakes are what help shape us and help up grow by learning through trial and error and not giving up.

I don't want to give too much away about this upcoming graphic novel.  I was going to share a video of my daughter I took, where she started off sharing about a favorite part of the book, and why she liked Diana, but then she started giving away spoilers, and kept going on about this part and that part.  So, I don't want to share and give things away. But, just know that my daughter was so passionate talking about this graphic novel, and how it is one of her favorites to date from DC Comics.  She really enjoyed this book, and knows your kids will, too!  So, if you are looking for a graphic novel to get your kids reading during the long, cold winter months, Diana: Princess of the Amazons is the perfect book to pick up and share with them.  Graphic novels are always the way to go for reluctant readers, and will get them excited about reading, with the help of all the full color illustrations that fill the pages of these types of books.

More about this new middle grade graphic novel, arriving in stores on Tuesday...

"This January, lasso in the New Year with DianaPrincess of the Amazons, a new middle grade original graphic novel from DC.

Cut off from the rest of the world, Diana has had an idyllic childhood on Themyscira. But now, at 11 years old, she’s beginning to feel more and more isolated. Though she has many “aunties” and a loving mother, she is an only child. THE only child, in fact.

After an escapade goes wrong, Queen Hippolyta chastises Diana for not living up to the Amazon standard. Diana just can’t seem to measure up, no matter what she does! Literally every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly proficient in anything. She’s not Wonder Woman yet. What Diana needs is a friend—someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she may just make a monster instead.


Perfect for readers ages 8-12, DianaPrincess of the Amazons is written by New York Times bestselling co-authors Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by popular artist Victoria Ying. This heartwarming tale follows 11-year-old Diana as she navigates the highs and lows of growing up as the only child on the entire island of Themyscira. It’s a story about family and friendship, learning from mistakes, and finding inner confidence.

The Hales are veterans in the children’s publishing space and are the co-authors behind acclaimed and fan-favorite novels and graphic novels including the Princess in Black series, Rapunzel’s Revenge, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, among others. Both are longtime fans of Wonder Woman, and this book marks their first project with the character and first work with DC.

“I was so excited to write about young Wonder Woman,” said Shannon Hale. “I always wondered what it would feel like for young Diana to grow up as the only child in her world. How extraordinary—but also potentially lonely. We started from there and got to explore who Wonder Woman was as a child, and challenge her with an adventure that would help shape who she would become.”

“Wonder Woman has always been one of my favorite superheroes, but Diana has been one of my favorite heroes, full stop, super or not,” added Dean Hale. “To have the opportunity to tell a story in her formative years, to provide one of the many story ‘ingredients’ that combine to make her the hero she becomes, was an incredible honor.”

DianaPrincess of the Amazons also marks Ying’s first work with DC and her very first graphic novel. Ying comes to DC from an animation background, having worked on such hit Disney films as Tangled, Frozen, and Wreck-It Ralph, among others. Ying has also written and illustrated several children’s picture books and was thrilled to work on this original story starring Wonder Woman.

“It was a real treat to explore Diana as a child,” said Ying. “I had a blast drawing her and felt like I got to be her friend too.”

Leading into its January on-sale date, DianaPrincess of the Amazons has already received critical acclaim from such outlets as Publishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal, among others. The book was also selected by IndieBound’s prestigious Kids Next list for winter and is one of DC’s most anticipated releases of 2020.

DianaPrincess of the Amazons is DC’s first solo Wonder Woman graphic novel geared toward middle graders, and we are thrilled with the reception so far,” said Michele Wells, vice president and executive editor, DC Books for Young Readers. “The Hales’ heartfelt reimagining of Wonder Woman combined with Ying’s playful and energetic illustrations make this original story a great introduction to the iconic superhero. Its debut will mark one of the largest print runs we’ve set since launching our young reader program, and we can’t wait to share this book with the next generation of Wonder Woman fans!”

DianaPrincess of the Amazons will hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on January 7, 2020 and is available to pre-order now."

Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
Illustrated by Victoria Ying
Colored by Lark Pien
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
MSRP: $9.99
On sale everywhere books are sold on 1/7

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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