A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything (Hardcover)
A behind-the-scenes look at the creation and evolution of Wonder Woman, the iconic character who has inspired generations of girls and women as a symbol of female strength and power.
Perhaps the most popular female superhero of all time, Wonder Woman was created by Bill Marston in 1941, upon the suggestion of his wife, Elizabeth. Wonder Woman soon showed what women can do—capture enemy soldiers, defeat criminals, become president, and more. Her path since has inspired women and girls while echoing their ever-changing role in society. Now a new group of devoted young fans enjoy her latest films, Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, and await a third installation being planned for theatrical release. This exceptional book raises up the many women who played a part in her evolution, from Elizabeth Marston to writer Joye Hummel to director Patty Jenkins, and makes clear that the fight for gender equality is still on-going.
About the Author
Kirsten W. Larson used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. Her picture books include A True Wonder: The Superhero Who Changed Everything; Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane; and The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars are Made of. Kirsten lives near LA with her dog and family. kirsten-w-larson.com, Twitter: @KirstenWLarson, Instagram: @KirstenWLarson
Katy Wu illustrated the picture books A True Wonder: The Superhero Who Changed Everything by Kirsten W. Larson and Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, among several others. She lives in Portland, Oregon. katycwwu.tumblr.com, Twitter: @thewildkat, Instagram: @thewildkat
★ "[I]nspiring and entertaining, much like Wonder Woman herself....A lively exploration of recent women’s history as well as the creation of an iconic female superhero."—Kirkus, STARRED review
This book is an EPIC, to be sure! It spans millennia, taking you through the life of a so-called "lesser goddess", Circe, who we come to know intimately and to love dearly. Circe's story is a quiet one, yet a righteously triumphant redemption story, as she comes into her own power and owns the world as her own. You find yourself riveted, rooting for Circe’s successes and growing power at every turn. Madeline Miller's words read like poetry, every sentence a living thing in itself, full of so much...Oh, what a true PLEASURE to read!!
(Adult Fiction) - reviewed by Isabel