Wonder Woman: The Story of the Amazon Princess

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Wonder Woman has been a star on television and, of course, in comic books. But this is her firstever jacketed hardcover picture book. Written in a simple, engaging manner perfect for a very young audience and illustrated with bright, bold artwork inspired by the original comic book art, Wonder Woman is the ideal introduction to this legendary super hero. Children will find out how the daughter of an Amazon queen grew up to become a protector of mankind, with a mission to teach ...

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Overview

Wonder Woman has been a star on television and, of course, in comic books. But this is her firstever jacketed hardcover picture book. Written in a simple, engaging manner perfect for a very young audience and illustrated with bright, bold artwork inspired by the original comic book art, Wonder Woman is the ideal introduction to this legendary super hero. Children will find out how the daughter of an Amazon queen grew up to become a protector of mankind, with a mission to teach peace and kindness to all.

Ralph Cosentino has already expertly brought Batman and Superman to life. Now, with Wonder Woman, he completes the trinity of classic DC Comics characters.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Similar to Cosentino's Batman (2008) and Superman (2010, both Viking), this title serves as an overview of the Wonder Woman universe. The first half is an origin story, showing how the heroine was formed of clay and grew to have superpowers and an alter ego. The second half introduces the cast of Wonder Woman villains. The conclusion, explaining the Amazon princess's mission to show the world how to live in harmony with nature, seems out of place with the rest of the book. The format is a combination of comic- and picture-book elements. The comic influence comes in the form of caption boxes and the intermittent use of panels. The absence of word bubbles and large-scale spreads provides a picture-book feel. The bold retro artwork has vivid colors and thick black outlines. It's a mix that will work well for the intended audience. Wonder Woman serves its purpose of presenting a classic comics character in a format suitable for younger readers.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Cosentino's third introduction to a costumed superhero for newly independent readers (Superman, 2010, etc.)adequately covers the basics while resolutely placing its subject on the moral and ethical high ground. Blending the original DC origin story with its several subsequent adjustments and reboots, he lets Diana Prince herself narrate the account. She describes her birth, the athletic contest in which she won her silver bracelets and other gear, how she set out to protect the world from evil Ares and makes it her mission "to teach peace and respect to all...and to show the world how to live in harmony with nature." Using thick black lines and bright colors and working in full spreads with the occasional inset panel or panel sequence, he depicts his scantily clad Amazon in stylized heroic postures—legs wide, fists at the ready, granite chin thrust forward, rosebud lips in a pout of concentration. This rarely varies as she takes out Circe and other threats, rescues an Inuit family from an ice floe, poses with smiling animals and people and soars in her semivisible jet. Wonder Woman uses her Lasso of Truth without ever clearly explaining its powers, and even younger readers may feel some cognitive dissonance between her claim that she works "through love and kindness" and her evident violence against Ares. Still, she stands as proof that there's more to this superhero business than big muscles and testosterone-fueled aggression.(Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670062560
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 343,918
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Cosentino is a talented author, illustrator, and designer.A line of toys inspired by his books is available through his company, U.F.O. Toys. He lives in North Ohio.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    A great take on the Amazing Amazon!

    Ralph Costentino drafts a fun introduction to the world famous icon, Wonder Woman! WONDER WOMAN: THE STORY OF THE AMAZON PRINCESS is a perfect tale for girls and boys of all ages and as an educator I plan on using this book in classes. I appreciate that Cosentino highlights what sets Wonder Woman apart from other superheroes, by emphasizing the peaceful nature of the Amazon, that she strives for equality, and that she'll fight, but only if it's the right thing to do. A great piece!

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