Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Diana: Princess of the Amazons


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From New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale comes a story about making mistakes, learning the hard way, and growing up to become a hero.

Eleven-year-old Diana has an almost perfect life on the island of Themyscira. But even though she has a loving mother and many "aunties," she is an only child. The only child on the entire island, in fact. Every other person on the island is an adult who's the best in their trade and mighty in body, while Diana is small, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She's not Wonder Woman...yet.

What Diana needs is someone her own age whom to talk to. Taking matters into her own hands, she creates a playmate out of clay. It's all fun and games for a while, until things get out of control and Diana has to decide whether she's made a new friend...or a monster!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401291112
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 50,190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Shannon and Dean Hale are the husband-and-wife writing team behind Eisner-nominee Rapunzel's Revenge (illustrated by Nathan Hale), New York Times best-selling series The Princess in Black (illustrated by LeUyen Pham), and two novels about Marvel's Squirrel Girl. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel Princess Academy, the USA Today best-selling Ever After High series, the graphic novel memoir Real Friends, and others. Shannon and Dean live in Utah with their four children, who all agree that Wonder Woman is one of the greatest superheroes of all time.

Victoria Ying is an author and artist living in Los Angeles. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, which eventually turned into a career working in Animation. She loves Japanese curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again and hanging out with her dopey dog. Her film credits include Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, Paperman, Big Hero 6, and Moana. She has illustrated several picture books including Not Quite Black and White, Lost and Found What's that Sound, and Take a Ride by My Side, and is the writer and illustrator of Meow! Diana, Princess of the Amazons is her debut graphic novel.

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Anonymous 17 days ago
Thanks netgalley and the publishers for a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review! This book stars 11 year old Diana who is living the most ideal childhood on Themyscira, but she feels so alone because she is literally the only child on the whole island. She feels like she’s out of place and just can’t seem to measure up to all the other Amazonian warriors. So she makes a friend for herself out of clay and a wish, but the friend doesn’t end up being anything like Diana had in mind. We all know the story of Wonder Woman by now, but this is a super cute middle grade friendly version of her story. I think this is great for kids who love Wonder Woman and want to read about her, but parents will appreciate that it’s not so dark as adult DC comics tend to be. It has themes of finding yourself and valuing your own self worth, which is something a lot of middle grade readers need. The artwork in this was absolutely adorable too! It’s bold and vibrant colors are sure to keep kids flipping the pages to see what adventures happen next.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Well written and well drawn this graphic novel tells a story of a young Diana while she's growing up on the Paradise Islands before becoming known as Wonder Woman. A wonderful story of growing up and family relationships. Recommended.
Anonymous 22 days ago
From its cover to the final page, Diana: Princess of the Amazons is a pleasure to read and a joy to look at! Shannon and Dean Hale have taken the Wonder Woman mythology and, instead of trying to rewrite it (as seems to be the vogue), they have created a new story of a young Diana. It’s an excellent tale, too, full of danger, excitement, and a shocking plot twist. But it’s also instructive, teaching children that willful disobedience has consequences, and teaching adults about the importance of listening to their children. Girls will be able to identify with Diana’s angst at being the only child on an island of mature women. Her loneliness may strike a chord, and they may see themselves when she ‘acts out’, and when she yields to peer pressure from the clay playmate she created. But they will admire her cleverness and cheer her on as she tries to rise above the mess she made and prove herself a true Amazon. A graphic novel is only as good as its artwork and in that area first-time graphic novelist Victoria Ying excels! At every turn she captures Diana’s mood, be it happy or angry, playful or daring. Ying brings out the girl’s strength and determination as the story progresses. Battle scenes are done well, too, and those with multiple characters. And when all Tartarus breaks loose, Ying’s Amazons look exactly like the brave warriors they are. But my favorite thing about the art is the occasional reference to future Diana. As seen on the cover, Ying has depicted her wearing the colors we’re used to seeing in the current comic run and on the big screen. Also on the cover, Diana is using a lasso as a leash for her pet cheetah, when many years later she will be wielding the Lasso of Truth while fighting her archenemy, Cheetah. There are only a couple of nits to pick. The Amazons were renowned in ancient times (and in DC mythology) for their skills at horseback riding, but here the Hales and Ying have chosen to depict them on kangaroo-back. Watching the warriors hop into battle just doesn’t have the same impact as if they had charged in on horses. And, though it may have been corrected in the final release, in the advanced copy Diana tells her friend to watch for a yellow scarf outside her window; on the next page the signal is made with a red scarf instead. This is a terrific graphic novel for Wonder Woman fans of any age. The Hales have written a consistently entertaining story, with a smart, impulsive, and passionate young protagonist, and Ying has drawn her and the whole of Themyscira beautifully! -- Je *Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Netgalley and DC Comics for providing me with an advance reader’s copy of Diana: Princess of the Amazons in exchange for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MountainChickenLady 3 months ago
Shannon Hale and Diana, Princess of the Amazons? How could that combo go wrong? And true enough, this was a delightful telling of what Diana as a child must have gone through, with everyone being older than she, and her not being able to do the things she wanted to do. The characters were all believable, well, as believable as a bunch of amazons could be, and a child created from clay. It makes me want to read more stories about this version of Diana. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
Kasey_Baril 3 months ago
**Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.** This is a great graphic novel to introduce kids to comics and well-known characters. Young Diana is relatable and her story provides valuable lessons for children in regards to relationships with friends and parents.
Gorelenore 3 months ago
Diana is the princess of the Amazons, which is amazing but also kind of lonely. While she is strong and brave, her mother doesn't have time for her and everyone is always busy completing their chores and tasks on the island of Themyscira. This was a great middle grade graphic novel. Diana is a strong female character that all young girls and even young boys will enjoy. She is just a bit lonely, so she turns to a friend who might not be the best for her. When her friend leads her into trouble she now must choose between who she can be or her feelings of loneliness, luckily for all of Themyscira she is strong and strong-willed. The images are very pretty and lend well to the story and the dialog is kept concise and simple enough at a glace to read through. The overall story was interesting and I liked following Diana's story. Her growth as a character was quick but meaningful and I think that all young readers will enjoy this graphic novel.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics for the review copy of Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying. All opinions are my own. This graphic novel is about Diana, daughter of the queen of the Amazons. Diana hates that she is the only kid among the Amazons. She builds a friend out of clay and wishes for her to come to life. She is shocked when it works and is delighted to finally have a friend! However, things may not be as they seem. Instead of relieving her boredom, her new friend may just lead her into trouble. The illustrations in this book are wonderful! If you pay close attention, there are some subtle clues in a few of the illustrations that help the reader figure out the ending. This story has a great lesson about friendship and choosing your friends wisely. I think many kids will be able to relate to feeling torn about a friend the way that Diana does in this story. This book would be ideal for grades 3 -6.
Horsebranchjess 4 months ago
Diana: Princess of the Amazons is just too cute. My nine year old daughter would love this story and the drawings are fun and colorful. As the only child among the Amazons, Diana's life is lonely without any playmates. Her mother, Queen Hippolyta and her endless number of aunts spend their days training and dealing with adult responsibilities. Diana is bored with all the studying she does and tired of spending her time alone. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Diana finds herself a playmate but things are not all hunky dory. Life lessons come fast and hard as Diana is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions. I really enjoyed the story and I would happily pass it on to my children to enjoy knowing that it has a moral to the tale. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
ScrapNSign 4 months ago
Diana: Princess of the Amazons is outstanding! The perfect graphic novel for young and old, no matter your age, you'll love this story. I read this with my 6 year old niece who dreads reading anything without pictures, and she absolutely devoured this book. A delightful look at what helped make Wonder Woman who she is today and I highly recommend this to everyone.
AE2 4 months ago
What a fun graphic novel! The plot and illustrations were appealing. Kids will definitely relate to Diana's feelings of frustration and wanting to prove herself, as well as enjoy the bright, adorable illustrations. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.