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Review: SHEROES of the Haitian Revolution

Sheroes of the Haitian Revolution

Philippa Gregory is one of those writers that easily immerses the readers with just a few words. Her books about English royalty is more than historical fiction but a reimagining of these famous regents. Her books about the War of the Roses goes to great lengths to dramatize just how difficult and complicated these interactions were. The most magnetic part of her books is her sheroes, the women behind the scenes.

Scholars will usually highlight the men of each royal house when retelling events, but the women have as much to do with the outcomes as the men. But as her books show, the women wield as much influence and power than the men as they quietly tilt the scales of power in their balance. Of course, this is not only relegated to the events of England but other parts of the world. In a densely written and illustrated book by Professor Bayyinah Bello and Kervin Andre, Sheroes Of The Haitian Revolution strives the highlight the women who ensured the Haitian Revolution succeeded.

We meet Kasikess Anakoana , a tribal queen who fought Spanish rule in Haiti until finally defeated through deceit in the form of a peace offering. Then there’s Cecile Fatimah, a spymaster amongst slaves who created the code which signified the slaves when to revolt. We meet Aunt Toya a captured Dahomey warrior who would train the first emperor of Haiti, Jacques Dessilines. There was Sanite  Belair, an officer in the Revolutionary Army, who would become a target of Napoleon Bonaparte. There was Marie Jeanne, a Maroon sharpshooter who would be one of the reasons why revolutionaries would take Crete’-a-Pierrot, a major turning point in the war. There is Suzanne Simon L’Overture, the fierce wife and companion of Touissant L’Overture, the hero of the Haitian Revolution. There’s Katherine Flon, the woman who would design and create the flag of Haiti. There’s Marissainte Dedee Bazile, the Revolutionary Army’s Henry Knox, and a master negotiator. We meet Marie Louise, Haiti’s first and only Queen. The last woman is  Felicite, the wife of Jacques Dessilines, and the country’s only Empress, a title she would keep until her dying days.

Overall, an excellent book that finally brings light to these magnificent women who endured despairs, hate, and torture so that Haiti can see the promise of freedom. The stories by Bello are well researched and heartfelt. The art by Andre is gorgeous. Altogether, women that everyone should know and I am glad to know of.

Story: Bayyinah Bello Art: Kervin Andre Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Little Archie’s Lucky Day Picture Book

LITTLE ARCHIE’S LUCKY DAY PICTURE BOOK (HC)

Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art: Art Baltazar
Cover: Art Baltazar
978-1-68255-849-2
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
9 x 7”
HC
32 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/17

Archie Comics is proud to present our first picture book for little readers! This title follows the footsteps of great children’s books like Corduroy and Where the Wild Things Are as being a modern classic for little ones to enjoy. Get ready for a BIG day! Little Archie’s morning is off to an unlucky start until he makes a mysterious new pal—a small red cat! But this is no regular feline—find out what this little furry friend has in store for our tiny redheaded hero!

LITTLE ARCHIE'S LUCKY DAY PICTURE BOOK (HC)

Joel Christian Gill’s Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride Comes to Lion Forge

Lion Forge has announced the publication of the next book by Joel Christian Gill released in time for Black History Month 2019!

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride is a fun imagined account of a young Bessie Stringfield, a true adventurer and one of the first African-American women to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle.

Have you ever been told that you’re not enough? That you’re not strong enough, tall enough, or fast enough? Bessie was told she was not enough.

Fast Enough combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about the real Bessie, and an essential read for parents and children alike! This must-read picture book arrives in stores in February of 2019, and deserves a place on bookshelves in libraries, living rooms, and classrooms everywhere.

VIZ Media Has Announced New Studio Ghibli Full-Color Picture Books

VIZ Media announced at C2E2 the winter release of a pair of full-color picture books for the famed Studio Ghibli films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke.

The new books expand VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library and capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format aimed at readers of all ages.

Castle in the Sky, Studio Ghibli’s first feature film, celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2016. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the North American theatrical release of Princess Mononoke, which has gone on to become one of the studio’s most popular anime films.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

CASTLE IN THE SKY PICTURE BOOK

Debuts December 2017

The legends were true! Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath – who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money – and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient superweapons that could make him master of the world! Can Pazu and Sheeta stop his sinister plan? Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film.

 

PRINCESS MONONOKE PICTURE BOOK

Debuts December 2017

Marked with the curse of a rampaging boar god, young Ashitaka sets off on a journey to cure his mysterious affliction. From behind the walls of an iron-mining town, Lady Eboshi arises to smash all obstacles to technological development. And from out of the forest comes Princess Mononoke, driven by a hatred of all humans. Can she and Ashitaka ally in time to stop the wild lands from being destroyed?