"Thoughtful, timely and Super-Engaging. So glad the powerhouse young people coming up have Kazoo as a blueprint, a roadmap, and a glimpse into history." -Jacqueline Woodson
"Astonishing comics about world-changing women. What could possibly be better?"--Neil Gaiman
"All the women in this book were discouraged from doing the work they were born to do. Fortunately, they didn't let that stop them. Here are their riveting stories, told in unputdownable comics. I wish I'd had NOISEMAKERS when I was growing up." -Alison Bechdel
From the creators of Kazoo magazine, a quarterly magazine for girls ages 5-12, which Amy Poehler's Smart Girls called "required reading," comes a graphic novel anthology of women who are not afraid to make some noise!
Did anyone ever get anywhere by being quiet? To change anything, you have to make some noise! From the creators of the award-winning Kazoo magazine comes a look at the lives of 25 extraordinary women through the eyes of 25 extraordinary comic artists. In chapters titled Grow, Tinker, Play, Create, Rally, and Explore, you'll meet Eugenie Clark, who swam with sharks, Raye Montague, who revolutionized the design process for ships, Hedy Lamarr, a beautiful actress and brilliant inventor, Julia Child, a chef who wasn't afraid to make mistakes, Kate Warne, the first female detective, who saved the life of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln, and many more.
In 25 distinct styles from some of the most exciting comic artists, Noisemakers is for everyone who is not afraid to use their voice and for those who could use a little boost.
Compiled by Kazoo magazine, this tasting menu of short biographical comics, each by a different female or nonbinary artist, serves up enticing bits of history for an array of readers with varying interests. Part encyclopedia, part girl-power scrapbook, the collection of biographical vignettes showcases frequently lauded women, such as Julia Child and Frida Kahlo, alongside lesser-known figures such as Kate Warne, the Pinkerton detective who foiled an early attempt to assassinate President Lincoln, and Ray Montague, the first person "to design a ship using a computer." Lesser-known backstories of household names are also detailed, such as actress Hedy Lamarr's frequency-hopping code system that paved the way for Wi-Fi, and performer Josephine Baker's work as a spy. Each profile begins with a brief epithet ("The World Explorer" describes sailor Jeanne Baret), a photograph, and a list of things the reader might have in common with each person (e.g. "I want to see the world"). The wide range of illustration styles among them MariNaomi's flat, playful take on mountain climber Junko Tabei; Weshoyot Alvitre's moody depiction of ballerina Maria Tallchief; and Emil Ferris's sketchbook-esque story of Mary Shelley offers another way to take in the various stories. In addition to possessing intelligence and perseverance, nearly every subject finds a way to build a life she's told is off-limits. Though many American girls have more opportunities today, these stories remain extremely relevant. Ages 8 12.