Book Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Title: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Author: Kate Pankhurst

Genre: Children’s / Non-fiction

Rating: 5 / 5


In this vibrant and exciting children’s book, Kate Pankhurst, descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, takes readers on a journey to discover some iconic women who have changed the world we live in. From fashionistas to scientists, from spies to authors, this book contains many exciting facts on thirteen brave and brilliant women.

List of women featured: Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank


As a children’s book, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is obviously a bit different to what I normally read – but I absolutely adored this book and I think it will be a great hit with kids too.

Each page is bursting with vibrant colour and fabulous illustrations. The longer I looked at each page the more detail I saw. The colour and detail really drew me into the stories about each historical figure, and I think the fun and up-beat way in which each character is presented will really help to engage kids.

Unfortunately, a lot of the time in history the achievements of women have been discounted and overlooked. I think it’s great to have a book like this that highlights the achievements of a few of history’s most significant female figures, in such an accessible way.

It is so fitting that this book was written by the descendant of the leader of the British suffragette movement, who helped women to win the right to vote. I love that there is a nice touch of sass in some of the points that are made and that the overarching theme is that girls can achieve awesome things through hard work and determination and being willing to stand up for what is right.

At its core, this book is inspiring, informative, and a lot of fun to read. There is a lot of information on each page, but it is written clearly and concisely and does not come across as overwhelming. There is a nice selection of historical figures that is quite varied and there really is something for everyone in this book.

I didn’t expect that a children’s book would be the first book I’d give a five-star rating to on my blog, but this book is an absolute delight and I can’t fault it. Girl power for the win!


Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: 1st October 2016

Price: $14.99 AUD

Thanks heaps to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of this gorgeous book to read and review!

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