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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

(Les Culottées #1-2)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  5,042 ratings  ·  1,066 reviews
Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.

With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some wor
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by First Second
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Bethany It's right down the middle -- I think the cheeky humor will appeal to both adults and teens, but overall I think adults would be more likely to grab t…moreIt's right down the middle -- I think the cheeky humor will appeal to both adults and teens, but overall I think adults would be more likely to grab this book.

Nothing in it that would necessarily ruffle any feathers in Teen (except perhaps in a very, very conservative community), but definitely would be a fun addition to an Adult collection (and written at a level adults will enjoy). (less)

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Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE.
my skin is clear. my gpa is up. spring has come early. i'm hydrated. i have been cured of my nearsightedness.

i could not have d r e a m e d up a more perfect book.

this book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she was born around the year 350? there are women i'v
Cristina Monica
If you care about feminism and innovation at all, I urge you to read this one of a kind graphic biography ASAP.

Do not deny your mind a much needed introduction to glorious women who have helped change the world for the better in a many unforgettable ways.

Although there are thirty short biographies, including the author’s, I was only familiar with Josephine Baker and Peggy Guggenheim and even then I learned information about them that I never stumbled across in the past.

This means that this was a
Amalia Gavea
There are dozens of books dedicated to women (well-known and less so) who defined their field and couldn’t care less about what society and established norms had dictated for them. Many of these books are successful, others are a bit problematic. Allow me to say that ... by Pénélope Bagieu is probably the best I’ve read.

Including widely diverge choices, Bagieu gives voice to women from every continent and presents their lives’ work through a carefully crafted and extremely successful combination
Elle (TheBookishActress)
Throughout history, there have been many, many people worthy of remembrance. Some of these, we remember. Many of these, we forget. This book is one of profiles of courageous ‘hidden’ women throughout history, those not known.

I do not know how to review graphic art styles but I really loved the art style of this.

Some of my favorite profiles in here included:
Las Mariposas (1924-1960), three Dominican sisters under Rafael Trujillo.
Josephine Baker (1906-1975), first African-American star of a ma
David Schaafsma
This is amazing, you have to read it. I wasn't going to, because I have been reading all these books for kids featuring one page portraits of inspiring famous women, accompanied by a few sentences. Cute, important, and here we are, Dave, another one, sigh. I even had it out of the library and on one of my scary teetering piles and thought, eh, though I saw the art was typically great. I had read her California Dreaming', her story of Mama Cass, and Exquisite Corpse, which were similar drawn and ...more
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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There are a lot of fun graphic novels about feminism coming out lately, like THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS and DEAD FEMINISTS: HISTORIC HEROINES LIVING IN COLOR. I think this is great because graphic novels are a medium that are accessible to a wide range of ages (kids and adults), which makes them an excellent resource for classrooms and libraries. In terms of maturity levels, though, BRAZEN (as befitting its name), definitely seem
Colleen Fauchelle
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
There are alot of these sorts of books around at the moment, I have two other ones on my shelf to read. I like them because you get to learn about people you would have otherwise not thought about. I like reading about others and can easily get lost in wickipedia reading about how people lived and died.
I liked the set out of this book, it is in comic form and gives 2-3 pages of each woman and a full page picture of them in a scene of their life. I didn't know that Margaret Hamilton, who played
When a good number of my GR friends raved about how awesome this book is, I knew I had to read it, even though I was afraid that it could in no way live up to my hopes for it after seeing those reviews.

Well, ha. It completely blew my expectations away.

This book has everything. It's a collection of gripping biographies of brave women throughout history (BCE to the present; I think the youngest was born in 1996) and from all over the world. Some I'd heard of while some were completely new to me;
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every single human being ever

This is 110% my new favorite book! It's filled with stories about incredible women who stood against all odds and shaped our history. They are intelligent, strong, brave, kind, fierce, beautiful and independent, every one of them!

I don't really know what to say, except that this book is so important, not to mention BEAUTIFUL, and I think it's amazing that each woman who's story is told can be related to by girls all over the world. Each is a role model and all are phenomenal.

Some of my
#mystrangereading Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World by Penelope Bagieu ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So, I don't typically read graphic novels. This is not because I don't like them in general but have never found one I absolutely loved. BUT LOOK NO FURTHER. This book was incredible. I learned so much about so many amazing women, but more then that, it was clever, beautifully illustrated, and so empowering. I can't wait to put it in my classroom library and see it inspire my students. ❤️📚🙌
First Second Books
Mar 08, 2018 marked it as first-second-publications
With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of formidable female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison, or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, their stories are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Emm C²
There is no more straightforward way to put it - this graphic novel is phenomenal. If you need a boost of vitality and determination in such trying times as these, look no further than Brazen. This book makes you reflect on yourself and say, I could do this too. The obstacles suddenly don't seem so insurmountable anymore, at least for awhile.

Though if I did learn one important fact in this collection, it's that most artistic and scientific fields historically have been overseen by, well... bigot
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All done and this book was AWESOME!!!!! The artwork is phenomenal and these stories are so inspiring. I had several favorites in this book and I really want to go through and do more reading about some of them. There's also a cool page at the back of the book that lists even more women throughout history that she didn't get to include in this volume. I hope the author is able or willing to do a sequel to this book and give us even more inspiring stories. I highly recommend this book to pretty mu ...more
Cam (justabookeater)
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

BRAZEN is a graphic novel I would have loved to have read when I was little. In school we're surrounded by male authority figures and rarely do we here in depth biographies of amazing women through out history.

This graphic novels gives us hundreds of pages, beautifully illustrated, of ladies who've kicked history's behind. I want every little girl out there; trans little girls, cis little girls, brown little g
This is just as amazing as the wonderful review by treasured GR friend David describes (and he knows his graphic novels-he is literally a subject matter expert in this area!). Read his review, which is at the top of the queue, to understand why this creative, whimsical, beautiful, yet substantive book rocks! It really is way different, and goes way deeper, than the others in its genre - just as David describes. This artist/author is so very talented.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, history, comics
This amazing work of comics introduces the lives of women, both famous and obscure, and the impact that they have had on society. The characterization of the women presented here is very strong. The personalities, thoughts, ambitions, and feelings of each historical figure come alive through this work. As someone who is deeply interested in history, I was surprised that there was quite a lot I could learn from this book, which is part of the message of this book--women have contributed a lot to ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have to say that this was a really one of a kind book to get. I bought this last year at the National Book Festival and was intrigued by it once I took a look inside. The graphic art pops and the stories are wonderful. I actually wanted even more information than I got once I got done with this.

I would say that you may want to read this over a couple of days/months. Trying to read it straight through like a book doesn't work. The table of contents that is included will allow you to jump around
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't have anything bad to say about this. I loved the illustrations, the colors.. oh and the stories about the ladies who rocked the world.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the art and I loved (most) of the stories! There were quite a few of them that made me tear up with pride that these women are a part of history, only wishing that more people knew their stories
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collections, french
I've seen so many of these types of books published now and they usually are the same thing. They have nice art, but they usually have a one page short bio of a woman you most likely heard about making their life seem like nothing bad ever happened. It gets repetitive and annoying. Do we really need ten similar books with the same woman?

This book changes that. This book, first of all, features woman that aren't really well know. Before hand, just looking at the names I only really knew of Joseph
I'm sure it's partially due to having a really tough week, but I got so emotional reading this book. There were several points throughout reading this today that I got choked up...I was so overwhelmed by the successes of these women, the obstacles they faced, their brains, their panache, their feistiness. I really enjoyed Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin', and after this, I am so solidly in Camp Bagieu, I need to track down all her work even if I can barely read it because it was never tr ...more
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
I freaking loved this! All the different stories about amazing women from around the world was so inspiring and empowering. I loved the format of this book too, the short graphic novel story of their lives followed by a full spread illustration. Recommend to everyone!
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been hearing this book was good for at least a year, but I was put off by the title and cover, which didn't really give me any idea of what to expect inside. Finally got it from the library to discover a series of short, witty, beautifully drawn comic biographies of women from all shorts of professions, backgrounds and eras. I think I had already read a couple of them online at one point or another. Some of the ones that really stood out to me where Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played ...more
Stewart Tame
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much better than I was expecting. I mean, I already love what I've seen of Pénélope Bagieu’s work, but I think this is her best book yet.

This is a collection of mini biographies--around five pages each--of women from around the world who, well, basically kicked ass. They achieved above and beyond what was generally perceived as the societal norm for their gender at that time. These stories come from many cultures around the world: Josephine Baker, Hedy Lamarr, Tove Jansson, Christine Jo
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a highly entertaining look at some lesser-known rebel ladies in history! The art work is vibrant and absolutely phenomenal. Each story, while obviously brief, is strong and full of humor. I adored this collection of unique women and their fascinating stories!

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There are a ton of books, of late, that are about famous women. And not to knock any of them, but after a while, all of them go over the same women. You get her Harriat Tubmans, and your Helen Kellers, and your Anne Franks.

This book doesn't go after the ladies you have heard about before, or if it does, it goes at them from a different angle. For example I knew about Hedy Lamarr, inventing a type of radar during world war II, but it never made sense, she being an actress. This telling, explains
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
In this wonderful illustrated novel, we are presented with a collection of 29 brief biographies, of various women through history, who displayed "The Right Stuff". Tough, smart, bold, courageous and wildly creative. There are a few women here, that are well-known but most of them have vanished into obscurity. Fortunately, Bagieu has brought them back into the spotlight. This will be one of the best GNs I will read this year. Highly recommended.
Molly Dettmann
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Bursts into song singing “I’m Every Woman” after finishing the book.*

Wow. What an incredible book. I laughed, I teared up, I felt wholeheartedly inspired. The artwork was gorgeous and the spreads in between each story need to be framed and put up all over my house. While I had heard of maybe 3-4 of these fantastic ladies I still learned more about them from this book. The ones I hadn’t heard of? I am so grateful to now have their stories of their badass accomplishments in my life. I cannot reco
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thumbnail biographical sketches of 29 women who did not let societal expectations keep them from doing what they wanted with their lives: each story is about 8 pages or so. A broad swath of women, mostly from 19th and 20th century, some will be known to readers, but many will not, just adding to the book's uniqueness. Each woman receives several panels that detail her life from birth to death with important milestones, and then, author/artist Baglieu concludes with a two-page colorful spread ide ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars Some of the women were more inspiring than others, but it was still interesting to learn about the different women, many of I hadn't heard of before.

Content: Some violence and lots of sexual content.
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Pénélope Bagieu, (born 22 January 1982 Paris), is a French illustrator and comic designer. She became known for her comic blog My quite fascinating life.

Penelope Bagieu graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economic and Social studies, she spent a year at ESAT Paris, then at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and then at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Multimedia and en

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Les Culottées (2 books)
  • Culottées #1 (Culottées, #1)
  • Culottées #2: Des femmes qui ne font que ce qu'elles veulent (Culottées, #2)

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