Goodreads: Diana and Nubia
Series: Diana: Princess of the Amazons #2
Age Category: Middle Grade
Expected Publication: 2022
Nubia loves living on Themyscira, but it does get lonely being the only kid. Then she makes a wish to Hera–and the next day wakes up with a stranger in her room–Diana, who claims she is the princess of Themyscira! Worse, their mothers seem to think that both girls have existed there as sisters all along. The two will have to work together to make things right. But what if it means losing the first friend they have had?
Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons is a cute graphic novel about being sisters. Diana and Nubia start their relationship feeling competitive, and like the other is an interloper in their life. As time progresses, however, the two see how well they work together–and how much fun they can have. The focus remains on the relationship between the two, brushing aside bigger questions about the nature of the worlds and the potential consequences of their actions. I do not think younger readers will read too much into the backstory, however, and instead will find both the story and the artwork absolutely adorable.
In many ways, I think Victoria Ying’s illustrations really make the book. The story is not particularly original, though it is fun to see Diana and Nubia interact with each other. What really makes the book stand out is just how cute the pictures are! Both Nubia and Diana are drawn as the sweetest little characters–and their big, emotive reactions to everything that happens is the icing on the cake. Truly, I picked up this sequel for the artwork more than anything else. As much as I have liked Shannon Hale’s books in the past, I have found her newer ones to be a bit standard. Not bad, but not standouts.
The plot is arguably very kid-friendly, though, as an adult, I found it a little lackluster. Hera promises Diana and Nubia that the two have to complete a challenging quest. However, they do it very easily, with only a big scene of a mountain climb and a monster at the very end to hint of any danger. Really, they are merely engaged in a scavenger hunt. I do not doubt that this will appeal to kids and that it seems age appropriate. I just think that if Hera promises a challenge, the two should be shown struggling more.
On the whole, however, Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons is a delightful graphic novel. And I am sure it will be especially beloved by readers in the targeted age range.
2 thoughts on “Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, Illustrated by Victoria Ying”
Yeah that does sound easy for a challenging quest but looks like it is still enjoyable for age group.
Yeah, I don’t think kids will question it too much!
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