My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to get our hands on a fantastic book called ‘What Would She Do? Real-life Stories of 25 Rebel Women Who Changed The World’. A beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book about strong resilient women – what’s not to love?!
Have you read my latest review on this gorgeous book? If not, head over here, to see why this should be next on your ‘to be read’ list!
I had the opportunity to ask Kay Woodward some questions for my readers and give us her thoughts! Thank you Kay for taking out the time for us! I know you are probably feverishly writing your next fabulous book!
About the Author
Kay Woodward has written over 150 books for children. Her fiction includes The not-so-brave knight, Sleeping Handsome and the Princess Engineer, the novel Jane Airhead and the Skate School series.
She’s recently written three Hatchimals’ storybooks and helped the intrepid Ernest Penfold to record his adventures with Danger Mouse in Licence to chill and Are we nearly there, yeti?
She’s also responsible for so many joke books that it’s just not funny. Writing as Kay Barnham, her non-fiction includes the brand new Look and Wonder series – beautifully illustrated by Maddie Frost – and titles in the Truth or Busted series, featuring You can overpower a crocodile with an elastic band! She is married to a civil engineer, who comes in very handy when she’s writing books like Brilliant Bridges and she has one daughter.
Kay: Everyone involved with this book was keen to make sure that we included a dazzling array of amazing women. So they come from different eras and different cultures and have different backgrounds, different fields of expertise and, most importantly, different stories. We hope there’s a woman to inspire every reader, whether that’s a computer whizzkid, a scientist, an aviator, an astronaut, a mountaineer, a chess player, an architect or a conservationist. There are three Nobel Prize winners too, FYI. The one thing these women have in common is that they’ve refused to leave it up to men to make history. Oh, and they’re fab. We could easily have included 250 more, but then I’d still be writing it.
The illustrations have come together beautifully. Who did the illustrations?
Kay: Not me! There were eight illustrators involved and the combination of wonderfully varied styles makes the book truly unique, I think.
When I was growing up, I gobbled up everything by Enid Blyton, Malcolm Saville, Eleanor M Brent-Dyer and whatever else there was on the just-returned shelf at the library.
When writing, I avoid stereotypes and in Sleeping Handsome and the Princess Engineer, I flipped them. Here, it’s the prince who sleeps for a hundred years and the clever princess who rescues him.
Quick fire round (pick one)
-Paperback, Hardcover or ebook
Eeeeeek. e-book. (But I couldn’t do without paperbacks and hardbacks on a shelf, just to look at.)
-Cupcakes or Scones
Scones, with butter and jam and clotted cream.
-Home cooked or Take-out
It depends who’s home-cooking it.
-Pictionary or Charades
– Phone call or text
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Until next time! Happy Reading!