I Am Wonder Woman, I Can Read, Erin K. Stein , Rick Farley

I Can Read: I Am Wonder Woman

Still think that Wonder Woman’s Greek myth origins are “too complicated” for the silver screen, movie execs? I Can Read: I Am Wonder Woman gets down to the brass tacks, explaining Diana’s story so cogently even a five-year-old could follow. (Mine certainly did.)

The early reader covers the basics: Paradise Island, princess, Amazons, Gods-given powers. But it also throws in the magic truth-inducing magic lasso, Wonder Woman’s invisible jet, her civilian identity, and even her friendship with Superman and Batman—all in fewer than 32 pages, most comprising pithy sentences.

I Am Wonder Woman, I Can Read, Erin K. Stein , Rick Farley

Although the book doesn’t delve into her pre-“New 52” clay-figure-brought-to-life backstory, nor her current standing as the demigoddess daughter of Zeus, Wonder Woman remains the same Man’s World emissary who defined the archetype of the “warrior princess.”

I Am Wonder Woman, I Can Read, Erin K. Stein , Rick Farley

“Not every crime is easy to stop,” Diana tells us. “I must be prepared for anything, even mythical beasts.”

After all, she is Wonder Woman.

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I Can Read: I Am Wonder Woman
Written by Erin K. Stein, illustrated by Rick Farley
32 pp. HarperCollins. $4.99.
(Picture book; ages 4-8)

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