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She made a monster : how Mary Shelley created Frankenstein / by Lynn Fulton ; illustrated by Felicita Sala.
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How Mary Shelley created Frankenstein.
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9780525579618
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First edition.
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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. She longed to follow the path her own mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had started down, but young Mary Shelley had yet to be inspired. As the night wore on, Mary grew more anxious. The next day was the deadline that her friend, the poet Lord Byron, had set for writing the best ghost story. After much talk of science and the secrets of life, Mary had gone to bed exhausted and frustrated that nothing she could think of was scary enough. But as she drifted off to sleep, she dreamed of a man that was not a man. He was a monster.
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Summary

On the bicentennial of Frankenstein, join Mary Shelley on the night she created the most frightening monster the world has ever seen.

On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. She longed to follow the path her own mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had started down, but young Mary Shelley had yet to be inspired.

As the night wore on, Mary grew more anxious. The next day was the deadline that her friend, the poet Lord Byron, had set for writing the best ghost story. After much talk of science and the secrets of life, Mary had gone to bed exhausted and frustrated that nothing she could think of was scary enough. But as she drifted off to sleep, she dreamed of a man that was not a man. He was a monster.

This fascinating story gives readers insight into the tale behind one of the world's most celebrated novels and the creation of an indelible figure that is recognizable to readers of all ages.

"Eye-catching artwork and engaging storytelling give this biography of a fascinating woman even more appeal."-- Booklist


Author Notes

Lynn Fulton loves reading and writing so much that she got a PhD in English. She has worked as an insurance investigator, middle school teacher, and writing tutor, and has had numerous hobbies besides writing books, such as painting pictures, designing T-shirts, practicing German, trying to learn Spanish, and playing terrible piano. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and teenage son, plus a dog, cat, and bunny.

Felicita Sala is a self-taught illustrator who studied philosophy at the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects, but her passion is making picture books. Her previous books include Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez and I Don't Draw, I Color! by Adam Lehrhaupt. Felicita lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter. Visit her online at FelicitaSala.com. Follow her on Twitter at @felicitasala and Instagram at @felicita.sala.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Inspired by Mary Shelley's introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, this imagining of the classic's creation acquaints readers to a true story of literary ingenuity. Two hundred years ago, a young Mary, dreaming of becoming a writer, visited the poet Lord Byron on the shore of Lake Geneva with her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and other friends. A competition to write the best ghost story, a conversation about electricity being used to reanimate a frog, and a haunting dream spur Shelley's imagination until she finds her ghost story and sets about writing it. Moody illustrations by Sala, in jewel tones and shades of gray, mimic the atmosphere of Shelley's best-known novel. A note from debut author Fulton explains included details that are not directly noted in the source material. This is a useful introduction to Shelley and a valuable touchstone for discussions about persistence and the creative process. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton; illus. by Felicita SalaPrimary Knopf 40 pp. gTwo hundred years ago, twenty-year-old Mary Shelley (17971851) anonymously published the first modern science-fiction novel: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Shelley supposedly first conceived of her mad scientist and his creation two years before, on a sleepless night after being challenged by her friend Lord Byron to write a ghost story. However, she was heavily influenced by a life already full of experiences, scientific interest, heartbreak, and scandal, the last of which both picture books mostly gloss over for their young audiences. In their respective accounts, Bailey and Fulton each relate that seminal evening and weave in formative events that possibly helped inspire Shelleys masterpiece. Baileys more in-depth volume is framed by her subjects penchant for dreaming, and serves as a solid introduction to Shelley. Baileys readers will likely linger over Sards decorative watercolor and digital illustrations in a macabre style featuring sharp-edged, ghostly-looking characters. In contrast, Fulton excels at capturing the spirit of Shelleys novel. Like a scary story told around a campfire, Fultons short, descriptive passages and occasional fictionalized dialogue set the mood, build suspense, and drive her focused retelling of that night. Nicely complementing Fultons tale are Salas striking watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil illustrations, which display a gothic sensibility, with angular features and a dark color palette containing shocks of white for dramatic effect. Each book concludes with an authors note providing sources and containing additional information about Shelleys life and her famous novel. cynthia k. ritter(c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.