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Mary who wrote Frankenstein / written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Júlia Sardà.
ISBN:
9781770495593
Publication Information:
[Toronto] : Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, [2018]

©2018
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little girl who learns to read by tracing the letters on the tombstone of her famous feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of sixteen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. Two years later, they travel to Switzerland where they meet a famous poet, Lord Byron. On a stormy summer evening, with five young people gathered around a fire, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. A year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, is published -- a novel that goes on to become the most enduring monster story ever and one of the most popular legends of all time. A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.
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The inspiring story of the girl behind one of the greatest novels -- and monsters -- ever, perfectly timed for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein . For fans for picture book biographies such as I Dissent or She Persisted .

How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little girl who learns to read by tracing the letters on the tombstone of her famous feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of sixteen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. Two years later, they travel to Switzerland where they meet a famous poet, Lord Byron. On a stormy summer evening, with five young people gathered around a fire, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. A year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus , is published -- a novel that goes on to become the most enduring monster story ever and one of the most popular legends of all time.

A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.


Author Notes

LINDA BAILEY is an award-winning author who has written more than thirty books for children, including Carson Crosses Canada, Under-the-Bed Fred, The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library and Seven Dead Pirates. She has won the Blue Spruce Award, the California Young Reader Medal and the Georgia Storybook Award, among others. Like Mary, she has been building "castles in the air" all her life. She lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

JÚLIA SARDÀ is an artist who has illustrated many books for children, including The Liszts by Kyo Maclear, and number of classics such as Alice in Wonderland , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . Her work has been published around the world in many languages. She lives in Barcelona, Spain.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This biographical depiction of Mary Shelley's young life explores how writers create, synthesizing ideas from experiences and imagination. Throughout, Bailey emphasizes her strong spirit and penchant for daydreams as she traces how formative circumstances helped move Shelley to write: the early loss of her mother, a great thinker and advocate for women's equality; meeting frequent visitors to her childhood home, including philosophers, artists, and scientists; living with a family of strangers in Scotland; running away with her stepsister, Claire, and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her eventual husband; and visiting Switzerland with Claire, Shelley, the poet Lord Byron, and doctor and writer John Polidori. Sard's distinctive angular illustrations are rife with thoughtful period detail and patterns in rich tones, evoking an appropriately maudlin mood while showcasing how Shelley's life was a catalyst to art and creativity--and, perhaps, the birth of science fiction. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) © 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.