Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770495593
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 202,630
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

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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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an early copy from NetGalley. Thanks! This short little book contains a great story based off the real-life Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein). Like her own work, this story is a bit Gothic and spooky--both in the text (describing how Mary used to spend her time with her mother's grave) and in the illustrations (which are both beautiful and scary). I could see this book appealing very much to kids who are a bit Goth themselves, who like to read about creativity cast in a dark and stormy night type vibe. For that type of reader, this does a great job of capturing the atmosphere one might expect from Mary Shelley's life without getting too grim into the details. (I was a bit surprised, for instance, that in the author's note at the end there was no mention that Mary Shelley rewrote Frankenstein several times throughout her life, and each time it grew more hopeless--but perhaps that was left out for the sake of length or the sake of letting Mary have a semi-happy-ish ending.) I think for more sensitive readers, or ones who are easily spooked, this might be a bit too dark. If parents/gatekeepers are worried about that, they should definitely read it themselves before passing it on. But I feel that this was written for kids who picnic in cemeteries (*coughmecough*) and agree with the Doctor Who quote: "Sad is happy for deep people." For that audience, I think it's an excellent fit.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I have never read Frankenstein. I tried to read it a few years ago, but I couldn’t get into it. However, I loved this book. I didn’t realize that Mary Shelley was so young when she wrote the novel. She was only 18 years old! The story was born from a challenge given to a few friends on a trip. They were tasked with writing a ghost story, and Mary’s was so good that it is still talked about more than a century later! The art in this book was very cool. The illustrations looked like patchwork. The colours were very dark, which suits the subject matter. This children’s story about Mary Shelley’s life is great. It has inspired me to try reading Frankenstein again. I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Moriah Conant More than 1 year ago
This book is gorgeous!! The illustrations perfectly complement the story and the book is perfect for kiddos maybe 8+. It describes the life story of Mary Shelley, a woman too bold, talented, and educated for her time. Mary was an incredibly talented woman and this book is a beautiful tribute to her. Be warned, for kids who don't like scary things there are ghosts and pictures of the Frankenstein monster. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve yet to read Frankenstein (it’s on my list, I swear!), but I couldn’t resist putting my name in for an illustrated children’s book about Mary Shelley. August 30th marks Shelley’s birthday, and with a release date of August 28, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein comes at a perfect time. This is a lavishly illustrated tale that gives a brief history of Mary’s life and how she came to write Frankenstein and I learned a lot. Of course, I knew next to nothing about Mary to begin with – but that’s why I love books like this. While this book is intended for a younger audience, it’s a great way to learn a few quick facts while enjoying excellent artwork. In just over 50 pages, Bailey details Mary’s childhood and loss of her mother, brief exile to Scotland, whirlwind romance with Shelley and her inspiration for her novel thanks to ghost stories ready by the poet Bryon and her vivid dreams. The color palette used by Sarda (whose style you may recognize from The Liszts) is deep and rich and lends to the creepy atmosphere. Bailey includes a few pages of more detailed information about Mary’s life and the inspiration behind this book.
ReadWriteSparkleCoffee More than 1 year ago
Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, is a biographical book written about the life of Mary Shelley for children by Linda Bailey. This summer, while studying for the Praxis English Middle School Examination, I first learned of how the story of Frankenstein came to be and how it tremendously differs from today's green faced monster with bolts in his neck! I love how Bailey introduces this woman behind the creation of Frankenstein and how society was unaccepting of the horror story and was unbelieving of who the story was written by. This young girl, could not possibly have written such a thing; how did she even come about it? Although, the information shared about the writer and the story was true; which provides an example to our students that young people can do incredible things too. The stories that we dream about, create in class, and make up out on the playground could be the next timeless classic novel. Nobody really knows until they try. It has been 200 years since Mary Shelley published the book of Frankenstein and we are still discussing it! From the publisher: 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. I received an Advanced Digital Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley & Tundra Books in exchange for my honest review. This book will be released today, August 28, 2018.
TeresaReviews More than 1 year ago
(Recieved from NetGalley for an honest review). This book is written in a narrative format sowing some key events of Mary Shelley's life as a child and some of her inspirations in becoming a writer and prominent female figure of her time. I really like the references to other literary thinkers/works that Mary would have interacted with, such as her own mother (Mary Wollstonecraft) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It shows some of the struggle for a young girl to be such a bright thinker during the time period, although not necessarily unheard of. The facts from Mary Shelley's life are illustrated with unique images on every page as well as prose that makes this book feel more fictional, even though it's definitely a biography. My specialty of study is the British Romantic period, and some personal favorite writers of mine are Coleridge (I loved the illustration with the "Rhyme" reference), Mary Shelley, and Percy Shelley. Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels, and I thought this book was so pleasantly put together that I think it would definitely be a fun introduction to a Frankenstein or British Literature unit in high school, regardless of grade level. Seniors love the chance to have a picture book read to them in class, and this book give excellent context about the time period and the writer herself, making it the perfect unit intro. There's also a really nice author's note at the end that talks about the origin of the information, true information first told by Mary Shelley herself to answer questions about the writing process and how it affected her as a young woman. Whether you are using this book as a classroom tool or reading it for fun, anyone of any age can find enjoyment in it!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein tells the story of how it came to be written, in words and pictures. Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley's mother died when Mary was 11 days old but in her earlier life had been an author and feminist. Young Mary ran away and married poet Percy Shelley. As they traveled, . they met the famous Lord Byron at a house party, there was a challenge to write a ghost story. Mary had a dream about animating the dead and this is how Frankenstein's monster was born. Mary suffered much loss as she got older. It's a great book for young adults and adults as well. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.