Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein
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 her mother's tombstone and whose only escape from he ...more
This illustrated novel reminds us of how the story came to be for a young eighteen year old runaway girl with a monstrous dream and amazing imagination.
As for the graphics....so...more
The images in this picture book are dark and wonderful. The story of her life, and imagination are just as wonderful. Sad but wonderful.
I am happy to see the author's sources listed in the back, I now have more reading material to look in to. ...more
I love the way it told the story of Mary Shelley and how Frankenstein came about. It gave the reader enough of a glimpse into her life, but also for one to want to do their own research about it.
Coupled with the gorgeous illustrations, it made for a great, haunting children’s book.
Thank you to Andersen Press for a copy of this book.
This is the story of how Mary Shelley came to write her still-popular story, Frankenstein. It will appeal to Mary Shelley fans of any age and is an excellent example of a biography for new readers. Linda Bailey's note at the back of the book is very informative, but I suspect that ...more
The author is clearly impressed with Mary Shelley and her imagination. Obviously the "scandalous" aspects of Mary's life aren't covered in this biography, as well as her many creative efforts subsequent to the creation of her classic work.
The illustrations accompanying this book are gorgeous. I'm a f ...more
I always love it when picture books can teach me things I didn't know before. The information in this book may be basic, but I'd never really read much about Mary Shelley. The story of how she came up with the idea of her classic book is intriguing. The stylized illustrations fit the dark tone of the book quite well, and I really enjoyed looking ...more
The bookend illustrations of young Mary and older Mary dreaming while wake, surrounded by books, are wonderful ...more
In the opening pages I wasn’t sure that Linda Bailey’s (a Canadian!) story of Mary Shelley was kid appropriate. Also kno ...more
Thank you to the author, Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.
Mary's mother was a great thinker. She wrote books to say that women should have the same rights as men. She dies when Mary was only eleven days old.
Can you miss someone you've never known?
Excellently done! This sure creates an atmosphere with its evocative prose and brooding illustrations.
There are a few details that I'm going to have to check up on; for one thing, this doesn't talk about the fact ...more
The beauty of the artwork, combined with Bailey's simple prose, and the book’s overall brevity, make this an enjoyable glimpse of a fascina ...more
I knew the story already, had studied a bit of the literary importance of Mary’s work in a class about gothic; but this children biography is really well made and the simplification doesn’t take away one bit of the feminist comment or of the poetic allusions one can make about it.
For years, I dabbled with writing. But I didn't begin to write in earnest until ...more