Mary who wrote Frankenstein

by Bailey, Linda, 1948-

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j PR5398.B35 2018x
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction J 92 SHELLEY
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92S SHELLEY Bai
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J 823.7 BAILE
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B SHELLEY
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B SHELLEY
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Oversize j q 92 SHE
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Though youngsters won't yet have delved into Mary Shelley's gothic horror classic, most will have been exposed to her piecemeal monster. Riffs such as Adam Rex's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (2006), Patrick McDonnell's The Monsters' Monster (2012), and Michael Hall's Frankencrayon (2016) are just a few of the picture books starring Shelley's creation; and let's not forget Jim Benton's Franny K. Stein series or Tim Burton's Frankenweenie film. Viewed in this eerie light, a picture-book biography on Shelley herself doesn't seem out of place, especially one so stunning as this. Bailey relates Shelley's childhood, rebellious adolescence, and participation in the now-famous writing competition that spawned the mad Dr. Frankenstein and his monster as a fantastic story in its own right. Her writing is warm and inclusive, posing occasional questions directly to the reader and establishing Shelley as a spirited dreamer. No less astonishing are Sardà's folk art-style illustrations, which employ deep, moody hues burgundy, plum, black, gray, and midnight blue to create hauntingly detailed scenes. Ghostly monsters waft through people's imaginations; dense trees lean and reach their branches toward Shelley's passing carriage; a dead frog sits upright when zapped with electricity. Readers will revel in this artful portrait of a celebrated young author and better appreciate the true brains behind the operation. A thorough afterword offers more details of Shelley's life.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
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."
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Additional Information
Subjects Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, -- 1797-1851 -- Juvenile literature.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, -- 1797-1851. -- Frankenstein.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, -- 1797-1851.
Women authors, English -- 19th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, English -- 19th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, English.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher [Toronto] :2018
Contributors Sardà, Júlia, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781770495593
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