Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

Linda Bailey, illus. JuAlia Sarda. Tundra, $17.99 (56p) ISBN 978-1-770-49559-3
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.)
Reviewed on: 08/06/2018
Release date: 08/28/2018
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