It began with a girl named Mary. She liked to daydream and imagine. And she grew up to write Frankenstein.
The inspirational true story of the great writer Mary Shelley, brought to life for children in this stunning picture book by multi-award winning author Linda Bailey and with beautiful illustrations from Júlia Sardà.
Mary loves stories, but the stories in her daydreams are far more thrilling than those in any book. After a troubled childhood, Mary runs away to Switzerland with the famous poet Percy Bysse Shelley, her step-sister in tow. One dark and stormy night at his house by the lake, they huddle around the fire, telling ghost stories. But Mary can imagine better than those! After learning about electricity that can make dead frogs twitch, she has a nightmare that triggers the birth of one of the greatest scary stories of all time: Frankenstein...
A perfect read for the very youngest aspiring writers, and for fans of Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell’s The Sleeper and the Spindle.
Praise for the illustrator: “Júlia Sardà's illustrations are dark, dream-like, detailed” THE TIMES
"This narrative non-fiction look at Mary's life promises to be a particularly atmospheric and stylish affair"
"A fascinating biography of Mary Shelley with luscious illustrations."
"In this wonderful tale of Mary Shelley, information is conveyed with a fittingly melodramatic touch and a visual style that borders on that of a graphic novel."
"Stunning... A perfect read for the very youngest aspiring writers"
"Exciting and empowering... Sardà’s illustrations superbly capture the tempestuous atmosphere and environment that acted as both backdrop and catalyst to Mary Shelley’s novel."