Friday, October 26, 2018

Bedtime Story: Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey and Illustrated by Júlia Sardà

Read for: Children's Book Challenge & Frankenstein!

Synopsis: "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 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 seventeen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. She travels to Europe and surrounds herself with more poets and writers, including Lord Byron and John Polidori. On a stormy summer evening, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. After nine months of daydreaming, 21-year-old Mary Shelley's terrifying tale 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."

My Review: I kept seeing this book on Instagram and of course had to pick it up to go with the rest of my Frankenstein books. I do have to say that while it is great for my collection and other fans of the book, it may not be the best for young kids or kids who are sensitive to nightmares. The story itself isn't scary but some of the illustrations are a little spooky. I do like how it followed the possible influences that Mary encountered in daily life that went into creating the story of Frankenstein. In the back of the book it gives a lot more information as well.

My Rating: I really enjoyed this book and adding it to my Frankenstein collection but it was not a book for Munchkin, and may not be for a lot of sensitive kids, but yet it is a great way to introduce the story and Mary Shelley to a young audience who can handle it.  I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!


  1. My kids would not do well with this one.

    1. Munchkin either, it is a great book but definitely not for all kids.