November 29, 2018

#BookReview: Mary's Monster by @LitaJudge

About the Book:

A young adult biography of Frankenstein's profound young author, Mary Shelley, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its publication, told through free verse and 300+ full-bleed illustrations.

Mary Shelley first began penning Frankenstein as part of a dare to write a ghost story, but the seeds of that story were planted long before that night. 

Mary, just nineteen years old at the time, had been living on her own for three years and had already lost a baby days after birth. She was deeply in love with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a mad man who both enthralled and terrified her, and her relationship with him was rife with scandal and ridicule. 

But rather than let it crush her, Mary fueled her grief, pain, and passion into a book that the world has still not forgotten 200 years later.

Dark, intense, and beautiful, this free-verse novel with over 300 pages of gorgeous black-and-white watercolor illustrations is a unique and unforgettable depiction of one of the greatest authors of all time.



Lita Judge is the award winning author and illustrator of 22 fiction and nonfiction books including Mary’s Monster, a YA novel about Mary Shelley and the creation of Frankenstein. Her picture books include Born in the Wild, Red Sled, Hoot and Peep, and One Thousand Tracings, winner of the International Reading Association Award and an ALA Notable Book. Her book, Flight School, was adapted into an off-Broadway musical and is currently running in New York and China. She lives in Peterborough, NH. www.litajudge.net



Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Non-fiction Biography



My Review: When I grabbed this book I thought it was a story. And don't get me wrong it is but, I thought it was a normal format story and this one is not that. It is a beyond gorgeous graphic novel in verse about the life of Mary Shelley with some of the most beautiful charcoal drawings on every page.  Although the way this book was written really wasn't for me I did enjoy it for the most part.  This is a beautifully written story with graphics and would be great for any lover of books set in verse, people who love Mary Shelley, and those who love charcoal drawlings.

This was a very quick read and I really enjoyed the author's note in the start of the book that gave us information about Mary Shelley.


Go Into This One Knowing: Books in Verse, Graphic Novel, Charcol Drawlings
 








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