childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Q & A on Deborah Kalb’s Blog!

I really enjoyed answering these questions on the blog of Deborah Kalb, a children's book author and journalist. She asked me why I decided to write about Mary Shelley and what I think kids will get out of the story of She Made a Monster, among other things. She also asked me what I'm working… Continue reading Q & A on Deborah Kalb’s Blog!

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Getting ready for a busy weekend!

Tomorrow--SCHOOL VISITS in Fremont.  Saturday: VALLEJO FRANKENFEST with Trick-or-Treating downtown for the kiddos. I'll be at the Vallejo Bookstore at 11 AM, then back to Pleasant Hill for the FALL FINE ART SHOW! (in the pic at left, mine are the peppers and the cup full of pencils, but I'll be showing abstracts at the fair, plus… Continue reading Getting ready for a busy weekend!

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Out & About

Yesterday I was in San Francisco to help out with storytime at the beautiful Charlie's Corner bookstore, where they had a fantastic window display featuring SMAM (I love saying this abbreviation for my book title: "Smam! Smam, lovely Smam!"), and guess what, later on we walked past a different bookstore, and they had SMAM in… Continue reading Out & About

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

How Mary Shelley Made a Monster, in her own words–Part 3

Better late than never... here at last is the final installment! Mary realizes that her imaginative vision has finally presented her with a story... I opened mine in terror. The idea so possessed my mind, that a thrill of fear ran through me, and I wished to exchange the ghastly image of my fancy for… Continue reading How Mary Shelley Made a Monster, in her own words–Part 3

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 2

Here's more from Mary Shelley's 1831 Introduction, telling how she "then a young girl, came to think of and to dilate upon so very hideous an idea"... Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley, to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines… Continue reading How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 2

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, women's writing, writing

How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 1.

To mark only TWO MONTHS until publication, I want to let Mary Shelley tell in her own words how she made a monster.  This is the story as she tells it in her introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein. Since it's a bit long, I'm going to divide it up into a few separate posts.… Continue reading How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 1.

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Getting Closer… and, Reviews!

Only 3 months to go til publication, plus SHE MADE A MONSTER has already gotten a couple of really nice reviews! From Booklist: "Eye-catching artwork and engaging storytelling give this biography of a fascinating woman even more appeal." And Kirkus: "An elegant picture book that will signal to young readers that there is more to the… Continue reading Getting Closer… and, Reviews!