Everyone is familiar with Mary Shelley's classic novel, but no one has read it like this! Frankenstein is the long celebrated gothic tale of a science experiment gone awry. But in this brand-new edition, Shelley's haunting horror story is transformed with the addition of steampunk-inspired art.
With elaborate full-color illustrations throughout, this is a truly unique interpretation of Frankenstein. It's a fresh look at a classic story, spiked with gadgets, fashion, and steam-powered machinery inspired by the hottest trend in science-fiction. Releasing just in time for summer reading, teens will enjoy this classic novel with an awesome steampunk twist!
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Zdenko Basic is the illustrator of many books for children including Seven Sorcerers, The Dream Dealer, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the first book in our Steampunk series, Steampunk: Poe. He is the director of the critically acclaimed short film Guliver and was the recipient of the 2008 Grigor Vitez award for Best Illustration in Children's Books. Basic also received the 2009 Croation Association of Artists of Applied Arts award for Best Young Artist.
Manuel Sumberac has often worked in conjunction with Zdenko Basic to create works of art, including the short film Guliver and as co-illustrator for the first book in our Steampunk series, Steampunk: Poe. He recently served as the sole director and producer of the short film Escargot.From School Library Journal:
Gr 9 Up-Steampunk...Frankenstein combines the third edition of Mary Shelley's book with new illustrations. The introduction does an excellent job of explaining the choice of manuscript-the third edition was the first to include a personal introduction by the author-as well as the reasoning behind the marriage of the classic sci-fi novel and the gothic/Victorian style of art. The personal introduction by Shelley provides the necessary context to set the stage for the highly atmospheric quality of this unique edition. The classic tale tells of Dr. Frankenstein's discovery of the essence of life and creation of an animated being that later becomes a rampaging monster. Traditionally known as the precursor to the modern science fiction genre, it was written with the flowery language and richly descriptive style typical of that time period. The dramatic nature of the story pairs well with the richly hued style of art found throughout. However, the serious nature of the plot is not always complemented by the bespectacled figures featured in the accompanying illustrations. For those uninitiated to the steampunk style, the characters could simply look like goofy individuals in goggles. While fans of steampunk will likely enjoy this offering, this title will not win any new converts to the genre. Readers who enjoy classic literature will love this story with or without illustrations, so this book is strictly an additional purchase.-Sunnie Sette, New Haven Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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