Weekly news: February 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Remember last week when I told you that I was tackling a new sweater knitting project and that all my previous sweater projects had failed? Well, I did it again folks! I finished the colour work on the sweater, and now I can’t seem to count the stitches properly. I always get a different number, and never the number I should be having according to the pattern. Well, I can tell that I’ve grown a bit because instead of getting upset and taking the whole thing down and telling myself that I’m such a failure, I’ve decided to take a break and come back to it in a few days. Growth, right there. Kindness to oneself is so difficult!

I’ve also been practising kindness to myself in my work this week. My inner dictator was particularly energetic and was there to criticize everything I did and also what I didn’t do. It’s quite impressive for her to have opinions on absolutely everything! When I noticed this, I wrapped myself in a metaphorical warm blanket, made sure I was okay and kept going. It’s not easy, it can be uncomfortable, but I’m glad I decided to trust myself and be kinder to myself instead of believing everything this inner dictator said. And guess what, I’ve actually started reworking the storyboard I was telling you about last week. And it wasn’t as scary as I made it to be in my head. And I’m excited to move forward with this book.

So, if your inner dictator is particularly present, here’s the permission to be kinder to yourself you’ve been waiting for. We’ve got this!

It must be official since there’s a real coupon! You can print it, leave a copy on your desk, in your wallet, give it to yourself or a friend!

New in store

This week, I’ve completed the Beltane card! This one was so fun to research because it is such a happy celebration. And extra stars to me for finishing it so much in advance!


I looooove this booook sooooo muuuuuuuch!!!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the last few days. The video is low-key, but the scenery is incredible, and I enjoyed it! I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Book review: Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà

Book Reviews

(En Français ici!)

I found this book a few years ago at the Festival de la BD de Montréal. I was instantly drawn to it because of the colours and illustration style. Today, I share Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, written by Linda Bailley and illustrated by Júlia Sardà. This one is another one of my favourite and even lives in a special part of my office so that it is always on hand.

As the title suggests, this book is an illustrated biography of Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein. This book is made for children 5 years old and up, but I think there’s something in there for everyone. The story starts when Mary is a little girl and follows her through her tumultuous life and the strange trip that resulted in her creating her famous monster. The writing is easy to follow but dives into different aspects of the writer’s life, and leaves the reader wanting to know more. I didn’t know much about Mary Shelley before stumbling upon this book, and after reading it many times, it made me curious enough to read other books about her. In any case, she had a very interesting life with which all readers will be able to identify.

I don’t think it’s possible to not be intrigued by the life of this great figure of Romantic times. Mary Shelley lived such an interesting life surrounded by other artists. What struck me most was how independent and willing to take risks she was. It is truly inspiring.

But, let’s focus on the book for a minute! As I mentioned above, what led me to this book is the illustration style. I particularly enjoy the dark and “burnt” colour palette that was used by Júlia Sardà. It creates a mysterious and ancient atmosphere that is perfect for a book on Frankenstein. I really enjoyed some of the double page illustrations like the one above that screamed movement and dynamism. You can imagine the scene and can practically hear young Mary screaming in the rain and wind… taking you with her!

Júlia Sardà also uses patterns in almost all of the pictures, but they don’t feel overly crowded or confusing. It adds a lot to the atmosphere of the book. I also really enjoy how recognizable her style is. Her characters are particularly expressive while also being funny and detailed.

Overall, this book is the perfect choice for any child who loves a good Gothic story, who is a Romantic, who likes spooky stories and mysterious circumstances, and who is intrigued by Frankenstein. However, I’d also recommend this book to everyone because it is a great introduction to the life of a great literary figure. I’d also give this book to all the little girls who might feel alone being daydreamers or in search of a strong female role model. With its truly magical illustrations, this book will become a treasure that will be read again and again.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà, Tundra books – Penguin Random House

Translated to French: Mary, auteure de Frankenstein, de Linda Bailey et Júlia Sardà, La Pastèque

Book review: Mary, auteure de Frankenstein, de Linda Bailey et Júlia Sardà

J’ai trouvé ce livre il y a quelques années au Festival de la BD de Montréal. Il m’a tout de suite attiré par les couleurs et le style d’illustration. Aujourd’hui, je partage le livre Mary auteure de Frankenstein, écrit par Linda Bailley et illustré par Júlia Sardà. Ce livre est un autre de mes préférés et il vit même dans une partie spéciale de mon bureau pour qu’il soit toujours à portée de main.

Comme le titre le suggère, ce livre est une biographie illustrée de Mary Shelley qui a écrit Frankenstein. Ce livre est destiné aux enfants de 5 ans et plus, mais je pense qu’il y a quelque chose pour tout le monde. L’histoire commence lorsque Mary est une petite fille et la suit à travers sa vie tumultueuse et l’étrange voyage qui l’a amenée à créer son célèbre monstre. L’écriture est facile à suivre mais plonge dans différents aspects de la vie de l’écrivain, et laisse le lecteur désireux d’en savoir plus. Je ne savais pas grand-chose sur Mary Shelley avant de tomber sur ce livre, et après l’avoir lu à plusieurs reprises, il m’a rendu assez curieuse pour lire d’autres livres à son sujet. En tout cas, elle a eu une vie très intéressante à laquelle tous les lecteurs pourront s’identifier.

Je ne pense pas qu’il soit possible de ne pas être intrigué par la vie de cette grande figure de l’époque romantique. Mary Shelley a vécu une vie si intéressante entourée d’autres artistes. Ce qui m’a le plus frappé, c’est son indépendance et sa capacité à prendre des risques. C’est vraiment inspirant.

Mais concentrons-nous sur le livre pendant une minute ! Comme je l’ai mentionné plus haut, ce qui m’a conduit à ce livre est le style d’illustration. J’aime particulièrement la palette de couleurs sombres et “brûlées” qui a été utilisée par Júlia Sardà. Elle crée une atmosphère mystérieuse et ancienne qui est parfaite pour un livre sur Frankenstein. J’ai beaucoup apprécié certaines des illustrations à double page comme celle ci-dessus qui criait dynamisme et mouvement. Vous pouvez imaginer la scène et vous pouvez pratiquement entendre la jeune Mary crier sous la pluie et dans le vent… en vous emmenant avec elle !

Júlia Sardà utilise également des motifs dans presque toutes les illustrations, mais celles-ci ne semblent pas trop chargées ou embrouillées. Au contraire, cela ajoute beaucoup à l’atmosphère du livre. J’aime aussi énormément le fait que son style soit reconnaissable. Ses personnages sont particulièrement expressifs tout en étant drôles et détaillés.

Dans l’ensemble, ce livre est le choix parfait pour tout enfant qui aime une bonne histoire gothique, qui est un romantique, qui aime les histoires effrayantes et les circonstances mystérieuses, et qui est intrigué par Frankenstein. Cependant, je recommande également ce livre à tout le monde parce qu’il constitue une excellente introduction à la vie d’un grand personnage littéraire. Je donnerais également ce livre à toutes les petites filles qui pourraient se sentir seules à rêvasser ou à la recherche d’un modèle féminin fort. Avec ses illustrations vraiment magiques, ce livre deviendra un trésor qui sera lu encore et encore.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà, Tundra books – Penguin Random House

Disponible en français: Mary, auteure de Frankenstein, de Linda Bailey et Júlia Sardà, La Pastèque