The Books

Honey Girl Books and Gifts publishes short illustrated books that

bring scholarly discoveries, and fresh versions of classic novels, to younger readers. Illustrated by young or up-and-coming artists, these books are unique collectors' items as well as a good read.

Our first book, The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate, illustrated by Karen Neis, was ranked by Amazon as #1 New Release in Children's European Historical Fiction, and #1 New Release in Children's European Biography (November 2018)! 

Watch for book #2, A Spooky Tale of Spring, or How the Grumpy Mom Got her Cheer Back, in fall-winter 2020! 

(Hint: it's a retelling of a favorite Dickens novel, with a Ghost Cat who visits its former owner and ushers in a night of useful terrors....) We're delighted to announce that Kiera Highsmith will illustrate A Spooky Tale.

The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate: A Possibly True Story of

the Monster's Origins is a ghost story, a Gothic novel for youngsters, and a

work of alternative history. It shows how Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, then age 19, could have got the inspiration to write her masterpiece Frankenstein during that fateful night on the banks of Lake Geneva. It makes a leap of imagination into

the past to unearth how the girl Mary could have read a French tale, published in 1790, that features an inventor named Frankénsteïn who makes a man-sized robot. Could the secret have been left behind in the papers of her mother, the amazing Mary Wollstonecraft?

Possibly true (and possibly not!), The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate was inspired by archival research, and includes historical and biographical notes by scholars of the French Revolution, Mary Shelley, and the thrilling Frankenstein.

The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate: A Possibly True Story of the Monster's Origins, by Julia Douthwaite Viglione, illustrated by Karen Neis, with biographical and historical notes by Eileen Hunt Botting and Greg Kucich. 35 pages, 33 color illus, ages 8 and up, available from Amazon now in paperback, Kindle, and hardcover

Also available at Seattle's best independent bookstores: Pegasus Book Exchange and Third Place Books in Ravenna, as well as the Country Store on Vashon Island!

Readers rave about The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate:

The story is fascinating, and the illustrations capture the haunting mood so well."
--Liz, Mishawaka, IN

The kids loved the book!
--Kathleen, Seattle, WA

Deluxe Book & Pillow Deal!  (English, French or Spanish version)

The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate book (hardcover in the language of your choice; signed by the author) 

& a Frankenstein Patchwork Pillow of your choice, only $64.99! 

Choice of three pillow models:

1) "Big Heart," 2) "Scary Thoughts," or 3) "Happy, happy creature!"

(See Literary Pillows page for details)

NEW French and Spanish versions!

Le Frankenstein du cageot à pommes, ou comment le monstre est né,

de source (presque) sûre, translated by Vincent Jauneau

Available now in hardcover on Amazon.fr

El Frankenstein de la caja de manzanas: 

Una historia posiblemente verdadera de los orígenes del monstruo,

translated by Jeremy Llanes Dela Cruz

Available now in hardcover on Amazon!

Or purchase them here! The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate: English original, French or Spanish translation, Hardback:  $19.99 each

Bilingual Book Package

Both Frankenstein books (English and French; or any combination),

hardcover, signed by the author.  

Now only $39.99

Honey Girl Books and Gifts LLC, Seattle WA 98116     juliawsea@gmail.com 
En France, contactez notre Directrice de vente: florence.barbinigras@gmail.com