In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julin notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julin gets home, daydreaming of the magic hes seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julin sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Loves author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality....
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Julián Is a Mermaid Reviews
Love. Love. Love.
Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) should read; it celebrates individuality with a unique take that can only be found in NYC. Long story short, you should run out and buy this beautiful book for the child in your life!
(5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way.
When you walk into another person’s home, there’s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smells just like their previous place of occupancy, with just a twinge of difference. It is this experience of walking into a house and being overwhelmed by the sense of the place that I hope for in my picture books. When ...more
I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be.
Love everything about this book. An Afro Latinx protagonist. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid and has an affirming abuela. Love love love. And lovely illustrations to boot.
This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and heartfelt. Enjoy!
Love love love Julián and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations.