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Julian Is a Mermaid

Written & illustrated by Jessica Love
Published by Candlewick Press
5.5 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.5 / 5.0
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May 22, 2018
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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, Julián 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 Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow 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 Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

What Kind of Book is Julian Is a Mermaid

Quotes from This Book

  • “Abuela, did you see the mermaids?”
  • “Abuela, I am also a mermaid.”

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5.5 / 7.0

This book celebrates liking different things, breaks down gender norms and shows how wonderful it is to just be yourself.

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Who Wrote Julian Is a Mermaid

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Jessica Love

Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. She lives in New York.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
May 22, 2018
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Godlike.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were done in watercolor, gouache, and ink.
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