Julian Is a Mermaid Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"There is a great deal to be said for being yourself, an individual in your own right with all your colours on show. And this book absolutely epitomises that in all the very best ways.

Julian sees three beautiful women dressed as mermaids and becomes utterly captivated with them - so much so that he is intent on becoming a mermaid himself. He has a little helpful from his Nana and soon Julian is able to dress up and join in with his three mermaid idols.

What I enjoyed even more so than the obvious message here is that there is more showing than telling. The book consists largely only of pictures, with three of four pages at a time consisting only of pictures instead of any narrative. This really works for embracing the story and showcasing the importance of what has been drawn for young readers to see - and oh my goodness, those drawings are really stunning.

I love the colours, the message and most importantly Julian's creativity. This book is great - it's a real shame it doesn't have a larger story because it is particularly brief, even for a picture book.

ARC provided free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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" Beautiful illustrations and sweet reaffirming story about curiosity, identity, and love. " said.

" Stunning. On so many levels. Beautifully full of heart and acceptance and family and love and joy. I could pour over these illustrations over and over and never tire of it. " said.

" 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. " said.

" It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. " said.

" Love love love Julián and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. " said.

" 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! " said.

" 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. " said.

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