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Julian Is a Mermaid Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-05 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0763690457
LANGUAGE:English

" Beautiful illustrations and sweet reaffirming story about curiosity, identity, and love. " 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.

" After Julián, a young Afro-Latinx child, sees three fabulous people dressed as mermaids, he creates his own costume. When Abuela discovers this, will she support him or chastise him? In this delightful story, Julian's grandmother embraces his creativity, helping him complete the outfit, and then proudly taking him to a parade. This story delights readers and never becomes too preachy, staying rooted in the joy of imagination and the importance of being seen and recognized. " 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 absolutely love this book. I'm crying. I have never read a picture book quite like this. The beauty, the femmeness, everyone in this book is so beautiful. I feel like this book is really important because not only does Julian's grandmother really support them in their beauty and femmeness, but while society provides so many negative images of WOC / FOC, this books is really focused on the beauty some of the characters really put into their looks in such a positive light. My heart was glowing the whole time I was reading this. I wish I had read this one when I was a little kid!" said.

"A stunner, right down to the endpapers. There's broad appeal in the imaginative play/dress-up angle, plus very specific, vital appeal for gender-nonconforming kids who see themselves in Julian (and who may not have families as supportive as Julian's abuela). Read it and share it widely!

Also: PLEEEEASE let this be on the 2019 Caldecott roster. I wanna see photos of everyone at that awards banquet dressed in glorious mermaid finery.

PS Don't miss the tiny dogs in lobster costumes on the second-to-last spread.
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" I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I wish it were 5 or six pages longer! " said.

" Holy sh--! This book is incredible! 10 stars.But really, an inclusive, diverse and gorgeously rendered picturebook in watercolor and gouache that needs few words to display its magnificence. Truly.All the awards. " said.

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