Julián Is A MermaidBook - 2018
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.
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Stonewall Book Award
If you've ever felt like a mermaid, but have never found a tail instead of legs when you hop in the bath, then Julian is a Mermaid is for you. With sparse text and the most magical illustrations, you along with Julian will realize that perhaps your inner mermaid has been with you all along.
LPL_MeredithW Aug 05, 2018
A sweet, beautifully illustrated story of family acceptance and joy.