Julián Is A Mermaid

Julián Is A Mermaid

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Winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award

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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780763690458
0763690457
Branch Call Number: j P GROWING LOVE J
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm

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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.

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LPL_MeredithW Aug 05, 2018

A sweet, beautifully illustrated story of family acceptance and joy.


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IndyPL_LindsayH Feb 06, 2019

This book is a an accurate and beautiful depiction of the African-American female form. I love the way the author portrays the grandmother and her friends in their colorful attire. in addition, her use of brown as the background color is soft on the eye and makes the bright colors of the characters pop.

Julian is a Mermaid is also a great LGBTQ choice for little ones. Julian wants to dress up as a female mermaid and instead of forbidding i,t as some might do, his grandmother lets him embrace it.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Beautifully illustrated story of a child expressing themself and being accepted by his family.

Hillsboro_ElenaG Dec 17, 2018

Julián sees some mermaid drag queens while out with his abuela, and starts dreaming of being a mermaid himself. The love and celebration Julián receives from his abuela when she finds him playing mermaid dress-up makes this book an absolute treasure.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

Julián is fabulous! What a positive message of imagination, individuality, and acceptance this picture book brings to light. At first I was worried that Julián's abuela would crush his desire to dress as a mermaid, as she is very much a no-nonsense grandmother, but I felt ALL the warm snugglies by the end. Abuela brings Julián to a seaside festival with a diverse collection of mermaids, including some drag queens, and you get the sense that he has found his tribe.

The illustrations in this book are stunning, and the character designs are so unique. I could stare at Abuela all day!

Hillsboro_ArynO Oct 19, 2018

Lovely illustrations and an equally lovely message in a story about being true to yourself and acceptance.

strangegazelle Oct 04, 2018

Echoing what everyone else here has already said, the illustrations are superb - taking advantage of a soft, sort-of-muted color palette. It's a sweet look at identity and self expression as well.

JCLBeckyC Sep 25, 2018

Luscious illustrations help tell the magical story of a boy who discovers something special about himself with the help of his beautiful abuela and some mesmerizing mermaids. Author Jessica Love's body positive picture book is a lesson in love of all shapes and sizes.

LPL_MeredithW Aug 05, 2018

A sweet, beautifully illustrated story of family acceptance and joy.

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Jul 27, 2018

Julian is a beautiful mermaid, and this is a beautiful book.

ArapahoeWinnie Jul 26, 2018

LOVED this book! Beautiful illustrations, few words and lots of opportunities to imagine. Very fun.

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