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Julián Is a Mermaid

Julián Is a Mermaid

By Jessica Love

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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.

About the contributor(s)

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

Book details

ISBN: 9780763690458
Publisher: Candlewick
Date published:
Page count: 40
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / LGBTQ+, Juvenile Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, and Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
Ages: 4 to 8

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