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, Julin 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 Julin gets home, daydreaming of the magic hes seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle 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 Julin sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Loves author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality....
|Title||:||Julián Is a Mermaid|
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Julián Is a Mermaid Reviews
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.
Beautiful illustrations and sweet reaffirming story about curiosity, identity, and love.
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.
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-l ...more
Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner
The art in this one nearly made me swoon. I read this to groups of grade 3/4 students this week and am happy that the only thing that made a few of the boys uncomfortable was seeing Julián in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching.
Love love love Julián and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations.
Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid.