Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Review: Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love


Title: Julian is a Mermaid
Author: Jessica Love
Publication Date: June 1st 2018 from Walker Books

Synopsis: "The day Julian sees three mesmerising women dressed up as mermaids, everything changes.
All he can think of is becoming a mermaid himself.

But what will Nana think?"

My thoughts: This is an absolute gem of a book. Gorgeously illustrated (I would be happy to have ANY of these illustrations up on my wall, and I really don't hang many things on the wall...), with a very sweet storyline and wonderful characters. There is minimal text within the book, as the illustrations do a lot of the work to.. well... illustrate what is going on, so it's very nearly a silent picture book, but not quite. What text is included is simple and flows well with everything else.

I may be a little outside of the realm of picture books, but I have never actually seen a picture book trying to deal with a topic such as gender-diversity or cross-dressing. And Jessica Love absolutely nails it. As someone who identifies as gender-fluid, I saw a part of myself in this book that I never really felt I had growing up. While I usually review picture books and then pass them onto people with young kids who can enjoy them... I think I will be keeping this one for myself. At least for a while!



{I received a review copy of this from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!!}


You would like this book if: You love beautifully illustrated and produced picture books, with supportive and lovely topics.

Rating:  10/10

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