Julián Is a Mermaid

Julián Is a Mermaid

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, In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle ...

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Title:Julián Is a Mermaid
Author:Jessica Love
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0763690457
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Julián Is a Mermaid Reviews

  • Wealhtheow
    Jan 07, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

    It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. ...

  • Betsy
    Jan 04, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

  • Monica Edinger
    Jan 06, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

  • Miriam
    Jun 14, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

  • Rebecca Honeycutt
    May 14, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

  • Layne
    May 17, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Apr 30, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

  • Donalyn
    May 11, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 14, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

    It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. ...

    Love everything about this book. An Afro Latinx protagonist. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid and has an affirming abuela. Love love love. And lovely illustrations to boot. ...

  • Bobbi
    May 29, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

  • Beth
    Nov 07, 2017

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

  • Jamila
    May 17, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

  • Cheriee Weichel
    May 13, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

  • Jillian Heise
    Feb 01, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

    It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. ...

    Love everything about this book. An Afro Latinx protagonist. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid and has an affirming abuela. Love love love. And lovely illustrations to boot. ...

    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. ...

  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    May 24, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

  • Asia
    Mar 20, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

    It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. ...

    Love everything about this book. An Afro Latinx protagonist. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid and has an affirming abuela. Love love love. And lovely illustrations to boot. ...

    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. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and sweet reaffirming story about curiosity, identity, and love. ...

  • Caitlyn
    May 01, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

  • Michele Knott
    May 07, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

  • Taylor
    Feb 08, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

  • KC
    May 22, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

  • Mark
    May 17, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

  • Calista
    Jun 18, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

  • Whispering Stories
    Jun 19, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

  • Michele Brack
    May 15, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

  • Eve Costarelli
    May 10, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

    It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. ...

    Love everything about this book. An Afro Latinx protagonist. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid and has an affirming abuela. Love love love. And lovely illustrations to boot. ...

    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. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and sweet reaffirming story about curiosity, identity, and love. ...

    There is a great deal to be said for being yourself, an individual in your own right with all your colours on show. And this book absolutely epitomises that in all the very best ways. Julian sees three beautiful women dressed as mermaids and becomes utterly captivated with them - so...

    Today, I read Julin Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick) in my kids yoga classes today. The children range from age 2 1/2-almost 6 and one of their favorite activities is the Calming Rock meditation time. Each child gets a pile of colored glass rocks: some large and flat, some c...

  • Leah
    May 17, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

  • Kari Percival
    Nov 07, 2017

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 17, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

    (5 Stars) This title beautifully and delicately handles the topic of a little boy who wants to dress up in an unconventional way. ...

    I don't often mark picture books on Goodreads or count them toward my yearly reading goal just because I read so many of them. I definitely don't take the time to review them. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful and intentional books I've read in a while about identity a...

    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...

    LOVE ...

    This was a wonderful stories with absolutely gorgeous artwork. ...

    I was fortunate to receive this book early. I read it and put it aside. I needed time to process its beauty and message. I came back to it again and appreciated it even more. It is hard to put into words how important I think this book may be. ...

    Love. Love. Love. Jess Love is the consummate artist - a talented storyteller, illustrator and actress. I had the rare pleasure of reading a final proof of this book, and could not have been any more blown away by her talent. Love has crafted a story that every child (and parent) shou...

    The sweetest book. ...

    Love love love Julin and his abuela! Promotes the importance of acceptance. Gorgeous illustrations. ...

    It's crazy when a childhood friend gets published--and wonderful when their book is as beautifully conceptualized and drawn as this is. This review has some pictures of the colorful and evocative watercolor art. ...

    Love everything about this book. An Afro Latinx protagonist. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid. An Afro Latinx protagonist who knows he's a mermaid and has an affirming abuela. Love love love. And lovely illustrations to boot. ...

    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. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and sweet reaffirming story about curiosity, identity, and love. ...

    There is a great deal to be said for being yourself, an individual in your own right with all your colours on show. And this book absolutely epitomises that in all the very best ways. Julian sees three beautiful women dressed as mermaids and becomes utterly captivated with them - so...

  • Effie
    May 10, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...

    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. ...

    Sweeping illustrations and simple text about a young boy believing he is a mermaid. ...

    A fabulous book about a fabulous boy who dreams of dressing up like the fancy mermaid ladies he sees around town. A beautifully illustrated and simply told story of self-discovery, dreams, and love. While this is absolutely appropriate for discussions of LGBTQ issues with children, it ...

    I love love love love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the character of each person is spot on. Julin is adorable and his abuela is beautiful. This really makes you feel good. There are very few words but the story is rich and full. A great book about acceptance and cele...

  • Bianca
    Jun 12, 2018

    When you walk into another person?s home, there?s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience a visual one. I love it when a friend moves house because when I walk into their new home it smel...

    Gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful message of acceptance and being true to yourself. I think this book should wind up on a lot of Caldecott prediction lists this year. ...

    Really nice. Great illustrations. Parent caveat: your kids will probably feel like making costumes out of household items after reading this. Keep an eye on the drapes. ...

    Unconditional Love within. Julian feels like a mermaid so his abuela takes him to a place to be around other mermaids. I do love the art and the simple story of wanting to be who you are. This is so much fun and has the energy of Carnival to it. The kids had fun with this book....

    This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read. It is affirming and joyful. It is pretty and awe-inspiring. It is quiet and loud. It has movement and is loving. It is Black and Latinx and New York and Queer and intergenerational and wonderful. It is also funny and hea...

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

    What Betsy said. http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production... (Can't imagine anything beating this for the 2019 Caldecott.) ...

    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 Julin in his underwear. We have come a very long way since I first started teaching. ...

    Swimming in the pool with his Abuela and her friends during aquatic aerobics, Julian dreams of being a mermaid among mermaids. On the subway, seeing women dressed up on their way to Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, he is inspired to dress up like a mermaid when he gets home, improvising ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com There?s no getting away from the fact that Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous book filled to the brim with amazing watercolour style illustrations that capture what I believe is New York in perfect light. The books, as you wou...

    I LOVE THESE ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Not only is the style and overall look really lovely, but there are so many subtleties in depictions of poc bodies and I am obsessed w that and also really grateful. I took away one star because I wish it were like 5 or six pa...