Julián Is a Mermaid

Cover of the book, Julián Is a Mermaid.

Written by:

Published by: Candlewick


4.46, based on 3,851 reviews.

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes—and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love's author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Rating breakdown

4.46 out of 5 stars (3,851 ratings)
5 64% (2,457 ratings)
4 24% (924 ratings)
3 8% (317 ratings)
2 3% (104 ratings)
1 1% (49 ratings)

About Jessica Love

Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. She lives in New York....
[Read more about Jessica Love]

Search for another book