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:Julián Is a Mermaid
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Julián Is a Mermaid Reviews

  • Betsy
    Jan 04, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 wish it were 5 or six pages longer! ...

    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...

  • David Schaafsma
    Nov 02, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

  • Layne
    May 17, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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 ...

  • Donalyn
    May 11, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

  • Beth
    Nov 07, 2017

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

  • Jamila
    May 17, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Ran
    Jan 03, 2019

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

  • Cheriee Weichel
    May 13, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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. ...

  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    Jan 23, 2019

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

  • carol.
    Aug 15, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

  • Shoshanna
    May 19, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 wish it were 5 or six pages longer! ...

    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...

    I absolutely love this book. I'm crying. I have never read a picture book quite like this. The beauty, the femmeness, everyone in this book is so beautiful. I feel like this book is really important because not only does Julian's grandmother really support them in their beauty and femm...

  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    May 24, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Michele Knott
    May 07, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 Holt
    Feb 08, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 wish it were 5 or six pages longer! ...

    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...

    I absolutely love this book. I'm crying. I have never read a picture book quite like this. The beauty, the femmeness, everyone in this book is so beautiful. I feel like this book is really important because not only does Julian's grandmother really support them in their beauty and femm...

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

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

  • Mark
    May 17, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

  • Leah
    May 17, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Kai
    Dec 08, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

  • Kari Percival
    Nov 07, 2017

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

  • Fabian
    Jan 06, 2019

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

  • Christine
    May 24, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

  • Effie
    May 10, 2018

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 wish it were 5 or six pages longer! ...

  • Abigail
    Jan 14, 2019

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...

    Riding the subway with his abuela one day, young Julin sees three beautiful mermaids, resplendent in their fins. Having always loved these watery creatures, he is absolutely thrilled, and begins to imagine himself as one of them. Once he and abuela get home, he uses a fern, a curtain...

  • Alina Karapandzich
    Feb 04, 2019

    Julin makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julin is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I?m just not an ...

    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...

    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...

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #1 of 2018, and is one of my favorites of the year, but that view...

    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. ...

    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...

    this is the most wholesome book I?ve read all year ...

    I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. However, I recently read a review by a goodreads acquaintance, that seems to have completely missed the point of the book, viewing little Julin as "disturbin...

    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. ...

    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....

    Prediction: 2019 Caldecott winner ...

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

    This may be my favourite picture book that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The expressions say so much by themselves. And Julin's abuela's unquestioning acceptance and affirmation makes me want to cry. ...

    Beautiful book in every aspect! ...

    Julin and his Abuela are on the train with some mermaids. They get off at their stop while the mermaids continue onto the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. But when Abuela finds Julin pulling up her potted plants and pulling down her drapes to dress up as a mermaid, she gives her mijo a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Personally, I loved this book. First off, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The author chose to use brown parchment colored paper and the pastel colors were made more vibrant and beautiful by doing this. Also, the different styles, looks, and personalities pictorially represen...