A glimpse of three women dressed as mermaids leaves one boy filled with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
“Every choice Jessica Love makes imbues the story with charm, tenderness and humor” New York Times Book Review
While riding the subway home with his nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes – and even more importantly – what will she think about how Julian sees himself?
- A timely, non-didactic book that will be welcomed by young non-binary readers.
- A story about the power of self-confidence, acceptance and being true to oneself, embracing the mermaid within us all.
- The muted yet richly inky colour palette and frameless city-and-dream-scapes of Jessica’s artwork match perfectly the transcendence of the story.
Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. Julian Is A Mermaid is her first picture book. Find her on Instagram as @jesslovedraws and on Twitter as @Jessica67755257.