Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Incandescent watercolor and ink illustrations make this picture book one of my favorites of the year. It is a very simple story of a little boy who dreams of being a mermaid. Will his abuela support his fantasy? Everywhere in his world is beauty, which Love lovingly brings to the reader: the flowers on the walk, the characters’ lovely shades of brown skin, the shapes of their bodies, the shadows, the light. The light is channeled through watercolors that are luminous on their brown background. Gorgeous flights of fishy fantasy complement the beauty of the everyday in his neighborhood. Julián is a lucky little boy to be in the company of an abuela who gets him, and we readers are so lucky to be taken on his adventure.
To whom would you recommend this book? A wonderful offering for those who like flights of the imagination, and for those wanting to see diversity of gender and race in picture books.
Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington MA
Date of review: May 24, 2018