Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid’s Tale – Cornelia Funke


    Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid’s Tale – Cornelia Funke, Random House, (9781524701017), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?  The aptly-named Snorkels are a wealthy couple who fill their home with specimens from the ocean.  They set out one day in their submarine Sea Devil to capture an elusive mermaid.  Meanwhile, the menfolk live deep in the ocean and tell their merpups of “…the dangerous and terrible fishing nets and ship propellers – and the terrifying ugly Two-Legs who had invented all these awful things.”  The youngsters regard these as made-up tales to keep them from exploring.  The tales of the giant kraken are even harder to believe.  But soon, two little merpups, Lilly and Fin,  will find that Two-Legs and kraken do exist.  The short action-filled chapters and plentiful colorful line drawing illustrations make this a good choice for readers branching into chapter books.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the author’s previous chapter books, Emma and the Blue Genie, The Pirate Pig and Ruffleclaw will find much to enjoy in the new title.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Chapter Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/15/17             

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