The Very Short, Entirely True History of Mermaids –  by Sarah Laskow, illustrated by Reimana Yee


   The Very Short, Entirely True History of Mermaids – by Sarah Laskow, illustrated by Reimana Yee, Penguin Workshop, 9781524792756, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

What did you like about the book? Laskow’s second entry in the “very short, entirely true” series follows a similar text about unicorns. This compact, colorful text provides a wealth of information about mermaids covering such topics of how manatees may be the actual creatures mistaken as mermaids to reports of sightings and the history of fairytales featuring these elusive beings. Each two-page spread features an engaging illustration and a brief entry discussing a unique aspect of mermaid history and our attraction to the possibility of their existance. For those wanting to learn more, the author has included a bibliography to spur further reading.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of books about dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures will enjoy this exploration of mermaid history and lore.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? 398.2

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No. Although this is an appealing read, it isn’t a “must have” given current budget constraints.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 6/23/2020

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