Julián is a Mermaid Picture Book


Every Saturday morning, Julián and his abuela go swimming. But the day Julián spies three women on the subway, everything changes. He is entranced by their beautiful hair, their swishy, shimmering mermaid gowns, and their total confidence. When Julián gets home, all he can think of is becoming a mermaid himself.

But what will Abuela think?

Utterly mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a radiant celebration of individuality and a triumphant win for unconditional love.

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Julián is a Mermaid Picture Book is about being seen for who we are by someone who loves us. It has been translated into fourteen languages: Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Danish, German, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Japanese, Dutch, in addition to Korean.

About the Author

Jessica Love is the author and illustrator of Julián is a Mermaid, published by Candlewick Press. Jessica grew up in Southern California, raised by a pair of artist parents. She studied printmaking, as well as illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Additionally, Love then went on to study acting at Juilliard. Jessica’s new book, Julián at the Wedding, will release in October, 2020. Jessica lives in Brooklyn.

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Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 11 × 11 × 1 in


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