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Julián Is a Mermaid


While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?’s a happy picture book that challenges traditional gender stereotypes, rendering one boy free to be himself. —San Francisco Chronicle

Refreshingly, Spanish words aren't italicized. Though it could easily feel preachy, this charmingly subversive tale instead offers a simple yet powerful story of the importance of being seen and affirmed. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Written and Illustrated by Jessica Love. Published by Candlewick; Later Printing edition 2018. 40 pages, hardcover.