The star of Julián Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return—and finds a new friend—at a wedding to be remembered.
Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Julián is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Marisol. It’s not long before Julián and Marisol set off for some magic and mischief of their own, and when things take an unexpected turn, the pair learns that everything is easier with a good friend by your side. Jessica Love returns with a joyful story of friendship and individuality in this radiant follow-up to Julián Is a Mermaid.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-1536212389 Ages 4-8
Keywords: sequel, LGBTQ, wedding, friends, friendship, individuality, being yourself, believing in yourself, acceptance, accepting others, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, grandmother, abuela, diversity, diverse books
Julian and his grandmother are attending a wedding. In fact, Julian is in the wedding along with his cousin Marisol. When wedding duties are fulfilled and with a new dog friend in tow, the pair takes off to roam the venue, exploring everywhere from underneath tables to enchanting willow trees to muddy puddles! So when Mariola's dress gets ruined, Julian has the perfect solution. But how will the grown-ups respond?
We first met Julian and his flamboyant grandmother in Julian is a Mermaid, a brilliant but controversial interpretation of being true to oneself. This sequel is just as good as it subtly shifts the narrative of convention so that the wedding being that of two brides is as normal as any other is almost unremarkable. After all, a wedding is just "a party for love."
However, its impact may be more profound.
The story behind Charles M. Schultz introducing a black character into the Peanuts comic strip has been well-documented and there are stories galore of how this impacted young black readers in the US, particularly. Suddenly they were seeing themselves in literature in a new and positive portrayal. And so it may well be with children like Julian - those who don't live in a conventional family; those for who two mums and two dads is the norm; those who prefer to be mermaids than superheroes. Here they are in a story that treats their situation as the norm and moves on to the real issues - ruining your bridesmaid's dress at a wedding where, traditionally, you're supposed to remain pristine!
Like its predecessor, most of this story is told in the stunning illustrations with the minimum of text, and they hold so many riches that the book demands to be explored again and again. Jessica Love won the Bologna Ragazzi Award and Klaus Flugge Prize for Julian is a Mermaid, her debut picture book and it is quite probable that this will be among the prize winners too.
Recommended by: Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, New South Wales AUSTRALIA
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