Title: Julian is a Mermaid
Author: Jessica Love
Illustrator: Jessica Love
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
“This is a boy named Julian. And this is his abuela. And those are some mermaids. Julian LOVES mermaids.” Travelling home on the subway train, Julian sees three spectacular ladies. Dressed for a parade in mermaid-like costumes their happiness is contagious. While abuela takes a shower Julian creates a mermaid outfit using yellow curtains and a fern plant.
He imagines swimming with sea creatures and transforming into a mermaid. He proudly shows off his design to his abuela. She pauses and Julian wonders how she will react. She adds beads to finish the outfit and takes him to the parade, joining others in their fabulous costumes.