Julian is a Mermaid
Author: Jessica Love
For Early Years/KS1
Price 7.99 paperback
Book(s) at 7.99 paperback
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Julian is a Mermaid Returning from a swimming class with his Grandma, Julian is mesmerised by the sight of three women in flamboyant mermaid costumes. Inspired by their style and self-possession, he falls into a happy reverie in which he too is changed into a mermaid. Later, when Grandma is taking a bath, he paints his lips, improvises a costume with a curtain as tail, and fashions a headdress out of a plant. Unfazed by his experimentation, his Grandma presents him with a string of beads to complete his outfit and takes him for a walk to where a local seaside themed parade is taking place, and where glamorous mermaids and other sea-creatures abound. This sympathetic portrait of a boy wishing to imagine a different identity has a minimal text and relies largely on its sequence of humorous - and lovely - illustrations celebrating the fun of self-transformation and of dressing up to experience a colourful new persona.