Julian is a Mermaid


By Jessica Love

A glimpse of three women dressed as mermaids leaves one boy filled with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes – and even more importantly – what will she think about how Julian sees himself?

Mesmerizing and full of heart, this is a picture book about self-confidence and love, and a radiant celebration of individuality.

  • A timely, non-didactic book that will be welcome by young non-binary readers
  • A story about the power of self-confidence, acceptance, and being true to yourself

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About the author

Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. Julian Dreams of Mermaids is her first picture book. Find her online at jessicalove.org/art.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 23.1 × 25.1 × 0.5 cm







Walker Books

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