Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love

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4 Stars

The fact that this is a PICTURE BOOK and hardly any narrative is included at all is what makes it brilliant. Well, that and the artwork. Those watercolors are 5 Stars. Because so much is left unsaid, Julian Is A Mermaid can be about whatever anyone wants it to be. Mermaids, imagination, expressing yourself, acceptance, all bodies are beautiful bodies, etc., etc., etc.

Of course since only children are amazing and adults are buttholes, this has made the far right’s hit list in order to challenge and/or ban it as well as the hit list of the far left arguing that “this is not Jessica Love’s story to tell.” Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . . .

Good grief. Don’t buy the book or leave it on the library bookshelf if it’s not your cup of tea. But STFU about it so everyone else who isn’t offended by everything can enjoy it.

Really the only thing anyone should be bringing up about this story as far as I’m concerned? Who in the world has a Grandma that would let you rip down her fancy lace sheer curtains to play dress up and not whoop yo ass? I could have used one of those kinds of grannies when I was a kid!

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