by Jessica Love
Candlewick Press (MA)
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.
Artwork on brown paper allows warm, clear views of the characters, who appear to be Black and Afro-Latinx. The specificity of Love's characterizations--the way the abuelas kick off their high heels, the brides' enthusiasm, the children's expansive gender expressions--offers vibrancy and immediacy, and under their community's watchful eyes, Julián and Marisol find affection, acceptance, and room to grow. --Publishers Weekly
Once again Love has brought us young characters who are free to live, play, and express themselves however they wish without conflict. An abundance of joy and love. --The Horn Book
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