Julián makes me uncomfortable. I mean, the pictures are adorable and well done, and I would love to have one of him swimming with the stream of fish up in my bathroom. But every time you turn around, Julián is stripping down to his skivvies and putting on lipstick. I’m just not an au natural kind of person, you know? Then you add lipstick, and I feel like I’m getting a very mixed message.
He seems to have confused water mermaids with land mermaids, which are two entirely different species. I’m more of the water mermaid demographic.
Julian seems to be undecided, but ultimately picks the land mermaids.
Still, it’s a sweet little story, and one that should particularly resonate with those in a NYC kind of setting, where the public street is actually community space.
Drawings and message–despite not choosing the water mermaids–are fabulous. The watercolor is understated, in keeping with the watery theme, but there’s lovely pops of color to draw the eye. I love the representation of the curvy, old and wrinkly. Recommended for everyone who supports mermaids.