Julián at the wedding

Jessica Love

Book - 2020

"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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
ISBN
9781536212389
1536212385
Main Author
Jessica Love (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This follow-up to the polarizing Julián is a Mermaid, winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award, finds young Afro-Latinx Julián participating in the wedding of two brides, along with their dog, Gloria, and another child named Marisol. After the kids sneak off to play in the "fairy house" enclosure beneath a weeping willow, a romp with Gloria ends with Marisol muddying her dress. Julián solves the problem by making her a tunic from his shirt and a boa from a willow branch. When their abuelas discover them, a moment of shame is swept away by parental pride and support. This is a work similar to its predecessor, featuring joyful exploration of gender presentation without any trauma or real conflict. The art, again set on soft brown paper, bursts with dappled color, busy with fluttering fall leaves and flower petals. The intimate details in posture and expression make Love's illustrations deeply striking, though an element of caricature in her figures ties the work inextricably to the white gaze, fogging any mirror or window some readers might have found here. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Julián is back! He is going to be in a wedding, and he arrives, dressed in a sharp lavender suit and magenta shoes, with his abuela. "A wedding is a party for love," Love (Julián Is a Mermaid) writes. Julián and flower girl Marisol, who attends in a ball cap with her own caretaker, meet each other, greet the brides—both clad in dazzling white and bright blue shoes—and walk down the aisle with dog Gloria, Marisol sprinkling petals as they go. The brides kiss, the party starts, and Julián and Marisol wander off, Julián having donned Marisol's flower wreath. When Marisol's fancy gown suffers from play with Gloria, Julián fashions her a new outfit from his dress shirt and a willow's trailing boughs—for a magical moment, inside the willow's arbor, the two become butterflies. "There you are!" the brides cry when the children rejoin the celebration, and an energetic dance party begins, the Statue of Liberty in the background. 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. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The heroic young star from Julián Is a Mermaid bonds with a lively new friend during a family wedding filled with flowers, cake, dancing and kissing that reveals the power of friendship in the face of unexpected challenges. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Juliâan and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Juliâan 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 Juliâan and Marisol set off for somemagic 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.