The Mermaid

Jan Brett (Author) Jan Brett (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$18.99  $17.47
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
August 22, 2017
Pages
32
Dimensions
10.2 X 0.5 X 11.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780399170720
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About the Author

"A baby octopus waved its little arms at me when I glimpsed it on some coral while in the ocean off the island of Okinawa when I was visiting my daughter and her husband. It wasn't until I returned home and was musing over what creatures would take the place of the three bears in my under-the-sea Goldilocks story that it dawned on me that octopuses, intelligent and mischievous, would be just right. I admired the Okinawan houses and made the Octopus house like the island ones. When I worried out loud that the octopuses looked alien, my young friend Alma suggested they wear hats. Now the setting and the clothes were Japanese.

"Back in Boston, the New England Aquarium's cold-water aquarist introduced me to Sy, their famous giant Pacific octopus. I had an 'arms on' experience with her. From then on, my characters seemed to take shape by themselves.

"Alice went down a rabbit hole to find another world. For me, I stepped off the beach in Okinawa." --Jan Brett

Reviews

β˜… "In this dazzling remix, Brett sets "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" under the sea. The bears turn into octopuses, dressed in the straw hats and indigo-dyed coats of rural Japan, and Goldilocks becomes Kiniro, a mermaid with black hair and golden scales ("kin-iro" is Japanese for gold). . . Brett's brightly colored, highly detailed art shines in this aquatic setting as she embellishes the octopuses' dwelling with shells, coral, and tropical fish that swim in and out of the windows. . . Brett's fans will rejoice, and she'll make new ones, too."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In an aquatic version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," Kiniro, the beautiful mermaid, is intrigued by the mystique and beauty of [a] little seashell house. [. . . .] Not only is this fractured fairy tale a delight to read, there is also an adorable side story skillfully told in the border art as only Brett can. Set in the waters off of the coast of Okinawa, this colorful picture book is exquisite."--School Library Journal

"[S]ure to please Brett's fans."--Kirkus