Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books, 2018
“I AM A BEAUTIFUL MERMAID!” declares the Dugong, and she shows Benji and Bel her mermaid tail (rather big) and her mermaid singing (very bad). Is she really just a “sea-cow” – or could the Dugong be a mermaid after all?
As seen on Milkshake TV, this warm-hearted, sun-drenched story is about kindness and friendship – with a touch of magic.
Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal
Chosen by EmpathyLab for the 2019 read for Empathy Guide
Candy Gourlay was born in Davao City in the Philippines and was a campaigning journalist before becoming a children’s writer. As readers of Is It a Mermaid? will know (or discover) the Filipino landscape and beaches, and the experiences of Filipino children, are a strong source of inspiration for her. She now lives in the UK.
Francesca Chessa has illustrated over 40 books with publishers all over the world, including Library Lily and Elliot’s Arctic Surprise. She lives in Turin, Italy, where she runs art workshops for children and adults.