VENUS UNDERWATER: SONGS FROM MERMAIDIA by Julie Hengst
The first book of a new series, this humorous, whimsical collection of poems and songs reveals how baby mermaids are made, what mermaid families are like, and how mermaids study magic at School of the Fish to become Sea Witches (not Sand Witches)…
Normally I do not begin a review recommending readers to check out a website but this book is exceptional in so many ways. The artwork is fantastic and the illustrator deserves attention and recognition. Learn more about Esther Samuels-Davis @DirtyLikeTheWeeds and Venusandherflytrip.net. (Note the proper spellings)
The author, Julia Hengst, is a self proclaimed "Word Nerd" and it shows.
Parents, teachers, Aunts and Uncles, will enjoy discovering all the connections and word play in this book.
On the surface, the book has a delightful rhythm and if there were not already plans to set the poetic prose to music, I foresee fans submitting their own colorful tunes to the creative team.
I would love this as a book and CD combination. All ages, preschool to nursing care facilities, will then be able to enjoy this book and the ones to follow.
One of my favorite creatures in the book are the Purrmaids, but there are so many fanciful and imaginative species and creations you may have a new favorite each time you read this enlightening tale.
I was gifted a copy of this book to review. I hope I have the opportunity to do the same for future volumes. (Shameless self plug and plea.)
This is a book I predict you will enjoy over and over again.