Published: 2008 by Walker Books for Young Readers
Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:
One of the main characters is a mermaid!
I love how this book shows the importance of loving your family even if they are pains in the “patootie.”
It uses words like “patootie” and quite frankly that’s enough to get a laugh from me.
The colors used in the illustrations are sea toned – green, blue, and even hints of gold.
It shows that even when you wish for something (and get it) the outcome may not be what you really wanted or expected.
I really love how the end pages of the book are lemonade colored scales.
Books about the ocean and it’s creatures (real or fantastical) are awesome!
I love how the main character Shelly asks for a sister, and when she gets a mermaid sister her parents don’t question it, and do not object to take home.
The new “sisters” eat pb&j sandwiches – peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches that is.
I love how Coral (the mermaid sister) can dance – instead of dancing hip-hop she dances the flip-flop.
This book is a great example of “there’s no place like home.”
I love Coral’s collection of tuna cans. One would expect a mermaid to have such a collection.
I find it especially amusing that since Shelly and her family took mermaid Coral into, random sea creatures – jellyfish, starfish, seaweed – show up at their house.
The text and illustrations work well with one another, one doesn’t overshadow the other.
I think it would be great to have a mermaid (ok, not as a sister, but you know as a friend or something.)