Raymundo, Peter Third Grade Mermaid 208 pgs. Scholastic, 2017. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
This is the story of Cora the mermaid. To keep her place on the swim team she must pass her next spelling test, if not a snobby mermaid named Vivian will get her spot. Cora accidently gets a pet, which causes some chaos in her life. She is jealous of Vivian and her beautiful older sisters, but she soon learns that beauty isn’t everything and who her true friends are.
With its appealing content and multi-faceted plot, this feels like a fully fleshed out world. I like this SO much better than Mermaid Tales. For readers the cover won’t be as appealing because the main character is featured as a normal looking mermaid and very cartoony. The book is fully illustrated and really funny, like when her mom gets mad, she gets all squinty eyed. I think this book would appeal to 2nd & 3rd graders.
EL(K-3) –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.