Julian at the Wedding (PB)
by Jessica Love
Julian is all ready for the wedding, decked in the finery of his purple, waist-tapered, suit. There he meets the irrepressible Marigold whose fondness for rolling about in the mud is encumbered by her flouncy peachy dress. But Julian has a solution...Minimal words and the most magical of illustrations infuse this celebration of a wedding between two (Black) brides, truly "a party of love." As ever, Love also confounds all the stereotypes of 'older' people by having grandmothers who have no time for 'conventions', who look on with an all-embracing, loving wisdom- and who belly-laugh and dance bare-footed in the grass.
Sometimes a book comes along -such as Julian Is A Mermaid- which is so beautiful the weight of expectation must lie heavily with the creator; can they equal that debut or even up that? Well, here's the proof. Visual storytelling at its most blissful. 'Oh joy, oh rapture, the best character in picture books for YEARS is back and even more fabulous. Everything about this is pitch perfect...As with the book's predecessor, imagination, kindness and self-determination are the order of the day' (Mark, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 34pp