Fish Girl

Fish Girl

Book - 2017
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"Fish Girl, a young mermaid living in a boardwalk aquarium, has never interacted with anyone beyond the walls of her tank until a chance encounter with an ordinary girl, Livia. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl's longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780544815124
0544815122
9780547483931
0547483937
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Na
Characteristics: 182 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiesner, David

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forbesrachel May 14, 2017

The Fish Girl has lived her whole life under the care of Neptune, playing her part to entertain his guests and make money. Thing is, her whole life has been a lie. In her seclusion, this young mer-girl had no other word source for information, so it is only when she meets Livia, that she begins to truly question who Neptune is, and why he insists on her remaining hidden. Events enfold in a steady, calm manner, letting readers take the time to absorb the beauty of the narrative and visuals. Wiesner's usual surrealistic imagery is grounded by Napoli's framework, but is no less impressive. Mira lives in a cage, a house converted into an aquarium with components of both. Her fish friends float around with her from floor to floor, with Neptune's pool stage being on the top floor. It is a beautiful example of watercolour and ink artwork, and a style that stands out among children's graphic novels. Napoli's text is very concise, focusing namely on the inner speech of Mira to help us understand and connect with her. Fish Girl's quiet tale of friendship and freedom will touch many a heart.

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