Fish Girl | Book Review

Authors: David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

Publisher: Clarion Books


In this graphic novel, a young mermaid, called Fish Girl, living in a boardwalk aquarium has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl’s longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank.


Thank you so much to Raincoast Publishing and Clarion Books for sending a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

Full of beautiful illustrations that highlight a beautiful story, this is the perfect graphic novel for anyone. Although the story is geared towards a middle-school age, the tale can be reflected onto all of its readers.

The book spins the tale of a mermaid who does not know anything besides the tank she has grown up in. That is until she meets a human girl who is able to change the way she views her life. When Mira, the Fish Girl, meets the girl, she begins to find that she wants to discover more about her life than the tank that she has been kept in. I enjoyed the ending as it wraps up the tale happily, yet still, ends on a sort of cliff-hanger.

The detail that was included in the illustrations definitely caught my attention. All the sea creates had their own appearance, even the building views had little details that made it unique to the tale.

This book is perfect for mermaid lovers of all ages. The storyline can be reflected for both mature middle-school readers or YA readers. But nonetheless, it is a beautiful tale of wanting more in life than always being forced to live within the box.



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