While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Juli├ín notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Juli├ín gets home, daydreaming of the magic heΓÇÖs seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makesΓÇöand even more importantly, what will she think about how Juli├ín sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, this jubilant story is a radiant celebration of individuality and self-love.
Avi Roque was always searching for creative outlets as a child, whether they were drawing cartoons, coloring, painting, or, despite their shyness, performing for their family. Having received their bachelor's degree in theater arts from California State University, Fullerton, they are a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. A Latinx/Trans/Non-Binary artist, they adore the arts and believe that there is always a story to tell.