Apr 4, 2018
Is it a Mermaid?
By Candy Gourlay
Illustrated by Francesca Chessa
As seen on Milkshake TV, this warm-hearted, sun-drenched story is about kindness and friendship – with a touch of magic
“I AM A BEAUTIFUL MERMAID!” declares the Dugong, and she shows Benji and Bel her mermaid tail (rather big) and her mermaid singing (very bad). Is she really just a “sea-cow” – or could the Dugong be a mermaid after all?
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"Is it a Mermaid? has been a highlight this year and has had many joyous readings as we have shared it endlessly with the new baby in the family. Beautifully illustrated by Francesca Chessa...the story is full of humorous touches."
Dr Pam Dix, Chair of IBBY UK
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Candy Gourlay was born in Davao City in the Philippines and was a campaigning journalist before becoming a children's writer. As readers of Is It a Mermaid? will know (or discover) the Filipino landscape and beaches, and the experiences of Filipino children, are a strong source of inspiration for her. She now lives in the UK.