Genre: Fairy Tale/Fantasy
I 100% am writing this post while listening to The Little Mermaid soundtrack by the way.
Since the announcement of the live action The Little Mermaid film the mermaid mania has kicked it up 100 fold. And it’s already been a hype storm. My daughter loves swimming and since she was young me and my best friend have referred to her as our little mermaid. The number one item on her Christmas list to Santa this year is a mermaid swim suit complete with tail.
I was born in 1989, the year TLM came out and remember the movie being one of my favorites as a child and Ariel being THE BEST PRINCESS. What’s not to love about a fiesty, headstrong young girl who is different and goes after what she wants? I have never until yesterday read the original story however. Brothers Grimm and retellings yes but never Hans Christian Andersen’s.
THAT CHANGES NOW MY GUPPIES
Six sisters who live in the depths of the ocean and each of them long to see what lies above them. No more so than the youngest however.
When she does she immediately falls in love, with the sights of the world and a prince who is celebrating his 16th birthday and she knows what she wants to do no matter the price, no matter what it means to her future.
This is a fairy tale that of course is darker than what we are told as children. I guess there’s technically a good ending, it’s NOTHING like the Disney ending that’s for sure. Am I happy at the resolution? Hell no. But that’s fairy tales for you. They’re full of lessons and what not which girl, I guess. Just give us the meaningless romance and let us be HAPPY. The world is cruel enough.
The artwork in here is simple but beautiful. It adds depth to the story and lessens the harshness quite a bit which is nice!
And yes, I am still playing The Little Mermaid soundtrack. Don’t judge. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of my ARC.
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Pushkin Children’s Books