Publication Date: 1 June 2021
Far out to sea and deep below the whispering waves lives a merman called Nen. Nen spends his days exploring his underwater kingdom, but something is missing: his heart is empty. So, Nen ventures to the forbidden world above and it is here that he meets Ernest, a lonely fisherman. But can two people from different worlds be together and what will happen when a terrifying storm gathers?
Every now and again, a book comes along that is exceptional which makes reviewing them incredibly difficult as I can never find the words to do it justice. This is one of those books.
From the moment I set eyes on the glorious cover, I knew I was in for a real treat. A retelling of a classic tale is always a challenge, but Ian and James have made it a story all of their own that will stand the test of time.
Not only is it a wonderful, gripping adventure, packed full of hope, it is love in a book. The lyrical writing is paired with luminous illustrations that sweep you away and into the story. Magical and mesmerising, every word and every brush stroke has love flowing through them.
And if you can find someone who looks at you the way Nen looks at Ernest, hold onto them.
A must for every school library that will build empathy, open discussions on diversity, acceptance and pollution, and enable children to see that love is love in any form.
Treat yourself to Stephen Fry reading Nen And The Lonely Fisherman here.
Huge thanks to Ian and Owlet Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops.