Published by Candlewick (Released October 6)
Summary: Julián from Julián Is a Mermaid is back, and this time, he and his grandmother are going to a wedding. Julián is rocking a lavender suit, and he and a girl named Marisol are attendants, Marisol scattering flower petals and Julián looking after the brides’ dog Gloria. “A wedding”, the narrator explains, “is a party for love.” After the ceremony, the two sneak away from the reception. Marisol plays with Gloria, while Julián explores a fairy house under a willow tree. When Marisol’s dress gets dirty, Julián comes to the rescue with his keen fashion sense. The two grandmothers discover the children, and everyone goes back to the reception for dancing, cake, and a snooze for the kids. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Just like the first book, this one celebrates being yourself. The children, the brides, and the grandmothers all do (and wear) their own thing, and everything is A-OK. The illustrations are gorgeous with a beautiful palette of colors and should get a look at Caldecott time.
Cons: I feel like I should recognize Marisol’s grandmother from the first book, but I can’t place her.