Book Type: Children's Literature
Author: Robert D. San Souci
This enthralling folktale by one of today's most popular and highly honored authors comes to life in paintings of remarkable power and beauty. Nicholas Pipe, a merman who, through a magic spell, can live on land, falls in love with Margaret, the daughter of a fisherman. As their love blossoms, Nicholas and Margaret must defy her father, the jealous sea-folk, and even the king himself.
Finally! I found a book about a love-struck merman! What I loved most about this book was the illustrations. They really catch the reader's attention, and transport you into a classic fairytale. I also loved how San Souci took a twist on the classic fairytale of merfolk being good and falling innocently in love with humans. Instead, Nicholas Pipe has abandoned the merfolk because they drown humans. They re actually pretty scary to look at! I was also touched by the love that Nicholas and Margaret share. Finally, I love the lesson this book teaches; stand up for others when they are innocent, do not judge or be prejudice, and love unconditionally. This is a great story with a sweet ending that adults will truly enjoy. I give this book (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie