Julian at the Wedding is a children's book written and illustrated by American author and illustrator Jessica Love. It is 40 pages long and was published by Walker Books on 1 October 2020 and is the sequel of the 2018 book, Julian is a Mermaid. In the first book in the series, Love introduces her readers to an imaginative little boy named Julian, who becomes mesmerised by mermaids and dreams of participating in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. In the beautiful book, we see Julian explore his fantasy, and discover that in his dreams his gender is as fluid as the ocean. To his delight, his Nana supports his ambitions and helps him dress up and participate in the parade.
In Julian at the Wedding, Julian and his Nana are attending a wedding, and Julian has been asked to participate in the ceremony alongside his cousin Marisol. The wedding is a same-sex marriage between two love-struck brides. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful. Julian is adorable in a purple suit with a flared jacket, Marisol looks precious in an orange dress with white trim and with a crown of red flowers on her head, and the brides look dazzling and so much in love.
Once again, just like in Julian is a Mermaid, Love tells most of the story in Julian at the Wedding through her illustrations, rather than text. We see Julian and Marisol at the reception, smiling and chatting animatedly, and then sneaking under the table and running off to get up to mischief and fun. The message and the theme at the core of this story is much the same as what was in Julian is a Mermaid. We see Julian find beauty in things around him and finding joy in expressing his creative and imaginative side. When Marisol gets her dress dirty, Julian comes to her rescue by helping her to fashion a new outfit out of tree branches that look like fairy wings. Julian at the Wedding is a joyful story about friendship, self-expression, acceptance and is a celebration of love.