The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell Book Review

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release Date:April 1, 2014

All of King Neptune's daughters boast a special talent, every one except Minnow. The only thing Minnow is good at is asking questions, which her sisters tell her is a useless talent. When she finds an odd object (a shoe), she sets out to find what it is and in the process, find out who she is.

Despite the obvious moral lessons that are supposed to be learned here, this book never read as didactic. It read instead like a classic fairytale with things set in threes and the answer lying just above the surface. The reader, being obviously a landmaid or landmen, would recognize what the shoe is, but the story is in the quest of the thing. Beautifully illustrated, with the mermaids hair waving in the ocean water and playful with the jellyfish plugging their "ears", I think this would be great for fans of Ariel or just princess stories in general.