How to Catch a Mermaid: Book Review

Mermaid...Plan...Catch! We need a plan to catch a mermaid but she's very clever. Do you have some ideas to help us out?

Title: How to Catch a Mermaid
Author: Adam Wallace
Illustrator: Andy Elkerton
ISBN: 9781492662471          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Type: Picture Book
Themes: mermaids, problem-solving

What's it about?
Two children spy a mermaid and set out to try and capture her. The mermaid though, she's a clever one and avoids them each and every time. Then the children find themselves in danger.

It's a rhyming book (cause you all know how much I love them!) that tells the adventure chronologically of what the children plan and try to do to catch the mermaid. The problem solving is a key focus of the story. Illustrations - wow, they are gorgeous.

Not today

My Thoughts
After reading this book I went and did a bit of research on the author and illustrator - I always actually do this when I haven't heard of them before. I was surprised by how many books they have written that I'd never seen (so "tracking down a few other books is now on my to-do list).

The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover; the colours - OMG! It definitely appealed to me and when my daughter sets eyes on this book I'll likely only have bedtime reading privileges as she is quite keen on them at the moment. So if you are looking for a book with bright, colourful illustrations - then this is a good start.

" shows children that things don't always work the first time or as planned..."

But what about the story? Well, I found it most enjoyable. Watching the kids come up with a plan to catch the mermaid only for her to get around it each time. I liked this because of the problem-solving aspect - it shows children that things don't always work the first time or as planned - so from a persistence angle this one ticks the box. I also think that this story could lead to some very fun and engaging STEAM activities - I can just imagine a classroom full of kids devising a trap to catch a mermaid.

Overall, this is a very fun and engaging book that would appeal to anyone from about 3.5 years and upwards. Definitely, one that's a keeper for us - you can grab your copy when it's released on the 14th of June 2018 in Australia.

Adam Wallace - author. Visit his website today

Special thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.


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  1. Oh my daughter is obsessed with mermaids and sea creatures at the moment so I'll need to check this one out! Thanks for the recommendation :)

  2. I love it when you can use books as a source for fun STEM activities! My daughter loves mermaids too :)

  3. This sounds like such a cute book and mermaids are so popular now x

  4. Sounds a lovely book and I bet the illustrations are beautiful. I think my kids are a bit old for it but I'll recommend it at school where I help so I'll get to read it :)

  5. This book looks really love, I adore mermaids. Think my kids are a little to old for this one now, but will suggest it to the school PTA.

  6. This does sound great, and mermaids are so on trend at the moment, I'm sure you'd have many little ones involved in activities around this book

  7. Sounds like a lovely book. My littlest grandson might like it as he really enjoys reading and we’re always on the lookout for new books.

  8. I have 2 mermaid obsessed girls at hone why would adore this! Thank you for sharing this author as he’s a new one for me too.

  9. This looks such a great book - who doesn't love Mermaids! I would love to catch one :) Kaz

  10. My daughter adores this book!