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The Mermaid in the Bathtub

The Mermaid in the Bathtub


Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on October 1, 2019


In a gorgeously retro illustrated reimagining of “The Little Mermaid,” Israeli author Nurit Zarchi and illustrator Rutu Modan bring us the poignant story of a worrywart named Whatwilltheysay, whose life is turned upside down by the spunky mermaid who shows up in his bathtub one day.

Through vibrant, retro-inspired images we meet an ordinary young man named Whatwilltheysay, who returns home to find Grain of Sand, a mermaid, waiting for him. Although he finds her beautiful and charming, Whatwilltheysay can’t possibly fall in love with a fish—what would people say? Broken-hearted, Grain of Sand leaves Whatwilltheysay to return to his normal life. But soon he realizes his mistake and goes to sea in search of the love he’s nearly lost.

An entrancing illustrated story for readers ages five to ten, The Mermaid in the Bathtub finally brings into English a treasure of modern Israeli children’s literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632062116
Publisher: Restless Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

About the Author:

Nurit Zarchi is an Israeli poet and author for adults and children. Zarchi has published many poems in children’s magazines and over 100 children’s books, poetry, prose and research. Zarchi has received major Israeli awards including the Bialik Prize, the Ze’ev Prize (four times), and she was twice the winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for her literary work.

About the Translator

Tal Goldfajn joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UMass Amherst in 2017. She earned her Ph.D. in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from the University of Oxford, and her B.A. in Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the author and editor of several academic works and her research interests include language and emotion, pragmatics and translation, translation theory and multilingualism.

About the illustrator

Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and former editor of the Hebrew edition of MAD Magazine. She received a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for her book Exit Wounds in 2008.