Published Feb 2013
Trade paperback, 240 pages
Reviewed by Laura and Daughter
Please help me welcome one of our favorite authors to our blog as she briefly shares some fun facts about the Real Mermaids series.
LCR: Hi Hélène! We are so excited to have you on our blog to chat with us! My daughter and I have LOVED your Real Mermaids series. (Aquamarine is one of my daughter's favorite movies.) We actually read your books together and thought they made a great mother/daughter reading experience.
HB: Wow! That’s so amazing to hear. I started writing the Real Mermaids series when my own daughters were about 6 and 8 and now they are almost 10 and 12 so it’s been a great mother/ daughter experience for us as well because they are usually my first readers. I actually dedicated this latest book in the series to my oldest daughter because she really helped me during the revision process.
LCR: We were wondering about a few things... Why did you decide to write a story about mermaids?
A few different things came together to affect that decision but mainly I remember sitting around with my daughters after reading Mélanie Watt’s picture book Scaredy Squirrel. The book is about a neurotic squirrel who’s afraid of everything. We were getting a bit silly, talking about birds that were afraid of flying or fish that were afraid of swimming, which led to the idea of an aqua-phobic mer-girl. It just seemed like such a ridiculous idea that I just had to see where it led. Little did I know; it would lead to this book series!
LCR: Scaredy Squirrel is one of my son's favorite books! It's hilarious. My kids think it so cool that you got the idea for Real Mermaids from this book. Okay, now my daughter was wondering, Are all the characters made up or do some reflect people you know?
HB: Most of the characters are made up or are a mish-mash of different personality traits I’ve encountered in real life. The only character I sort of based on an actual person was Jade’s dad, who was inspired by my engineer husband. I personally think I nailed it, right down to Dalrymple Baxter’s ‘answer man’ personality, his love of gadgets and his sweet, adorkable nature but whenever I read those scenes out to my husband he looks at me blankly and says, “Huh? That’s nothing like me.” Typical engineer. LOL
LCR: My hubby is an engineer too. I totally get what you're saying! Are you planning on writing another series?
HB: I have a few ideas in the works but I’m mainly working on the fourth book in the Real Mermaids series at the moment. It’s called Real Mermaids Don’t Sell Sea Shells and it will be out this fall!
LCR: Yay! We can't wait to read it. What's your favorite ice-cream?
HB: Butterscotch ripple! Or Grape Nut. Oh, also love Lemon Chiffon! Do I have to pick just one?
LCR: Lemon Chiffon! Sounds so exotic...If you could travel back in time where would you go?
HB: That’s easy. I would travel back in time to last week right before I forgot to tighten the lid on my spinach smoothie before turning on the blender.
LCR: LOL I thought I was the only crazy mom who made green smoothies. One last question... Your name made us wonder if you're French Canadian or have roots in Quebec? France?
HB: I am indeed French Canadian from a small Acadian town in Nova Scotia, Canada. Actually, the setting of Port Toulouse in the Real Mermaids series is based on a town called St. Peter’s near where I grew up.
LCR: We visited the Maritimes last summer but didn't get a chance to visit Nova Scotia. Thanks so much for taking the time to satisfy our curiosity! We look forward to reading more of your work.
Hélène Boudreau never spotted a real mermaid while growing up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish, or electric eels. She now writes fiction and nonfiction for kids from her landlocked home in Ontario, Canada. Her first book of this series, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, was a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist.
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