The Magic Fish by Trung le Nguyen
Format: ARC provided by Penguin Teen Canada
Top 3 Genres: Graphic novel, Contemporary, LGBTQIA
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey bookdragons! I have been wanting to tell you about this book for so long!! I read it I think in… July, and it made me so emotional, I couldn’t wait for it to be out! And now it is and you can go and grab yourself a copy 😛 If you need more convincing, check my review 😉 (yes I did aesthetics again, I’m on a spree… not at all cause I read this book month ago and didn’t write my review then)
Real life isn’t a fairytale.
But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through?
Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?
What I loved in the Magic Fish
(+) Asian LGBTQIA rep
(+) fairy tales, lots of fairy tales
(+) and they are used as a way to communicate between a mom and her son, when other words stay stuck inside
(+) cultural differences explored, between Vietnam and the US
(+) a coming out story full of gentleness and all in subtlety, things are not said directly, and yet so clear
(+) and a story of love between a son and his mon
(+) the drawings are incredibly beautiful, rich and whimsical
(+) brought tears to my eyes several times
(+) works for middle-grade readers
In a few words
I loved it! The fairy tales, the family connections, the differences of cultures, it was so well done. As how the fairy tales were the way a mom and her son could communicate was so beautiful
See you for a cup,