Parents' Guide to

The Little Mermaid

By Diondra Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fresh fairy tale twist focuses on friendship, not romance.

The Little Mermaid Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This rendering of the classic tale, set between the fantastical worlds of the sea and the shore, will resonate with audiences who crave more representation in fairy tales. It is refreshing to see a young Black girl serve as a role model based on her sense of adventure, inquisitiveness, and love for her friends and family. This new version of The Little Mermaid allows readers to think critically about who they are, and what's most important to them.

The characters are brought to life through Pinkey's delicate pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, and the many details tucked in the art will draw readers in. The characters' feelings are palpable and brilliantly portrayed in the story.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate