Win this sweet picture book by our Writer in Residence about a sea cow who thinks it's a mermaid

Author Candy Gourlay's picture book is a beautiful tribute to friendship and self-belief, as well as a plea for the vulnerable sea cow (also known as the dugong), which will have you and your child immediately naming it as your new favourite animal. 



Have you seen Is It a Mermaid? by our current Writer in Residence, Candy Gourlay? Well, here's your chance to win a copy and find out more about this astonishing marine animal. 

As Bel and Benji play on a tropical beach, a friendly dugong joins them. The dugong, also known as a sea cow, insists she is actually a mermaid and shows off what she claims is her elegant tail, graceful swimming technique and melodious song.

Bel, who sees beauty in the dugong’s ungainly efforts to sing and dance, embraces her imaginative and joyful fantasy world. Benji, however, is so determined to prove she is a lumbering grey sea cow, that he inadvertently offends their new friend… But luckily, mermaids are very forgiving.

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We are giving away TEN COPIES of this fabulous picture book, which is ideal for 3 to 7 year olds.

Enter below and best of luck!

Win Is it a Mermaid? by Candy Gourlay

There are three statements about the dugong below. Which of these is NOT REALLY TRUE?

Terms and conditions

1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.

4. Only one entry per person.

5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Friday, 28 June 2019.

6. There will be ten winners selected at random (from all eligible entries).

7. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.

8. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. The prize will not be transferable to another person.

10. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

11. The prize is run by BookTrust of G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE. However, the prize will be sent out by a third party and by entering you acknowledge that your details will be passed on to them, solely for the purposes of administering this competition.

12. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement.

13. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.

Writer in Residence

Our current Writer in Residence is Candy Gourlay, who is writing blogs, running competitions and giving us her unique perspective on the world of children's books.

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