A quick anecdote on my non-existent blog!
The other day at the store I was handed a galley of a new teen book coming out in summer that I'd never heard of, Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood. So naturally I starting perusing the back cover, and blah blah blah mermaids, was all I gleaned from it. So I said to Joyce (one of our fantabulous children's booksellers), how it seemed like mermaids were going to be the new trend, citing Anna Banks' upcoming book Of Poseidon as another book I recently heard of. And then we went our separate ways into a few more joyous hours of bookselling.
Later on in the day, Joyce came up to me again, holding a picture book with the title facing her. Before turning it around she said, I think we were right about the new trend... and when she turned the book around, lo and behold! It was the new Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet! And thus it was decided. If Fancy Nancy is going on mermaidesque adventures, it most certainly is the new trend.