This is a perfect story to illustrate problem solving and cooperation. And, although the text is sparse, there is plenty of detail to talk about from the illustrations that support those brief phrases. Fans of Hatke's style of illustration will feel right at home with this book and it can also be an introduction to his work for those that have not encountered his graphic novels yet. Julia and her house of creatures remind me of Pippi Longstocking and her house full of pets and critters. It's comforting to see someone who is willing to open their home to the lost and displaced.
I received an advance reader copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book. It will be published on September 2, 2014.