Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 Julia's House for Lost Creatures


Ben Hatke, creator of the popular Zita the Space Girl graphic novels, has now completed his first picture book. This debut in the picture book genre is just as full of whimsy and humor as Zita's adventures. Julia, our main character, has a house that is quite out of the ordinary. When it comes to town (yes, the house comes to town), and settles in a cozy seaside spot, Julia discovers that her home is too quiet. Being a very proactive girl, she makes a sign that reads "Julia's House for Lost Creatures" and hangs it near the front door. Before long the house is full of all sorts of odd creatures and it isn't quiet any longer. Now there are noises and messes and Julia comes up with a brilliant solution to the problem.

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.

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