Sunday, August 17, 2014

ARC Review: Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Julia's House for Lost Creatures
Author: Ben Hatke
Publisher: First Second
Pages: Hardcover; 40 pages
Recommended Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd
Release Date: September 2, 2014
When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is!

The first ever picture book by Zita the Spacegirl author/illustrator Ben Hatke is painted in his charming, detailed, immersive watercolors.

Delightful. That's exactly the word for Julia's House for Lost Creatures. Completely, and utterly, delightful. From the first time the reader lays on eyes on Julia's special home, it's all over. Perched on the back of a turtle, her home is the epitome of cozy and warm. The only thing missing? Friends. A house can feel much too large when you don't have friends to share it with.

What follows is an adorable story about working together, and solving problems. It's filled with trolls, patched-up kittens, and all manner of charming little creatures. With funny situations, and ample amounts of fun sounds to read out loud with little ones. This is the type of story that can be read over and over, without losing its magic. 

There's something about a well done picture book that transcends all ages. Whether you're 6, or 60, Julia's House for Lost Creatures is guaranteed to make you smile. If the cover itself doesn't already enchant you, it's certain that the pages inside this gorgeously illustrated children's book will. Julia's home, the unlikely inhabitants, and everything they get up to makes for a story that is too fun to ignore. Have a budding reader in your life? They need this book. Plain and simple.


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