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Julia's House for Lost Creatures
by Ben Hatke


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 simple, sweet text of this picture book by "New York Times" Best-Selling "Zita the Spacegirl" author/illustrator Ben Hatke is perfectly balanced by his lush, detailed, immersive watercolor illustrations.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596438668
  • ISBN-10: 1596438665
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Health & Daily Living - Daily Activities

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-07-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Julia, a resourceful, apron-clad redhead, lives in a dilapidated Victorian house that gives new meaning to the words “mobile home”: it rests atop a giant tortoise. Once the house settles by the sea, Julia isn’t content to sit alone with her amassment of antiques; instead, she opens a “House for Lost Creatures.” Beasts quickly arrive, including a patchwork kitty, a melancholy mermaid, and a variety of Sendakian monsters. In his first picture book, Hatke (the Zita the Spacegirl series) crafts a funny, fantastical scenario with a girl hero in charge. A mix of panel sequences, spot illustrations, and full-bleed spreads push the action forward. When chaos erupts—elves (who consist solely of long beards, beaky noses, and pointy hats) invade the kitchen; the mermaid basks in the tub, demanding towels and soap; and a dance party commences after a troll discovers the record player—Julia assigns each misfit a household chore. Readers will approve of Julia’s democratic solution, especially since it allows the menagerie to stay together—and in a cozy, snoozing heap no less. Ages 4–up. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Agency. (Sept.)

 
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