Graphic Novel Review: Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

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Graphic Novel Review: Julia’s House for Lost CreaturesJulia's House for Lost Creatures Published by First Second on October 14th 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 40
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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. 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.

thoughtJulia’s House for Lost Creatures is one of the prettiest books I have ever read. I love Hatke’s illustrations. Zita the Spacegirl is one of my favorite graphic novel series and I love that he wrote a book in picture book format. I hope my students fall in love with Julia’s House for Lost Creatures like I did. I love the use of a turtle for Julia to move her house around. It reminds me of several various stories about the whole world being on a turtle. In general, I love the idea of moving houses, like in stories about Baba Yaga and Howl’s Moving Castle.

I also love the variety of creatures that show up at Julia’s doorstep. Hatke’s illustrations are so beautiful and cute at the same time. The problem in the story is when she finds herself full and not so quiet. Julia suddenly has a house full of creatures that are loud and leave messes. So, she comes up with a plan – a chore list that each different creature can do to help around the house. They set to work and soon her house is back in order and she’s still not as lonely as when she first arrived.

The premise is cute and I loved the way everything played out. The repetition of what happened when the first couple of creatures came to the door is great for a readaloud as well.

Verdict:

Likely to be a favorite of mine, I love the blend of graphic novel and picture book with fantastic graphics and a cute story.

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