Age range: 4-8
Publisher: First Second
Source: From publisher for review
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.My thoughts:
Well, I don't normally review children's books for one simple reason... I don't have kids. I do take the suggestions I see out in the blogosphere to my cousins but normally I don't read them. However, when I got this book I had to take a look. I love illustrated books and I love the artwork within those pages.
In the simple story Julia is looking to extinguish her loneliness with something different. She puts out a sign and gets some really interesting guests. At first their is chaos but Julia knows how to handle it. In the end everyone lives harmoniously with each other even though they are all very different. Yep, cute story as well.
I don't want to give too much in the way of the illustrations but the author/illustrator did a post on how the character of Julia evolved. Just go HERE to see all those lovely illustrations.
I recommend this book who enjoy picture books, even kids. This is a delightful creature book that isn't scary but fun. I would probably give the story 4 stars and the illustrations a 5.