Saturday, May 31, 2014

Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

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.

In this house, we are, quite simply, Ben Hatke fans.  It's true.  It all started way back when the first Zita book came out.  I happened to win the book on a Goodreads giveaway and there was no going back.  Zita the Spacegirl is a graphic novel series for middle grade readers.  We love Zita and we have all the books.  I would say the series is fun for the whole family.

You can imagine how excited I am to be able to review this new children's book, "Julia's House for Lost Creatures".  Ben Hatke is one talented guy.  The creatures in this book are full of character and life.  The illustrations are beautifully done- there is so much to look at on every single page.  

My kids are all past the picture book stage now but this is a book I would have bought in a heartbeat for them when they were all younger and sitting on my lap to read books.  The pictures provide not only something fun to look at but things to talk about as well.  It's light hearted and fun with a great message about pitching in and helping so a home is better for all who live there.  I love this sweet book!

This book doesn't release until September but you can pre-order it at Amazon.

You can learn more about the author, Ben Hatke and his books HERE.

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