Publisher: First Second
Release Date: September 2, 2014
When Julia and her walking house come to town, she loves everything about her new home. Except how quiet it is. Looking for a bit of adventure and something to do, Julia hangs up a sign that reads, "Julia's House for Lost Creatures". It doesn't take long for the lost creatures to begin finding their way to her either. Soon, quiet isn't a problem, it's getting her new housemates to behave.
Julia's story felt like an amalgamation of Pippi Longstocking and Howl's Moving Castle with a bit of Where the Wild Things Are thrown in for good measure. If you have been following this page for any amount of time you know that I am a huge Zita the Spacegirl fan, which is why I was so excited about this book. Ben Hatke picture book? Yes, please. Such a fantastic menagerie of characters within these pages and the illustrations are as vibrant as always. This is one of those books where I wish my nephews lived a little closer so I could do a test run of the book with them, because I think they would love it. That said, I read aloud to myself and my cat and we both enjoyed it immensely. Definitely one that I think I shall be adding to my bookshelves for future niece and nephew visits.