We were thrilled when we found out Hatke was doing a picture book, since we adore his Zita the Spacegirl series. We were not disappointed! Julia lives in a house on the back of a tortoise. It’s full of wonderful things, including her workshop, but very lonely. But when she opens her home to all sorts of lost creatures, she gets a little more chaos than she bargained for! This book has two of the features which made Zita so enjoyable for me: Hatke’s intriguing character designs, and his attention to sounds and sound words. Fans of robots will get a special treat at the end, too.
This is a great story. Julia is lonely, so she opens her house to unfortunate creatures. Although her house gets crowded, she finds a way that they can all work together. When her house is in bad shape she hires someone to help fix it; never rejecting her large amount of guests.
The illustrations are warm and inviting, just like Julia. While some of the creatures look familiar, others are unlike anything I have ever seen. Author and illustrator Ben Hatke takes time to pack all sorts of fun details within, giving readers a new experience every time they open the book.
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I am really enjoying Mr. Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl series so when I saw this on the shelf I had to read it. Julia is a smart and creative problem-solver who manages the lost creatures she invites into her home by making up a chore chart. This is a funny book, wonderfully illustrated, though one does wonder what a little girl is doing by herself in a seaside cottage!
Julia's house comes to town. But it is too quiet. She puts a sign on the door and soon lost creatures of all sorts begin to show up. But more and more come and chaos ensues. Julia comes up with a plan--a chore chart to help keep things organized. Soon it is calm and cozy in her home for everyone.
The illustrations are beautiful, colorful and nicely detailed.
The story is unusual which is a fun trait, but a lot of questions go unanswered. Where did Julia come from? Why does a huge turtle carry her house around? I would have liked to know more about Julia.
This book is advertized for ages 4-8, but I don't know what children under school age would think of the more mature aspects of this story. It is great for grades 1-3 and is an excellent early reader.
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