Book review #288: Julia’s House for Lost Creatures #bookaday

Julia's House for Lost Creatures coverby Ben Hatke
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 1.7
4 out of 5 stars


This is a very creative and original picture book that features a young girl named Julia. You must begin reading this book on the title page, where we see a Victorian-style house perched on the back of a giant tortoise. You can immediately tell this is a work of fantasy! Julia’s house is too quiet, so she hangs a sign welcoming lost creatures. She is joined by a dragon, mermaid, ghost and trolls. As you can imagine, things could get a little out of hand, but Julia is quick-thinking and gets it all under control. I love her strong and independent character.

The illustrations are very sweet and perfectly fit in this younger children’s fantasy picture book.

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