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Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Julia is new in town, courtesy of her giant tortoise-house. She likes the neighborhood perfectly fine but thinks it is a tad quiet. To make things more interesting, she hangs a sign outside her door reading "Julia's House for Lost Creatures."

Soon, all sorts of magical beings appear on her doorstep looking for shelter. It starts with a patchwork cat, then a bridgeless troll follows. Once word spreads about the house, gnomes, dragons and mermaids start lining up outside. Before Julia even knows it, her humble abode has been overrun with a bunch of fairytale freeloaders. What is a harried hostess to do?

Thankfully, Julia is quite smart and assertive. She quickly creates another sign to split up various household chores amongst her guests. When everyone starts pitching in, life becomes a lot more manageable.

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.

Ben Hatke will be visiting several of our locations on Thursday, April 9, to discuss his books and creative process. Families with kids in grades K-6 are invited to see him speak at the following locations and times.

Julia's House for Lost Creatures is charming and delightful. Plan your own visit there sometime soon!