Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is published under First Second's new picture book line. First Second publishes graphic novels and this picture book could be debated as to whether it is picture book or graphic novel. It is *indeed* a picture book. Large fully illustrated pages with small lines of text per page and yet the text is not linear along the top or bottom of the page. Like a graphic novel, the text (and sometimes illustrations) are in frames. Personally, I think that most picture books are often one pane graphic novels. Onto the story. It's quite simple; Julia brings her house to the shore, puts up a sign inviting lost creatures and doesn't have long to wait before a cat shows up, and then a troll, then a mermaid, etc, etc until the creatures are causing havoc in her house. The story is mediocre but the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!! No one can look at this book and not be captivated by the art. A lovely, handsome book with an ok story.
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