Ben Hatke has written a picture book! Julia's House of Lost Creatures has all that makes his graphic novel trilogy, Zita the Spacegirl, Legends of Zita and The Return of Zita, absolutely winning - strong girl character, cute (and sometimes creepy) creatures and a strong sense of family - and more.
Hatke begins Julia's House of Lost Creatures with the sentence, "Julia's house came to town and settled by the sea." Julia's house just happens to be perched atop a gigantic tortoise. When Julia finds her new locale a bit too quiet, she runs to her workshop and makes a sign inviting in all lost creatures.
Soon, though, the "lost and homeless creatures of every description" are making a mess of the house and Julia is feeling frustrated.
Another visit to the workshop and Julia has the perfect solution. And, with one more special sign, she lands the perfect, final housemate!
Source: Review Copy