Julia’s House for Lost Creatures is one of the prettiest books I have ever read. I love Hatke’s illustrations. Zita the Spacegirl is one of my favoritJulia’s House for Lost Creatures is one of the prettiest books I have ever read. I love Hatke’s illustrations. Zita the Spacegirl is one of my favorite graphic novel series and I love that he wrote a book in picture book format. I hope my students fall in love with Julia’s House for Lost Creatures like I did. I love the use of a turtle for Julia to move her house around. It reminds me of several various stories about the whole world being on a turtle. In general, I love the idea of moving houses, like in stories about Baba Yaga and Howl’s Moving Castle.
I also love the variety of creatures that show up at Julia’s doorstep. Hatke’s illustrations are so beautiful and cute at the same time. The problem in the story is when she finds herself full and not so quiet. Julia suddenly has a house full of creatures that are loud and leave messes. So, she comes up with a plan – a chore list that each different creature can do to help around the house. They set to work and soon her house is back in order and she’s still not as lonely as when she first arrived.
The premise is cute and I loved the way everything played out. The repetition of what happened when the first couple of creatures came to the door is great for a readaloud as well.
Likely to be a favorite of mine, I love the blend of graphic novel and picture book with fantastic graphics and a cute story. ...more
The Zoo Box is a graphic novel that is more for elementary students and picture book format. I think my students would love this book, I loved the wayThe Zoo Box is a graphic novel that is more for elementary students and picture book format. I think my students would love this book, I loved the way that it flips roles of animals and humans in a zoo. What struck me at the beginning of the book is the way the siblings get along. At first I thought the older sister wouldn’t be so quick to play with her little brother, especially being the one in charge. That thought is probably due to my own experiences with an older sister who liked to boss around rather than play.
I loved the illustrations and the design of the characters and animals. The story moved at a good pace, slowly revealing that they were actually in a zoo for humans, rather than vice versa. I would love to read this book to my students and talk about perspective this year. My students are way into animals and our school is fairly close to our local zoo that most of them have visited.
A fun graphic novel for younger readers full of adventure and flipped perspective....more