I have been seeing this book shared by a lot of fellow bibliophiles. Seeing the book cover reminded me a little bit of Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, and so I was glad to find it in our library.
Julia’s House For Lost Creatures
Written and Illustrated by: Ben Hatke
Published by: First Second, 2014. ISBN: 1596438665 (ISBN13: 9781596438668). Book Award: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Books (2014). Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
Julia found just the perfect spot for her house – overlooking the sea. The exact same spot I would have chosen for myself. But it’s a huge house, and Julia is alone. So she thought of a bright idea:
Soon enough, she had lovely company.
What she didn’t realize, however, was that it’s not always patched-up kittens who come knocking on her door, seeking shelter. And man, they are many:
Clearly, she did not anticipate the chaos her innocent-looking sign would bring. And smart girl that Julia is, she thought of a way of making sense of this mayhem:
Whether or not this worked, I shall leave for you to discover. While I found the text-narrative a little on the thin side, it was really Hatke’s art that lured me in. Do pair this book with Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing for more fantastical love.