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Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges
Charlie and Lola: My Best, Best Friend by Lauren Child and Carol Noble
Day of Doom by David Baldacci
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Finch's Fortune by Mazo de la Roche
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
Here She Is, Ms Teeny-Wonderful by Martyn Godfrey
Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? by Nancy E. Krulik
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
Line 135 by Germano Zullo
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
Scribble by Deborah Freedman
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Your Food Is Fooling You by David A. Kessler
Zak's Lunch by Margie Palatini
Zen Attitude by Sujata Massey

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One star ratings are short hand for DNF

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Julia's House for Lost Creatures: 05/08/15

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Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke is the story of a hostel for wayward creatures — from mermaids to monsters. Julia does her best to provide for them but their needs and the demands of running the place are wearing her down. Something has to give!

Julia's choices are hire help, evict her guests, or get them to help. She opts for the last one — giving them all chores. This book is perfect for parents who might be introducing chores into their children's lives. It shows that everyone can do something to pitch in, even if it means making accommodations (like a wash basin of water for a mermaid to sit in while doing the dishes).

This book was nominated for the elementary school level of the graphic novels category for the 2014 CYBILs. I think this has more to do with the author being Ben Hatke (of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels) than with its actual format. It's the size of a picture book, and frankly if I were cataloging it, I would put it with the picture books. But it does have panels, so it's sort of a transitional book between traditional picture books and graphic novels / comics for young readers.

Five stars

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