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