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Julia's House Goes Home

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The third book in the Julia's House series will tug at heartstrings. The last time readers saw Julia's house, in last year's Julia's House Moves On,the house had sprouted wings and was flying; Julia's plans in the literal air. Now, the house lands, but takes a terrible tumble and rolls away, leaving Julia holding only the sign from her door! As she tries to track down the house, she gathers her Lost Creature friends, who've all been tossed and tumbled as the house bounced away, but just when she thinks she's found the house, she makes a distressing discovery. Can she and her friends make things right again? A touching close to the Julia's House trilogy, Julia's House Goes Home shows a maturing Julia; a main character who's gone from always having a plan, to learning that it's okay to throw your plans out the window and just live in the moment, to having your plans fall apart in front of you - and having your friends be there to catch you when you fall. Readers familiar with Ben Hatke's books will delight in seeing familiar monster friends and a wink to his 2016 story, Nobody Likes a Goblin. Watercolor artwork gives a moving, wistful, yet comforting feel to the story, and the back endpapers offer a sweet epilogue to sharp-eyed readers. I really loved reading all three books together. It's a very gentle story that unfolds and invites you in to spend some time with it.
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**ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review**

Julia's House Goes Home by Ben Hatke was a lovely installment in this picture book series about a girl who cares for all manner of fantastical creatures by letting them stay in her house. This one felt the most like a conclusion to the characters' story, but we can always hope for more. ;-) Hatke has a way of making you feel for the characters in such a short amount of pages, and most of them not saying a word. All of these books have Hatke's charming and whimsical art and are completely heartfelt and heartwarming, making you want to cuddle up with your own family, "blood" or "found" alike. Loved this and so grateful to have read it early!
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Review to be posted on GoodReads on Oct 5, 2021:

Julia, her house, and all the inhabitants are looking for a new spot of land to settle down. A bit of a tumble separates the residents and Julia, and as they slowly regroup and add more creatures looking for a home Julia starts to wonder if she’s promised them more than she can deliver. Will there really be enough room for everyone? And what kind of shape is her house in after that tumble?

I love the sentiment of this story. Julia and her friends have big hearts, and when Julia’s vision for how to make things work falters, they pick her up and help her out. Some adults reading to sensitive readers may want to know that there are friendly ghosts in a somewhat spooky graveyard who want to join the household, so know they audience you read this to and whether their imaginations can handle it. The message of the story is overall heartwarming and leaves you with warm fuzzies. And of course, Ben Hatke’s illustrations are as enchanting as ever.

<i>I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.</i>
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I am a big fan of Ben Hatke's work, especially his picture books. The stories are always fun and engaging, the artwork is always a perfect balance of cartoony and realistic. Julia's House Goes Home is no exception.  This story is the perfect ending to the Julia's House sage.
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I really love the powerful themes in this series. They could spark a lot of discussion and are very timely. Some of our youngest readers might not notice them. The artwork will hold almost any reader's attention and will help be a gateway to Ben Hatke's graphic novel series, Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack.
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This book was so beautiful, the colors, the artwork, the storyline, it was all brilliant and I really loved it.  

Good story about friendship, inclusion and helping others.  I think I would have enjoyed having this read to me as a young child.  The colors are bright, the characters are active and you can sense the movement of them as they travel to the new home.  The story is sweet and heartwarming and the new home looks so amazing, I would love to live there too!

4, sweet solid, stars!

My thanks to NetGalley and First Second Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
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I received an electronic ARC from First Second Books through NetGalley.
Delightful continuation of this story. It's finally time for Julia's house to find a new home. She spots the perfect location but it is quite a trip to get down the hills. Unfortunately, the house trips and rolls and Julia is tossed off. Readers see her find her way out of a dark tunnel and meet up with her creatures along the way. In fact, she gathers so many creatures - new and old - that she doesn't think they will fit. As readers may predict, the house shattered after the rough trip and the perfect spot is not as perfect as she thought. However, the creatures are ecstatic and get started on building new homes for everyone. In fact, they build a whole town and call it - Julia's Town.
Lovely illustrations capture the different creatures. The text and illustrations show the love and acceptance they feel toward each other. Readers see each creature accepted for who they are and welcomed to live in the home together. Perfect book to emphasize celebrating uniqueness and working together to make life better.
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Thank you to NetGalley and First Second for the opportunity to review this advanced copy of Julia's House Goes Home. The final book in the beautiful and powerful Julia's House trilogy, author and artist Ben Hatke delivers an emotionally satisfying conclusion that both kids and adults can appreciate. The artwork is, as always, gorgeous, dynamic, perfectly colored, and expressive. A wonderful addition to any collection.
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An absolutely delightful end(?) to this series. I've enjoyed each Julia book more than the last and would happily read them forever. Filled with empathy and love and kindness, as well as the most amazing and adorable drawings of creatures!
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Thanks to Netgalley and First Second Books for this lovely ARC.  

I read Julia’s House Goes Home with my 7 year old daughter and we both thoroughly enjoyed. The whimsical illustrations were the highlight of the story and we enjoyed taking our time and pointing out all of the magical creatures. 

The message was positive and hopeful. It was a lovely picture book.
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I really enjoyed this book!

The illustrations were lovely and it was a really fun read.

I like the mix of characters that Julia gathering on her journey too.

It’s a really positive read – it was easy to follow and understand.

I read it with my four-year-old daughter and she loved the story.

It is 5 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended!
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Thanks to Netgalley and First Second Books for the ARC of this in exchange for my honest review. 

A sweet, gentle, found family of monsters that the whole family can enjoy. My kids are loving this series, and this third installment was no exception. The art is still gorgeous and the creatures varied. I love how they all work together when things look bleak. Definitely recommend this adorable series to all monster and creature lovers.
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A beautiful continuation of the Julia's House series. Julia perseveres even when all seems lost and her kindness pays off for the creatures in her care as well as for herself. The art is enchanting.
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Julia’s House Goes Home is the third book in the Julia’s House series written and illustrated by Ben Hatke. This trilogy should be read sequentially in order to truly understand and enjoy the plot.

Summary: Julia’s house is coming in for a landing! After its adventure at sea, the house is ready to settle down but can Julia and the creatures find the perfect spot?

My Thoughts: I loved this book. The entire series is delightful. There are fabulously whimsical creatures (mermaid riding a unicorn anyone?), and each and every page has so many tiny details that I see something new every time I read these books.

I love Julia’s heart and how she is always looking out for the creatures. I love that she learns how to keep going-even when her plans fall apart. And, there is a beautifully sweet ending to the series that will make your child (or you) sigh, and pick up the series to start over from book one.

This book is fun for kids and grown-ups alike, and would make a great addition to any library.

I would like to thank First Second Books for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!!!
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I enjoyed this addition to the Julia books. My daughter loves these books and I enjoy sharing them with my class. The message of everyone being welcome is a great addition to our SEL lessons.
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So charming! I love the Julia's House series and this no exception. Hatke's art is delightful as always and Julia's kindness warms my heart. I love it!
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The previous two Julia's House books are big favorites, but for my students and for my own children. I'm so pleased that this third book will fit so nicely with its predecessors! It's so good!
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Not my favorite Julia book. The art work is amazing, as Mr. Hatke always does.  It somehow felt rushed and a little short.  Still a strong commendation, especially if his other books are favorites!
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The art in this book is beautiful and I really liked the central message of providing a place for everyone who needs one, expanding if necessary. There was one point I got hung up on, though - the house seems to be at least a semi-sentient entity in the context of the story, and then it essentially dies and there's no real acknowledgement of that in the text! It was unexpectedly jarring and made me a bit sad.
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This story has the potential to inspire the imagination but it falls short. It tries to cover too many concepts - home, exploration, inclusiveness - in too short a text. We are taken to another situation before we have digested and incorporated the current one. The artwork is whimsical and engaging, but the text is flat.
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