Lately for some unknown reason Mermaid has been worried about monsters. There are monsters in her room, there is a monster coming around the corner in the grocery store, there is a monster in the bushes in the park. Basically there is a monster just about everywhere we go.
I have tried the “lets go look and see” method, where we go see what she might think is a monster. I tried telling her that they couldn’t get her if Mommy or Daddy were near. Nothing has worked for the last two weeks. Just to be clear she is not really terrified that there is a monster going to get her. I am pretty sure she saw a monster on a Disney cartoon and is using it for conversation.
So this week when we went to our favorite book store I found a book on a little girl who loves monsters – Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke. This is an awesome book for so many reasons.
- The story’s overall theme is about a little girl who was lonely and decided to invite lonely creatures to come live with her. Once she has a house full, she turns them into a family where each one has a role to play.
- It is the perfect length for a bed time story.
- The images are beautiful. Mermaid loves naming all the monsters and pointing out what chores they are doing.
- In a subtle way it teaches acceptance. Julia is a human little girl but she invites all creatures to live in the house and doesn’t turn away anyone no matter what they look like. Some of the creatures include a bridge troll, a mermaid, a dragon, and a ghost.
- In the book Julia makes all the monsters responsible for different chores. I love that it reinforces that everyone in the family is responsible for keeping the house.
I love this book, and if I can still say that after reading it to Mermaid four times a day for the last week – it has to be awesome. I hope you and your littles love it too
*NOTE: ALL IMAGES IN THIS POST ARE PICTURES I TOOK OF THE BOOK. ALL CREDITS GO TO BEN HATKE. I INCLUDED THEM HERE TO SHOW YOU HOW BEAUTIFUL THE BOOK IS.