Need to Talk to Your Child About Chores? Use Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

Lost Creatures

When we started reading Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke, I had no idea I would use it to discuss ML’s need to step it up on her chores.  After Julia hangs a sign at her house stating “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures,” a variety of characters arrive… a kitty, a troll, gnomes, a mermaid, a dragon, a ghost and a host of others.  Chaos ensues.

Eventually, Julia has enough.  She yells at the creatures, runs to her workshop and places a “Do Not Disturb” sign on her door.  After a bit she returns with a new sign, “Julia’s House Chore Chart.”  We giggled at the appropriateness of the assignments.  Dragon – make toast.  Ghost- polish and dust.

One of the most creative story lines I’ve seen in years.