The creature in this book, who lives alone on the island of Habit, follows a daily routine. Until one day when a new creature arrives—maybe a new friend! But will their friendship last when the new friend doesn’t follow the routine? Find out in:
When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it. After I read it, I knew I had to own it. First, the art: The creatures (big and small) are quirky and adorable, and the book jacket screams, “read me!” Then (a personal favorite feature), the cover under the dust jacket reveals a different image. Careful observers will seek and find two friends, perhaps playing hide-and-seek. The artist gives more hints of what’s to come on the illustrated end papers (another personal favorite feature), with the front and back papers showing slight differences. The color palette is bright, bold, and fun and left me wanting to visit the island of Habit. Now, the text: On the surface, this story is about a big creature who never strays from his routine. When a small creature arrives, he shows the visitor how things are done. But when the new friend starts to stray from the routine, the creature of Habit does not like it one bit (“anything could happen.”). Underneath, this is a story about acceptance and friendship. It’s okay to follow a routine. It’s okay to not follow one at all. It’s okay to like what you like and it’s okay to try new things too. After all, “anything could happen,” maybe even making a new friend.
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.