Julius, the Baby of the World

Julius, the Baby of the World

by Kevin Henkes

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Overview

The riotously funny Lilly, last seen in Chester's Way (Greenwillow), thinks her new baby brother, Julius, is disgusting — if he was a number, he would be zero. But when Cousin Garland dares to criticize Julius, Lilly bullies her into loudly admiring Julius as the baby of the world.Lilly knows her baby brother is nothing but dreadful — until she claims him for her own. "Henkes displays a deep understanding of sibling rivalry and a child's fragile self-esteem....Lilly is a superb and timely heroine." — Publishers Weekly. "

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688143886
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 46,206
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com


Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com

Hometown:

Madison, Wisconsin

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1960

Place of Birth:

Racine, Wisconsin

Education:

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Julius, the Baby of the World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
jmvarnad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time. Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit. She does not like Garland disliking her brother, so she make Garland adore him. Its a great book, its my favorite by author Kevin Henkes.
PaigeCostella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lilly hates her little brother Julius. She thinks his nose is slimy, his small black eyes are beady, and his white fur is not sweet. Lilly tries her hardest to make Julius leave, but her parents keep telling her he isn't going anywhere. When they have a party and their cousin is talking bad about Julius saying his nose is slimy, his eyes are beady, and his white fur is not sweet; Lilly gets upset and takes up for Julius. Lilly tells her cousin that Julius is the baby of the world and makes her repeat it. This is a good book to read to children that are about to become an older sibling. That family will always be there for you, and even though you may think you hate them, really you love them with all your heart.
alliecipa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lilly gets a new baby brother, Julius, who her parents call "The Baby of the World!" Lilly's excitement turns to jealousy as Julius is getting all of the attention now. After doing all that she can to bother him, she has a change of heart and loves him like the good big sister that she is! Children who have younger siblings can really relate to this funny story!
cgammerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read aloud in class when someone in the class is about to have a baby sister or brother. I think everyone who has had a younger sibling can relate to this book. The pictures are great and the wording of the story is extremely clever. A great follow-up activity would be to tell stories about younger siblings and how the children had to adapt to the changes.
Jpeshke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Julius the Baby of the World" is an another wonderful piece of work from author Kevin Henkes. It stars Lilly the mouse from "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse". It tells the familiar story of Lilly getting a new baby brother. Before he arrives, Lilly is a great sister and is excited to meet him but things change once he comes home. Lilly becomes jealous. This is a great story for a new big brother or sister. It is a great place to start a discussion about a new baby entering the family.
NancyStorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lilly loves her soon-to-be little brother, Julius. That is until he is born and gets love and attention from everyone, especially her parents. Now he is a bother and Lilly plans and schemes ways for his demise. That is until her cousin voices her thoughts about Julius being disgusting. Now Lilly is Julius' protector and tells everyone, "Julius is the baby of the world". Great artwork!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lilly, like many children, finds her baby brother doesn't live up to the pre-birth hype. He steals attention from her is what he does.And she expresses this the way many children do - she uses her words. People claiming that their children never, ever, EVER use words like "hate" or "ugly" or "disgusting" either don't have four year olds (Lilly's approximate age), have blocked that age from their memory, are lying, are lying to THEMSELVES, or have the sweetest, nicest, most wonderful children in existence.The rest of us live in the real world where four is the age of the potty mouth. Gosh, if I go through a day without hearing "I'm NEVER gonna be your SISTER ever AGAIN" and "I hate you, you're MEAN!" and "You're UGLY and MEAN and I'm gonna PEE ON YOU!" I start feeling foreheads! And of course my two nieces love each other very much (heaven forbid I put one in time-out for antagonizing her sister, it's the other one who whines and tries to convince me it's unnecessary and sneaks around to hand out hugs behind my back!), but like all young children they have big emotions and limited means of expressing them. (Really, I'm just happy they use their words instead of their hands.)And of course they didn't pick up the words "hate" and "ugly" and "disgusting" from the book, they picked it up from other children and from us - who doesn't say, when they burn their toast for the third time in a row, "Ugh, I hate burned toast"? Who doesn't say, when their kid picks their nose at the table, "Ugh, that's disgusting, go wash off and don't do it again"? Who doesn't say, when they find a bug in the house, "Hey, an ugly bug! Let's put it outside!"? (Who really wants to limit their child's vocabulary and leave them hopeless when they start school?)So yes, this is a very realistic book. And the resolution - banding together to protect her brother from an outsider - is pretty realistic too, the surplus of mice notwithstanding. I definitely recommend it for any child in the suggested age range of 4 - 8.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute, well illustrated book. I probably wouldn't read this to my whole class, but if I had a student who had a new sibling I might pull them aside and read it to them. I could also send it home for the parent to read to him/her. It teaches the importance of being nice to your siblings. It also teaches older siblings how special it is to be the big brother/sister. It teaches that families must stick together and stick up for each other.
ashley3919 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lilly's life changes when her baby brother Julius arrives. While her mom is pregnant, Lilly is so excited about her baby brother, but as soon as he finally gets here and she sees how much attention he gets her mind changes really fast. He does not do any wrong in his parents' eyes and Lilly can't understand why everyone loves him so much, until Lilly's cousins feels the same way about Julius. This makes Lilly's point of view change about Julius and they become best friends.This is a book is good for PreK - 3rd and a great way to help children cope with the fact they have a new baby brother or sister. It is good for individual reading and/or small or large group reading.
stharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Kevin Henkes. This book is a wonderful fantasy. The personification of the mice as a family makes it impossible for this to happen in reality. The plot of this story is truly wonderful and it makes it fun to read and relate to real life sibling rivalry. Keven writes in a way that makes it really fun to read and find out how the story is going to unfold.
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book to kids! It lets me bring out my Inner Lilly.
kidlitlist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I intend to buy every copy of this book that I can find to distribute as gifts to first time older siblings. Wonderful and funny story about the lengths to which Lilly goes to to get rid of the wonderful Julius.
loveourgirls More than 1 year ago
We are expecting a new member in our family and bought this after reading the reviews. Our little tyrant of a daughter told us how awful Lilly was and would keep saying how mean she was to her baby brother. We hope that baby Julius has influenced our little tyrant in a positive manner! Only a few more weeks to go in order to find out.
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It is always nice to have a little present for the big brother or big sister when a baby is born. I turn to this story over and over. Lily is quite the character ... she is in many of Kevin Henkes books. She is not too sure about her brother until someone ELSE says something mean about him. It's a great story as is all of Kevin Henke's stories.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Henkes does a wonderful job depicting the story of Lilly, a little mouse who is about to become a big sister. Before her younger sibling is born, she is the best big sister any mouse could ask for. However, when her brother, Julius, is born, Lilly began to feel jealous of him. She tries her hardest to get her parents to get rid of Julius. This and her other antics earn her several minutes in the time-out chair. Lilly's parents decide to throw a part for Julius and several relatives attend. One of Lilly's cousins begins to make fun of Julius, Lilly demands that her cousin take back her words and proclaim Julius the baby of the world! Henkes' illustrations addhumor and aide comprehension. This book would be great for early elementary age students possibly when discussing siblings or feelings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great! We really liked the end when Lilly was kind to Julius. We thought it was funny when Julius blew bubbles and then Lilly blew bubbles and got in trouble. We made a connection to this book too. It made us think about a kid we know that sometimes teases her little sister. This book was fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book in the library while looking for something to read to my 3yr old daughter. I had so much fun reading it to her I took it to work to read to my preschool class. They really loved it! The whole time I was reading it they commented on what a bad girl Lilly was being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the cutest book I think I have ever read! My kids always want me to read it more and more and I can't get enough of it either. I actually taught my oldest child how to deal with the new baby coming with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was funny and cute. We really like the story. We liked the characters, they were funny and nice. Lilly was mean but she was nice in the end. We liked the ending, it was cute and funny. The ending was really cool. It was weird that Lilly was mean to Julius. We definitly recommend this book to other teachers. We recommed this book to Kindergarteners and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book when my sister was expecting her second child. My nephew and I read this book MANY times those first couple years after his baby sister arrived. It was his favorite book! It was a great way to relate to an older child's feelings of jealousy over a new sibling! He also quit eating raisins after reading this book because Lilly said that 'raisins taste like dirt'. We still have a laugh about that one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in the library, searching for Judy Blume's 'The Pain and the Great One' when I stumbled upon this book. My two older children are in grave competition with my younger daughter. When we read this book, my older daughter almost fell off the couch because she was laughing so hard. We have read this book again and again and particularly enjoy the Lily's wit and creativity in expressing her feelings about her new baby. A MUST read for anyone with children experiencing sibling rivalry. Smart and funny!!