Julius, the Baby of the World

Julius, the Baby of the World

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by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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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

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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. "

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW commended Henkes for displaying ``a deep understanding of sibling rivalry and a child's fragile self-esteem'' in this hilarious and refreshing twist on the familiar theme of a new baby in the family. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
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. It is a story that rings true and perfect for older siblings awaiting the arrival of a new family member. 1991 Notable Children's Book.
School Library Journal
It's the old familiar story of the displaced only child, freshly told and humorously illustrated. Lilly (of Chester's Way Greenwillow, 1988) is a very new, very unhappy big sister. Her parents dote on disgusting little Julius, ``the baby of the world,'' and cannot admire him enough. Lilly, however, annoys them by asking continually when he'll be going away so she can have her room back , and spends more and more time in the ``uncooperative chair.'' When she tries the baby tricks her parents so adore in Julius, they simply remind her to mind her manners. Plainly, there is no longer any justice in the world. Affairs are pretty bleak, until at a large family celebration, a cousin criticizes Julius. Like a tiger, Lilly springs to his defense. Magically, Henkes conveys a world of expressions and a wide range of complex emotions with a mere line or two upon the engaging mousey faces of Lilly and her family. A reassuring, funny book for all young children who suffer from new-sibling syndrome. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688143886
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
62,238
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen and Waiting; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Penny and Her Marble and for Waiting. His other books include 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 has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen and Waiting; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Penny and Her Marble and for Waiting. His other books include 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

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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Julius, the Baby of the World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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!!