Where's Julius?

Where's Julius?

by John Burningham
     
 

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He's too busy to eat! Julius is always too busy to come to meals - he's riding Egyptian camels by the pyramids, cooling hippos in the Lombo Bombo river, or doing any number of important and daring activities which make it difficult to get to the dinner table.  See more details below

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He's too busy to eat! Julius is always too busy to come to meals - he's riding Egyptian camels by the pyramids, cooling hippos in the Lombo Bombo river, or doing any number of important and daring activities which make it difficult to get to the dinner table.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Breakfast, lunch or supperyoung Julius is never around when it's time to eat. So his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Troutbeck, routinely fix trays of food to deliver to the boy, who is busy digging a hole to the other side of the world, riding a camel up a pyramid, throwing snowballs at wolves in Novosti Krosky, or shooting the rapids on the Chico Neeko River. One night, when they can't find Julius, his parents discover he's already at the table, waiting to enjoy a meal with them for a change! In one of his best works yet, Burningham is in splendid form, using such ordinary types as the Troutbecks, who spout mealtime homilies (great for reciting), which are a nice contrast to Julius's far-flung adventures. The artist's bright palette shows off the Troutbecks at home, or stoically picking their way through the elements of Julius's imagination to see that their son gets a decent meal. (3-6)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 ``Where's Julius?'' is the perpetual question asked at mealtime. As Julius' whereabouts get progressively more bizarre (``Julius says he cannot have lunch with us just at the moment because he's cooling the hippopotamuses in the Lombo Bombo River in Central Africa, with buckets of muddy water''), his parents calmly take his lovingly described meals to him, wherever he may be. The story ends with Julius finally joining his parents for an ordinary meal at home. This book's appeal is in its artwork and a peculiar dignified silliness rather than in a strong plot or any real dramatic tension. The juxtaposition of the matter-of-fact with the incongruous is seen both in the text (which has a deadpan style, with some sentences so long as to leave readers breathless) and in the illustrations. The pictures are sketchy, with minimal detail and fragmented lines. In the pictures that show Julius' parents at home, there are only touches of color; Burningham uses vivid, full-color double-page spreads when showing Julius' exotic adventures. Both the concept and execution are effective. Young children may either be fascinated or bored by the verbal accumulations, but the pictures and overall design make this an enjoyable purchase for libraries with large picture book collections. Lyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, Ill.

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ISBN-13:
9780099200710
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/13/1995
Pages:
32

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