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Julius, the Baby of the World (Mouse Books)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  4,392 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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.

"Julius is the baby of the world," said his parents. But Lilly, his older sister, disagreed.
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 24th 1990 by Greenwillow Books
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Treasa
Lily is not pleased when her parents bring home her little brother, Julius, and spend so much time cooing over him. But when Lily's cousin criticizes Julius, Lily's big-sisterly instincts kick in.

I dislike any book that involves an older sibling hating a younger sibling (or any sibling hating any sibling, for that matter). The first time I read this book, I was reading it out loud to a child I was babysitting. I almost stopped reading it because I was so disturbed that Lily says she hates Julius
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Sharon
Initially, Lily is excited upon hearing of the arrival of her baby brother. However, once her parents repeatedly state that the new baby, Julius, will be the "baby of the world," Lily becomes extremely envious and the tale of humorous sibling rivarly ensues. Lily go to mouse extremes in terms of her antics when it comes to her hatred and jealously towards her new baby brother. From warning strangers about the evils of babies to painting evil pictures of her family without Julius and even having ...more
Megan Marvel
I LOVE the humor in this book! I can totally identify with Lilly: rather stubborn, a little sassy, and very devious. As I read this, I thought, "Huh, the author's sense of humor is just like mine! We could totally be friends." Then I saw that it was Kevin Henkes and now I get it: he's from Madison, WI and I'm from Madison, WI, so we're cut from the same cloth! By the by, he was neighbors with my best friend from high school!
Josiah
Okay, this is just high-quality stuff right here!
In the same vein as "Owen", Kevin Henkes relates a smart story about Lilly, a girl with her own mind (very much so!) who takes something of a disliking to her baby brother shortly after his birth.
The pithy text absolutely oozes with wit and subtle charm, with big laughs reliably coming at every turn of the page. "Julius, the Baby of the World" represents Kevin Henkes near his picture-book best, and I would enthusiastically recommend this story
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Deb Carter
I love Kevin Henkes' books. The love a sibling can be found despite all efforts. Hopefully this is true of teenagers too.
Jacoba
Julius, Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes (1995)
Genre: Picture book
Format: Book
Plot summary: 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.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available): Sutton, Roger Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books , November 1990, Vol. 44,
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Lauren
I didn't like this book at all. I found myself changing the language while I was reading it aloud to my son. I know it's supposed to be cute and funny that Lilly hates her baby brother at first. In the end, she defends him...blah blah blah. I don't have any appreciation for a book that introduces the concept of hating your sibling. I'm spoiled perhaps because my son loves his baby sister and I certainly don't want to give him any ideas that it is cute or funny to "hate" her or talk about hating ...more
Kristen
Julius, the Baby of the World is Lilly's new baby brother, and she thinks he is disgusting. Most children will go through some kind of phase when a new sibling is brought home. This book displays lots of negative criticism to siblings at first, but in the end the older sibling takes a stand to protect her younger brother. This realistic story brings sibling together.
Dannita Stanley
I appreciate how the author of this book took a pretty elementary book and added upper elementary vocabulary. As a result, this book can be used for lower elementary and upper elementary students. I think it’s a book that upper elementary students may be able to connect with as many of them have younger siblings.

I was most drawn into this story at the point of when Lilly, Julius’ big sister, began to feel differently about Baby Julius. I think the point in which she started to show signs of jea
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Rosa Cline
If you can get over Lilly's bad attitude toward things this is a good book to get for a siblings 'welcoming' a baby sibling. The author does a good job at 'life lessons' and illustrations for his books thus why I still enjoy reading them to my 2 year old granddaughter and my two special needs teen age sons. BUT I rather do not like Lilly's behavior; she's always very bossy and talks back to her parent (of which they just go along with her most of the time). So parents beware of possible children ...more
Julie
Lilly loved baby Julius, until he was actually born. Lilly's parents think that Julius is the baby of the world. Lilly thought otherwise and tried to scare Julius and tell him mean stories. Everyone admired Julius's pink nose, black eyes, and sweet white fur. Lilly's mind wasn't going to change about the way she felt towards Julius until her cousin Garland says mean things to her baby brother.

The watercolor illustrations in this book are very descriptive. There are multiple pictures, little and
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Anna Summers

Julius, The Baby of the World is a book about sibling rivalry. Lilly feels that she is the center of her parents’ universe until her baby brother, Julius, is born. Lilly soon realizes that it is no fun having a baby brother. When someone else picks on Julius, Lilly discovers that Julius is, indeed, the best baby of the world. The author, Kevin Henkes, is spot on with the theme of this book, sibling rivalry. Jealousy between siblings is a universal theme that most everyone can relate to. I like t
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Andrea
This cute story is about Lilly’s new baby brother. At first, Lilly doesn’t like having him around. She thinks her new brother is disgusting! But she gets used to him after a while and learns to love him. This books reflects the classic siblings rivalry. I think this book is perfect for any child who has recently become the older siblings to a newborn. This humorous story teaches children that experiencing a little jealousy toward the younger sibling is completely normal. Many young readers will ...more
Desiree Schirg
This story was about a girl named Lilly getting a new brother named Julius. At first, she was very excited about a new baby coming, but then she quickly changed her mind when he arrived. She realized that she was not getting the attention from her parents as she used to being the only child. Throughout the story Lilly thought her younger brother was disgusting and wanted him to go away, but he didn't. All of that changed towards the end of the story when Lilly's cousin Garland criticized Julius, ...more
Amanda Deatherage
This endearing story is great to read to a little kid who is about to have a new baby brother or sister or just recently got one. In the book Lilly is less than a fan of her new baby brother Julius. Lilly is jealous of all the attention her parents are giving to the new baby and says she hates him and calls him names. However, when her cousin tries to say the same mean things to Julius that Lilly usually said, Lilly steps in. She tells her cousin that she can't talk to her little brother like th ...more
Mary Ann
When her new brother arrives, Lilly’s parents are smitten, but Lilly is filled with jealousy. “‘Julius is the baby of the world,’ chimed Lilly's parents. ‘Disgusting,’ said Lilly.” Henkes masterfully captures Lilly’s growing frustration and the way she suddenly turns protective when her cousin criticizes Julius. Families are never easy.
Kim
The big sister in this book is absolutely horrendously behaved. She's a monster and her parents are pretty spineless about the whole thing. I very seldom see older siblings who dislike new babies enough to scream that they hate them, along with various other insults. It was really disheartening to see this portrayed in a children's book as normal and acceptable behavior. Yes, Lily realizes by the end that she loves her brother, but the whole rest of the book she's awful! There are far, far bette ...more
Bekka
very cute! Loved the illustrations.
David
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes shows us how Lilly reacts to Julius her new baby brother, including her change of attitude.

Lilly thinks her new baby brother Julius is disgusting: if he was a number he would be zero. Julius is the baby of the world said his parents. But Lilly his older sister disagreed. She tells him he's ugly and says she hates him. Lilly spends more time than usual in the uncooperative chair. Though her parents shower her with hugs kisses and all kinds of treats
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Eva Leger
This is one of my three favorite Henkes' books so far. It's realistic beyond belief. I can remember being a child and not being thrilled - to say the least - with my little sister. I can remember my older sister not being thrilled with me.
I didn't get - or like, due to the not getting - the 'baby of the world' thing. That seemed out of place but it's only said two or three times maybe so it didn't affect the story for me.
I loved how it took Lilly's cousin saying the same - negative - thing(s) th
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Melynda Moore
What: This is a really cute book! In this book, Lilly is going to be a big sister. Before the baby is born, she is excited about it. After the baby is born, her mind changed and it is not so exciting. She does not like her baby brother. She does not understand why everyone thinks that he is so great. Throughout the book, she does what she can to get away from him and is being mean to him. Until there is a party to celebrate her brother and one of her cousins does not think he is so great. This m ...more
Connie
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
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Brittney Griffith
From the previous "Lilly and the Purple Plastic Purse", Lilly is going to be the best big sister anyone has ever seen. She is so excited for baby Julius, until he actually arrives. She becomes jealous about how much attention he is getting from his parents. She gets upset that he has to live in her room with her. I would have rated this book as a 5/5 stars but there are small little captions in the illustrations of Lilly stating she "hates" Julius. But, if used as a read-aloud in the classroom t ...more
Amy Musser
Lilly was a great big sister, until baby Julius was actually born. Now she has to share her room and be quiet. What’s more, everyone oohs and ahhs over him when he gurgles and blows bubbles, but when Lilly does the same, they tell her to mind her manners. Lilly does her best to scare Julius away, but he stays and stays and stays. Her parent’s throw a party to introduce Julius to friends and family and Lilly rolls her eyes as everyone coos over Julius. Then she hears Cousin Garland, “I think his ...more
Christina Taylor
Julius, the Baby of the World is one of the many titles in Henkes’ mouse books. In this story, Lilly’s mother has just given birth to a baby boy upon whom the parents dote. Being forced to share the spot light, Lilly is terribly jealous and does everything in her power to be disagreeable. Thwarting all of her parents’ attempts to win her over, Lilly continues to spite baby Julius until he comes under criticism from Cousin Garland at which point Lilly proves that she understands the significance ...more
Amanda Hicks
A good book got any child to read who is expecting a new sibling and doesn't quite know how to feel about it. Lilly displays typical actions of that of a child who is feeling replaced. She detests her new brother and tries everything in her power to get him to go away. However, when someone else thinks the baby is ugly and unsweet, Lilly has a big problem with it. No one can pick on her brother except her, and that I how she comes to love her new baby brother.
Kristian
Kenin Henkes always delivers, and this adorable books does it again. Illustrated with his mice, we again get a glimpse into life as a young child when Lily has to deal with getting a baby brother- Julius, Baby of the World. Lily is a vibrant character who features in several other of Henkes' books. I think many kids can see themselves in her, and certain in her trail. For while they are often funny situations, they ring very true to life.
Samantha
Lilly is excited about her baby brother before he arrives, but once she meets him in person, she can't stand him. Baby Julius' presence brings out the worst behavior in Lilly, but all that changes when she witnesses an extended family member expressing her disgust of Julius. Suddenly, Lilly becomes Julius' defender and the rest is history.

Good realistic kid emotions, good conclusion. Pen and watercolor. PreK-2.
Amy
May 29, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Katrina
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
My niece liked this book and identified with the idea being presented here. I'm sure she would have given this book three stars, which is why I gave it three stars.

That said, I thought Lily was an unpleasant child, whether she was having trouble adjusting to her brother or no. Lily's nastiness and snottiness persisted from beginning to end, and that just got to be a bit much for me. I would probably give this book one-and-a-half stars, but it's been a long time since I've had to adjust to a new
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Teri
Reminded me of growing up with my brothers. We played, laughed and fought with each other. We might say something unkind about each other but heaven help the person who said anything derogatory about us. We were fiercely loyal. Cute story. My friend has always called my little girl " the baby of the world." Now I know where she got that saying from;)
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