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Julius, the Baby of the World (Mouse Books)

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Julius, the Baby of the World
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 21st 1995 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 24th 1990)
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Jan 20, 2010 Treasa rated it it was ok
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
Jul 16, 2011 Lauren rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Jan 12, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Sep 14, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
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
Sep 19, 2013 Jacoba rated it liked it
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,
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!
Feb 14, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is my favorite of all of Henkes' books. I just love way he depicts Lilly's attitude toward her baby brother, and how it changes toward the end. He must have first-hand knowledge of sibling rivalry! Cute and recommended!
Deb Carter
Jan 22, 2015 Deb Carter rated it it was amazing
I love Kevin Henkes' books. The love a sibling can be found despite all efforts. Hopefully this is true of teenagers too.
Jun 11, 2012 Bekka rated it really liked it
very cute! Loved the illustrations.
Jan 13, 2017 Leoschweighofer rated it it was amazing
Julius the baby of the world is THE baby of the world. He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of the world. He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of the world.He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of the world.He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of the world.He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of the world.He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of the world.He is the baby of the world, because he is the baby of ...more
Alexis Munk
Dec 01, 2016 Alexis Munk rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was very true and could be very relatable for children. When a new baby is about to be born most children are excited at the thought of the sibling but don't realize how much attention they require. They often get jealous after the baby is born and do anything they can to get the attention back on them. I think children would be able to really relate to this book. I also really loved how the mice were drawn.
Jan 31, 2017 Madison rated it it was amazing
Another great book for young kids. Especially for kids who are going to have a younger brother or sister, this is perfect for them.
I think this one has just dethroned "Chrysanthemum" as my favorite Kevin Henkes 'Mouse' book, although "Waiting" is still my favorite Henkes book overall.
Jan 13, 2017 Jakob rated it it was amazing
I liked the book because ist was very funny!
Nov 05, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2016 Bethany rated it liked it
Read for 5420 class

Picture storybook with theme of how an only child can and should adapt to having a younger sibling
Jun 15, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Hessler
In Kevin Henkes’ book Julius the Baby of the World, a common topic is discussed. This book is a great book for children who are no longer going to be the only child in their families. The main character Lily loves her baby brother before he is born. She was looking forward to being a big sister, but all of the changed when the baby arrives. Lily is very jealous of the baby because now her parents want to spend all their time with the baby. Although they do make sure that they do spend time with ...more
Heather Gray
Sep 11, 2016 Heather Gray rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Type of book- picture book
literary genre- fiction
Awards- ALA notable Children's book, Horn book Fanfare, Parents Choice Honor
Summary- Lilly is a young girl who has a new baby brother. She is very jeaolous of her brother Julius, even though her parents try to give her as much attention and compliments as they give Julius. Lilly is very mean to Julius and gets in trouble a lot because of her behavior towards him. This all changes when there is a family reunion and her cousin starts talking bad ab
Gabbie Capote
Dec 07, 2016 Gabbie Capote rated it it was ok
This book is a book about Lily and her new brother. Like many children they don’t understand the idea of sharing their parents when they are the only child for a long time. The jealousy kicks in with Lily that she isn’t the one getting all the attention. This book could be used for younger children to teach them that it is okay to feel jealous but they have to share and love their siblings. The concept of sharing may be too much for some but not much for others. Lily felt like the queen and she ...more
Madeline Coyne
Sep 29, 2016 Madeline Coyne rated it liked it
In this book Lily is expecting a baby brother she is all excited to be a big sister however things turn sour when he actually arrives. She doesn't think he is cute, she tells him horrible stories and is mean to him, she mimics his actions to get her parents attention. As the reader can see she is jealous. However, when her cousin comes over and says that her brother is disgusting she becomes upset. The reader can see that she does truly love her brother. Lily is rather funny when she is acting o ...more
Alex Gagliano
Jul 27, 2016 Alex Gagliano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-study
In other story about the silly Lilly, we see how Lilly handles getting a new baby brother. At first, she cannot understand what all the commotion is about. What's so great about a smaller version of herself? She is loud when he's sleeping, tells him mean stories, and tries to frighten him with her disguises. Her parents try everything in order to convince her that he is staying around for a very long time. Lilly does not budge. When her parents plan a family gathering to celebrate Julius, she is ...more
Molly Finnerty
Jun 29, 2015 Molly Finnerty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
"Julius the Baby of the World" tells the story of Lilly and her newborn baby brother Julius. Lilly does not like Julius, in fact, she hates him. She does not understand why her parents love him so much. All Julius does is babble, blow bubbles, scream, and sleep. Lilly thinks she is the Queen and it is time for Julius to leave. Read this story and follow Lilly as she begins to understand that Julius is her new baby brother and that he is here to stay. Throughout the book, Lilly expresses her disg ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite childhood storybooks. After rereading it as an adult, I can still understand why I loved it so much as a child. The story is about Lilly, who was a great big sister to her baby brother, Julius, before he was born. However, after Julius was born, Lilly feels much different about her new baby brother. She did not understand why he got so much attention from her parents. Lilly was not fond of Julius, but that is until her cousin ma ...more
Amy Forrester
Mar 09, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Love how this connected to the Lilly books
Rosa Cline
Oct 17, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
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
Brittney Griffith
Sep 18, 2012 Brittney Griffith rated it really liked it
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
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
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