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The Stories Julian Tells (Julian)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  738 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Julian is a quick fibber and a wishful thinker. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people—especially his younger brother, Huey—believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian a ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 21st 1989 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1981)
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Barb Middleton
Nov 19, 2014 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing
This book has “disappeared” twice in my four years as librarian at this school. That’s unusual in itself, but when the illustration on the cover is ugly and it still “disappears” then I know I have to read it.

The Stories Julian Tells, by Ann Cameron, is 20 years old and while it has a forgettable cover, it is a gem inside with terrific writing, characterizations, and plot.

Julian and his younger brother, Huey, get in trouble with their dad when they eat most of the pudding the three have made for
Joshua Whiting
I don't really know anything about this book or its author, but I kind of loved it, and my son liked it as well. Adding to the allure is that mine is a 30+ year old weeded school library copy (terrible-looking but indestructible) that I must have kept for its ironic promise but grabbed the other night in desperation in an attempt to demonstrate to my 4-year-old son that not all chapter books are "scary." (He was recently traumatized by Augustus Gloop being sucked up a chocolate plumbing system.) ...more
Summary: Each of the six chapters in this book is a story narrated by Julian. He lives with his mom, dad, and younger brother Huey. His dad is a smart, fun, yet serious man. He is loving towards his family as he makes pudding for his wife with the help of Julian and Huey. He is honest as he teaches Julian different ways to pull out his loose tooth. He helps Julian and Huey start their own garden. Julian has a large imagination which makes him great at fibbing. He convinces Huey that catalogs are ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Julian and his little brother Huey are full of imagination that sometimes gets them into tight spots with their parents, but kids and adults will admire the courage with which they explore new ideas and experiences. This series is one of few gentle, positive portrayals of growing up black in America. The parents are individual characters with humor and imagination themselves. Any family would enjoy this series, which is targeted for seven to 12 year olds, but families of color (like mine) will e ...more
Teresa Scherping
Julian loves to make up stories, and sometimes they get him into trouble. When his dad makes a special pudding for his mom that tastes like "a whole raft of lemons" and "a night on the sea," Julian and his little brother Huey just take one little taste. And then another. And then they have to smooth out the pudding with spoons, so they eat just a little more. Will there be any pudding left? Will Julian ever stay out of trouble? Another time, Julian tells Huey that catalogs are books full of cats ...more
Ronda Fox
Aug 22, 2014 Ronda Fox rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-teen
I read The Stories Julian Tells for a third grade class. Julian is African America, which is nice to see in elementary books because ti is fairly not too common. The stories mainly take place around Julian, his little brother named Huey, and their parent; the final story is Julian and his new friend Gloria. There is a strong loving relationship among the characters in this realistic fiction, but the boys do tease and trick each other like many real siblings. These are heartwarming stories. The s ...more
Amanda Harris
Apr 19, 2014 Amanda Harris rated it it was amazing
Julian tells many stories, some are exaggerations, some are fibs, and some are the whimsical perspective of Julian and how he sees life. However, all are in good fun and leave you with a smile on your face. I especially love the story about Julian's tooth being loose and his dad offering many ways to help it out. I feel like all kids can relate to these stories and that's why it will never go out of style! I read this book as a child and reread it as an adult. I remember really liking the book a ...more
Delightful stories about truth-telling many beginning readers will relate to. I love that these are stories about boys and their father, a nice change of pace, and though they were written some time ago the stories are still relevant because they are so domestic and true to the lives of children.
Jacqui Robbins
Mar 18, 2008 Jacqui Robbins rated it it was amazing
I read this aloud to my daughter today and was reminded of how fantastic it is. We both laughed out loud, the writing is concise and poetic on a level kids can appreciate, and the ending is just so satisfying. It always makes me want pudding like a night on the sea.
The Stories Julian Tells is a hilarious early chapter book and we’re always looking for humor to rope in some of those reluctant boy readers. Julian is a lot like Amelia Bedilia in that he plays with words and sometimes takes things a little too literally. The wordplay in these will appeal to kids who are just beginning to grasp those types of jokes.

The kind of trouble he finds himself in will be relatable to kids. He tries to put one over on his younger brother Huey, but it ends up backfiring w
Jul 02, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a chapter book read-aloud suggestion from my (amazing) public library, and it was perfect for my 4 & 5 year old boys. Their relationship and shenanigans are so similar to Julian's and his brother Huey's, and the boys were rapt with small, knowing smiles as I read. Cameron understands the the minds of 4-7 year old little boys: covertly messing with one's brother, teasing fathers looming large for much-needed guidance, getting fixated on one new thing or idea (a garden!), making frien ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Shauni rated it it was amazing
This is not a book I would have chosen based on the cover, but it turned out to be a really cute book! Each of the chapters is a self-contained short story about a boy named Julian and his family. What I loved about this book is that my five-year-old related so well to Julian and his experiences, from helping to make pudding to losing a tooth. He has even referred to some of the stories several days after reading them ("This pudding tastes like a raft of lemons," "When my tooth gets really lose, ...more
Just reread this book and it's as good as I remember! The relationship between Julian and his younger brother, Huey, is delightful. So many kids will relate to the situations Julian gets himself into. Catalog Cats still makes me giggle and reminds me of the stories I told my younger sister. A definite book club choice for my third graders. I also think it would make a terrific read aloud. Each chapter is a stand alone story, but there is an overarching theme of growing up and responsibility and ...more
Dec 09, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
2nd-4th Grade
Ann Cameron weaves six stories into this begining chapter book with the main charecter of Julian. He and his brother Huey are involved in adventures that can relate to many children. When they eat all of their Fathers lemon pudding and just know that they will be severly punished, their Fathers' only punishment is to make a new batch and the compassion that he has for them knowing they just could not resist eating that pudding is charming. The imagination that Julian has and the way
Jessica Sheaffer
Jan 22, 2013 Jessica Sheaffer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mc-literature
The Stories Julian Tells, is a compilation of six short stories written by Ann Cameron. The stories are told from the perspective of a young boy named Julian, whose mischief and imagination lead him to experience tender lessons about life. The book does not contain many illustrations. Ann Cameron uses whimsical similes like, “It (the pudding) will taste like a whole raft of a night on the sea,” to paint vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. The Stories Julian Tells, features themes ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it

I think this book is a great one for beginning readers. The language is simple and straightforward, but the stories are entertaining. The topics found in the books are ones that any boy could encounter. The first story found is one about the father making a pudding for the mother. Both of the boys do what any boy would and they sneak fingerfulls of the pudding. There is a simple lesson taught about following directions when the father makes the boys make another pudding (which is har
Mar 26, 2014 Luisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I love these stories!! My favorites are the first one, in which Julian's dad make a delicious lemon pudding--I can almost taste it as I read. I love the catalog cats story, too. It was fun to re-read this for a grad school class on children's literature, since I loved it as a child.
Aug 02, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I read this with my older kids, and some of the stories were fun, others a little strange. Just be careful not to eat the pudding, or there will be lots of beatings and whippings. :-)
Maria Dudley
Nov 13, 2014 Maria Dudley rated it it was amazing
This is a great book (for kids) and especially great for classroom use. It's short story format is perfect for when you need some short fiction pieces to teach fiction or literary essays to kids.
In this series of short stories great for transitional readers, Julian loves to tell stories, even when they get him in trouble, and his favorite mark for his tall-tales? His younger brother, Huey. Despite the harmless mischief Julian's fibs cause, the family depicted is close, loving, and warm.
Mandy Robek
Apr 14, 2016 Mandy Robek rated it really liked it
This book has been in my library for a long time. So happy I read it finally as a read aloud. Each chapter can and do stand alone. It's funny and makes the reader laugh.
Naeemah Reese
This is a good book for kids who are transitioning from advanced picture books to beginner/intermediate chapter books. This book is easy to read and also interesting. It contains humor and it is not a long book.
Amy Kannel
Sep 25, 2014 Amy Kannel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really charming and delightful. Lots shorter than I expected (more like the length of five or six picture books rather than a chapter book). I loved the father's gentle, playful parenting. I hope there are more books about Julian and his family--I will definitely look for some!
Alina Borger
My kids LOVE this book. And I love that they can see themselves in lit: a black protagonist in a book that's not about being black!
Maria Francescon
Dec 11, 2013 Maria Francescon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: luke-s-books
Don't know how I missed these books with my first son, but my second son, four going on five, couldn't get enough of these stories after they were recommended in a Jim Trelease book on reading aloud. Perfect for kindergarteners who are making their first school friends, these stories are universal lessons of friendship, families, kindnesses and hurts that we all learn as small children. Don't know why these aren't as classic as the Beverly Cleary books or My Father's Dragon series, but should ce ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngsters, 2016
quick story, very cute though. good for beginning readers
Sep 08, 2014 KK rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Recommended by one of my second graders - he loved it!
Zaire Clinton
Mar 10, 2015 Zaire Clinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First chapter book. 4 yrs old and he loves it.
Oct 31, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
An interesting conglomeration of stories. Some have lessons, some don't. But overall a good read. One of my kiddos's critical thinking reads. :)
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Ann Cameron grew up in Wisconsin. Today, she and her husband live in Guatemala. From her house she can see a waterfall and three volcanoes. Ann Cameron has been a teacher and an editor as well as a writer.

She says that writing is hardest for her at the beginning of a book. To get started, she follows this important rule for writing: "Apply seat of pants to bottom of chair."
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