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Julius, the Baby of the World (Mouse Books)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  5,918 Ratings  ·  323 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 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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Lauren
Jul 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristen Dutkiewicz
I find myself torn when reviewing this children's book because while I appreciate the ending, there were some unkind words shared for the majority of the book towards the new baby.

I have it three stars, because the ending shows a nice relationship with a younger brother. Just would have appreciated a more sensitive tone and language for younger children.
Sharon
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Josiah
Sep 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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!
Kristen
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Bekka
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very cute! Loved the illustrations.
Deb Carter
I love Kevin Henkes' books. The love a sibling can be found despite all efforts. Hopefully this is true of teenagers too.
Julian Zehner
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Maria Shuffit
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute book about an older sister who gets jealous when a baby brother comes into her life. While this was a fun and funny read, I would not recommend it as a suggestion to help older siblings acclimate to the idea of younger siblings since Lilly is really mean to Julius, and the only thing that makes her adjust to him is her turning her temper on someone else. This is a good book for entertainment, but not for lessons.
Angela
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always loved this book. Great new sibling story. I was less than thrilled when my brother came along. After a period of adjustment and when he stopped being just a lump, we became very close. Lilly is a little diabolical in a rather comical way.
Leoschweighofer
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelbi Hardin
Mar 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mentor-texts
I could teach descriptions and how to show and not tell in writing while reading this book.
David
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Connie
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Cathi
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book about dealing with the challenge of adjusting to a new sibling! It's got the typical fun Henkes humor, which I love.
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Madeline Coyne
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 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rosa Cline
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
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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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