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Julius, El Rey De La Casa / Julius, the Baby of the World

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  6,924 ratings  ·  380 reviews
"Julius is the baby of the world", say his parents. Lilly, his older sister, thinks Julius is a disgusting germ. Her mind is made up until her cousin Garland says a thing or two, and Lilly has a change of heart. An ALA Notable Book; Horn Book Fanfare Book; and Storytime Selection. Full color.
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Published June 1st 2007 by Live Oak Media (first published September 24th 1990)
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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 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
Julian Zehner
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
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.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.9 stars

I first read this storybook as an adult.

The illustrations are nice and attractive
and appropriate. Actually, totally appropriate
for the subject matter.

The creativity in this picturebook is just
amazing. There is one page where Lilly
is talking about her younger brother
as dust under your bed and a germ.
I don't want to give away every thing that
she said. Then there is a point where she
has acquired--somehow--a voodoo doll
depicting her younger brother and is sticking
pins in it. This is either
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
I personally loved this book as I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl as well, I like things that have a bit of sting in their tails, I could never go back to those dull drab Carolyn Hayward books of the 60s which I read and enjoyed 50 years ago.

I am not a mother, nor did I ever have a sibling, but ...................I thought this book would probably not be suitable for a 3 or 4 year old, because there is a lot of anger, hatred and name calling in this beautifully illustrated book. I am not sure that a
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 f
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,
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.
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.
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!
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madam and I read this together, and she laughed because she loves her little baby brother so much (THANK YOU GOD!!!), but this could be so much different. She could feel the same way Lily does. Thank you, Henkes, once again for giving us characters that are so relate-able.
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.
Angelina Cicero
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by Kevin Henkes is an adorable sibling book. I really liked this book, the pithy text oozed with wit and subtle charm, and laughs at things the main character Lilly did. Even though it may have been a cute and funny book, if you read this to a child, you would have to explain why Lilly told her new brother Julius horrible stories, and treated him like she did. Young children don't understand that when a baby is born the parents full attention needs to be on the baby at times. In the bo ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2-stars
I picked this one up to add to my Kevin Henkes's collection. I'd never read it before and wanted to see what it was about. I immediately disliked the book after reading it. Lilly is such an unlikeable character in this book. What happened to the little mouse from Lilly's Plastic Purse and Lilly's Big Day?

When Lilly's brother Julius is born, Lilly is hardly thrilled. She admits to pinching his tail, yelling insulting comments into his crib, and hating him. I wouldn't read this book to a group of
Anna-Claire Pilkington
1) This book is about a young mouse, Lilly, and how her life is altered after her mom has another baby. Before the baby, Julius, is born, Lilly is excited and showers him with love. However, her attitude completely changes after his birth and she is jealous of all the attention he is getting. She calls him disgusting and does the opposite of what she is told to do when it comes to caring for him. Lilly demonstrates a major attitude change once she hears someone else talking badly about her baby ...more
Adams Eagles
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-2018
Diego M.

This story is about a girl name Lilly and her little brother Julius. Lilly was so nice to Julius when he was in his mom’s stomach.When Julius was born Lilly was rude to Julius because Lilly felt like she was invisible. Lilly parents sang the abc and 123 to Julius and Lilly sang it to him and she said B C A 213. Then one day there parents had a party with the family Lilly’s cousin Garland. Said something to julius and she said slimey pink nose his small black eye are beady.

Katelyn Otani
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A lot of people hate (ha) on this book because they don't like that Lilly says she "hates" her new brother, and they think hate is too strong a world. That's ridiculous, where these people never kids themselves? when you're a kid and you like something, YOU LOVE IT. when you dislike something, YOU HATE IT. Kids have remarkable passions and they come out strong. So i view it as totally reasonable that when a child gets a new sibling and they are no longer the center of attention as they have been ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 00-in-class
Kevin Henkes book, "Julius, the Baby of the World" gives children an interesting look at the difficulties that can be faced with the arrival of a new baby. Though Lilly is a great big sister before her baby brother is born, she becomes jealous and angry after he is born. She doesn't agree with her parents that he is cute or sweet, she just sees him as an irritating bother. When her parents throw a party for their family to welcome baby Julius, Lilly overhears her cousin saying nasty things (the ...more
I'll start out by saying we love Kevin Henkes. However, this book is not a favorite.

On the surface this book is a humorous story about a little girl who is wickedly jealous of her new baby brother. However as I was reading this aloud to my children I found myself changing the words because the language just did not sit well with me. I won't condone saying I HATE you and your a germ and a nothing!!! And when she yelled at the pregnant woman walking by that she would live to "regret her bump" I w
February 2019 - I'll admit that as much as I love Henkes' mouse books, I had a moment of hesitation - would this encourage Ben to say negative things about the baby? Because I definitely have patrons at the library who refuse anything that would give their kids "bad" things to say. But Ben thinks it's hilarious (especially "if he was a food, he would be a raisin...a raisin tastes like dirt") and the only result has been LOTS of "Eleanor is the baby of the world!" I think when it comes down to it ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read some others reviews of this book and I have to say I am a bit shocked that some people this book too angry or hateful to read to a child. I read that some even changed the words to shield their child from the direction the story took. Shameful. This is a sweet and wonderful book about a jealous sibling. Nothing more nothing less. The illustrations are wonderful and the dialogue is more than fantastic. I read this to each of my children as they grew up and none of them ended up distur ...more
Before Julius is born, Lily is the perfect big sister. After Julius is born, things aren’t so great. Her parents say “Julius is the baby of the world,” but Lilly doesn’t think so. She spends a lot of time in the uncooperative chair. No matter what her parents say or do, Lily won’t be nice to Julius. Then one day, they throw a party for all the relatives to meet Julius and when cousin Garland thinks Julius is disgusting, Lilly really lets her have it! Maybe Julius isn’t so bad after all.

Hannah Conley
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-1-10
This is a story about Lilly. She became a big sister and did not like her little brother, Julius. Lilly wanted Julius to go away and tried to get rid of him. When Lilly's mother throws a party for Julius, Cousin Garland comes over and is taking bad about Julius. This makes Lilly mad and she takes up for Julius. After that moment, Lilly loves Julius.

I think this would be a good book for any child having a hard time with a new sibling. I enjoy all of Kevin Henkes's books. You
Maura Fenelon
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a story about Lilly and her baby brother Julius. It deals with Lilly's growing jealousy after Julius is born, and the way that jealousy flips to protectiveness when someone else tries to bad-mouth Julius. I would use this book in a first through third grade class, and it's an excellent tool for practicing inferences because Lilly's feelings change quite drastically over the course of the book but are rarely explicitly stated. It's also a good tool for helping students adapt to the idea o ...more
Marcos Perez
Julius, the baby of the world is a book about Lilly’s new little brother who she thinks is disgusting and she wishes for him to go away. She was not successful in convincing her parents that the baby was not worth keeping. She then begins to do mean things to her brother such as scare him and pinch him. This book is a great way of looking at the joy that a new baby brings to the whole family. A lesson that could incorporate this book is asking children to discuss positive ways in which Lilly mig ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As we learn in the other Lily books, she has VERY strong emotions—it’s one of the things that makes her so relatable. This book is more appropriate for children who are a bit older (5+) and are able to have a conversation about how Lily feels and what she says. I read this to my daughter when she was 3 or 4 and did not like how often “hate” was used, but reading it to her at 5 or 6 or older (when we had already had lengthy discussions about “hating” something and “disliking” or “despising” somet ...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.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.

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