We first meet Julius when he shares breakfast with his parents. After this Julius is not available to have any meals with them, he is much to busy having daring and exciting adventures. His first adventure takes place in his bedroom where he builds himself and new environment using chairs, old curtains and a broom. He tries to get to get to the other side of the world by digging a hole. Further adventures take Julius to; the Pyramids in Egypt, to Africa where he pours muddy water over hippopotamuses, to Russia during the winter where he is chased by wolves, to the top of a mountain near Tibet where he watches the sunset and down a fast flowing river in South Africa.
Through all these adventures his parents keep him supplied with rations until finally Julius makes it home to have supper with his parents.
Lovely pictures move this engaging story on. The thing I really liked was the appearance of the food tray in each major pictures and the way an animal in each image helps themselves to some of the food.
A great story to read with children, talking about how Julius’s parents had to negotiate obstacles so they could get rations to their son, and speculate how Julius managed might have got to these different environments. Another way of introducing this story would be to show the children the opening page, the double page spreads and the end page, discuss what is happening in the pictures before reading the story.