Where’s Julius? by John Burningham

Where's Julius by John BurninghamJulius is a boy with great imagination which is encouraged and shared by his parents.

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.


About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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