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The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

The Stories Julian Tells (1981)

by Ann Cameron

Other authors: Ann Strugnell (Illustrator)

Series: Julian and Huey (1)

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Love reading aloud the Pudding story! ( )
  shaberstroh | Apr 1, 2014 |
"My father is a big man with wild black hair. When he laughs, the sun laughs in the window-panes. When he thinks, you can almost see his thoughts sitting on all the tables and chairs. When he is angry, me and my little brother Huey shiver to the bottom of our shoes.

'What kind of pudding will you make?' Huey said.

'A wonderful pudding,' my father said. 'It will taste like a whole raft of lemons. It will taste like a night on the sea.'" ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Ages 7-9.

Julian’s mind is full of stories. Sometimes, he tells himself a story to explain how the world works. Other times, he sees what kind of fibs he can get his brother to believe. Julian’s stories can get him into trouble or help him make friends, but somehow, things always seem to work out.

Reader’s see that Julian gets his love of storytelling from his father, who revels in the way words give people a new way of seeing. When Julian tells a story that sets his little brother up for disappointment, their father does not reveal Julian’s tale as a falsehood; instead he further spins the story so that the boys wonder over the magic of the unseen.

The Stories Julian Tells is an excellent book for children transitioning between easy readers and chapter books. The page layout is highly readable, with wide margins, no more than 15 lines per page, and 8-12 words per line. A blank line of white space separates lines of text to prevent crowding.

Cameron’s ink illustrations illuminate the storytellers’ fanciful imaginings: a boat full of lemons, catalog cats weaving through the garden, and hundreds of figs floating down from tree branches.

Julian’s creativity, love for his family, and sense of mischief and fun will easily hook readers on his stories. Highly recommended. ( )
  Rachel.Seltz | Dec 1, 2013 |
This book contains six stories all revolving around the protagonist Julian. Throughout each story Julian demonstrates some excellent qualities but the most predominant one he displays is a wealth of imagination. Whether he is dreaming up fantastical ideas such as catalog cats or putting his wishes and dreams on the tail of a kite Julian shows the whimsical nature of childhood and is a reflection of all childhood imaginations. If children enjoy this book there are also other books in the series and even a spinoff of stories about his little brother Huey. ( )
  brandonachey | Nov 4, 2012 |
It's been awhile since I read this, but I remember it being delightful, real, sweet, clever, and easy to read. ( )
  raizel | Jul 19, 2011 |
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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 and Huey end up!

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Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.

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