The Paperboy

Dav Pilkey, Author, Pilkey, Author Scholastic $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-531-09506-5
Pilkey (When Cats Dream; the Dragon books) is at his best in this highly atmospheric work. Here his trademark color palette glows quietly under the cover of darkness; violet skies and emerald-shadowed fields predominate until the explosion of a fiery dawn. Early one cold morning a boy and his dog rise to deliver newspapers. In almost reverential silence they eat breakfast, prepare the newspapers, then step out into the chill, leaving sleeping parents and sister inside. Pilkey perfectly captures the thrill of being out early, seeing the world so new and having it all to oneself. Something magical is at work on this most ordinary of paper routes, tangible in the controlled hush of the narrative and in the still, moon-lit landscapes. And, at last, as his family awakens to golden sunlight, the paperboy returns to his bed, prepared to enter another familiar Pilkey world: dreamland. Ages 4-10. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7569-7910-2
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-613-28998-6
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-17856-3
Library Binding - 978-0-531-08856-2
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-531-07139-7
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-439-75536-8
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-1-4619-0940-8
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-545-87186-0
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