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The Paperboy Paperback – September 1, 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3?A quiet mood piece that depicts the bond between a paperboy and his dog. Human and canine both struggle to rouse themselves, eat breakfast from bowls, and have an intimate knowledge of their route. Pilkey paints their shared experiences with a graceful economy of language. Morning is the third character in the story?"...this is the time when they are the happiest." Deep, sumptuous acrylics portray the initial darkness, the gradual lightening, and the riotous magenta and orange sunrise. The artist has cleverly designed parallel, yet contrasting, opening and closing scenes of the African American child in bed, feet covered by his dog, room framed by a sloping roof. In the first spread, the still starry morning surrounds the house and "enters" it through the uncurtained window. When the duo return and crawl back into bed, the shade is pulled against the brilliance, the room darkened?a scene clinching their camaraderie. A totally satisfying story for small groups or individuals.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; unknown edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531071391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531071397
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Brown on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When you are sleeping & the sky is dark & the streets shadowy, someone & his dog are up, working & happy.
Happy are they at work before dawn, the dog running after scents & growling at critters & the boy pedaling his bike, thinking his thoughts & tossing the morning paper to house after house, as slowly, softly another day dawns.
Dav Pilkey's pictures & story capture the shadows & colors of when night turns toward day & while everyone is tumbling out of their beds, the paperboy & his dog are tumbling back into theirs.
A fine way to introduce children to the idea of working for a living, of being responsible, of doing the work until it's done & the fun.
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Format: Paperback
It's a bad sign when a book published in 1996 already conjures up feelings of nostalgia. Remember paperboys? How kids could earn a little extra money by getting that crack-of-dawn delivery job that put a few more coffers in their pockets? Nowadays, many paperboys have been replaced with adults. Adults with cars, no less. Looking back at Dav "Captain Underpants" Pilkey's Caldecott Honor title, "The Paperboy", the reader is transported to those ethereal moments that exist for some kids even today just before the sun rises. It's a story about a boy, his dog, his job, and that's about it. No grand statements or surprising moments. Just a lovely look at a once common suburban ideal.

On the title page we see a dull gray truck leaving the loading dock of the Morning Star Gazette in (what most of us would call) the dead of night. It makes its delivery of a stack of newspapers at one of the many houses in a particular suburb. The first sentence sets the mood perfectly. "The mornings of the paperboy are still dark and they are always cold even in the summer". A boy forces himself out of his warm bed and makes some breakfast for himself and his corgi dog. After bundling the papers up, the kid and his faithful companion make the familiar route and think their private thoughts. Just as the sun is rising, boy and dog have finished their job and they return home just as everyone else in the family is waking up. The paperboy and his pet, however, climb back into the bed, "which is still warm" and dream of soaring through the night sky.

The book records each small action that the paperboy accomplishes with a small unassuming note of triumph. Sentences like, "It's hard to ride a bike when you are loaded down with newspapers.
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Format: Hardcover
Dav, Pilkey a great painting in the paperboy. there were very nice pictures. since the story was written by a few sentence every page, it really gave children more space to image on the story. alhough it's a simple story, it taught our children the most. in the story, Dav descripted what did a paperboy do in his job. and how hard that his work was. as a paperboy, he had to get up early in the morning and delievered his newpaper before anyone got up. eventhough it was hard for him to get up in the morning, he had a very good friend (his dog) would do it with him every morning. in fact, Dav had taught our children that FRIENDSHIP would not only be limit just with human, it could also be with our animals, too. at the same time, he did teach our children to love animals because they could be their friend. also, Dav had taught our children what RESPONSIBILITIES are. to be responable to his/her own responsibilites. in the story, the paperboy would finish his work before he went back to sleep. therefore, when our children grow up, they would know to take care of their responsibilities and not avoid them. it's a good book to teach children about responsibilities.
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A Kid's Review on November 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm 12 years old and read this book to my little sister, age 7. We both loved this book and found it amusing and cute. It teaches little children that you should not make fun of other people. The other dogs make fun of Oscar because he is a Wiener dog. For Halloween, Oscar's mother makes him a hot dog costume. All the other dogs run ahead and leave him behind. But when trouble arises with the dogs, Osacr comes to the rescue. I really loved this book. The illistrations were fabulous.
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This is the most entertaining children's book I've read in a long time. The story of Oscar (the weiner dog)is sweet and appealing. The other dogs make fun of him for being "half a dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long." To Oscar's dismay, his mother makes a giant hot dog bun (complete with mustard) for his Halloween costume. Although he despises the nickname "weiner dog", he wears the costume anyway to keep from hurting his mother's feelings. There are several appealing plays on words in the story, good illustrations, and a happy ending. My little girl loved the snickering cats as well as the hero of the story. I've read it to her at least ten times in the last three days, and I still like it.
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By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book, about a "wiener dog" who gets no respect from his peers, is a real scream. It shares a terrific message--you can do great things even if you are picked on by all the other kids. Although aimed at children, there is a lot of subtle humor. For example, the "wiener" dog's name is Oscar, his mailbox says "Myers", and the teacher (at Obedience School) is reading "Dogs Who Hate Fleas and the Fleas Who Love Them." Highly recommended for all elementary age kids, but it is understandable by pre-Ks as well (our 4 year old loves it).
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