The Paperboy

  • Title: The Paperboy
  • Author: Dav Pilkey
  • Illustrator: Dav Pilkey
  • Publisher: A Richard Jackson Book, Orchard Books
  • Publication year: 1996
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“n the still before dawn, while the rest of the world is sleeping, a boy and his dog leave the comfort of their warm bed to deliver newspapers. As the boy pedals his bike along a route he knows by heart, his dog runs by his side, both enjoying a world that, before sunrise, belongs only to them.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this activity guide from a blog by Jodi Durgin, that discusses how to use this book to teach children about analyzing setting and adjectives in books.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I do like that our paperboy in this book is a diverse character when (given that the author is a white man) this could easily have fallen into another white character. This is showing an African American child in a normal, everyday activity. However, I was not overly stunned by the illustrations.

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