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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,500 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic Inc. (first published March 1st 1996)
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L-Crystal Wlodek
This book about a boy and his dog delivering papers is recommended for children 4-8 years of age. It is a Caldecott Honor book. This story is simple, yet inspiring. It follows a boy and his dog as they deliver newspapers very early in the morning, when everybody else is sleeping and the sky is dark. Even though they are working, the dog and the boy are happy. The boy, riding, thinking in silence, tossing the morning paper, and watching the sun come up, and the dog, running, sniffing, and growlin ...more
Patricia Stephens
The reason I rated this book so high is because of the pictures. The story was simple, a boy and his dog that deliver newspapers to all the houses early in the morning while everyone is asleep. They struggle to wake up, to get out of bed (because it is so warm in their beds, I know exactly how this feels), and eat their breakfast. It goes on to show the bond between the boy and his dog, and how they have mastered this job because they do not even have to think about the route. So, since the plot ...more
Tracey Demario
This 1997 Caldecott Honor Book by Dav Pilkey is a lushly illustrated picture book intended for prsechool to early elementary age ranges (N,P), although older children may also enjoy it. The story follows the progress of a young boy and his dog as they complete their paper route in the early morning hours, when "all the world is asleep." The simple plot and brief text belie the deeper themes inherent in the story. The full color illustrations match the text perfectly and carry the reader right al ...more
Maria Wong
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The illustrations is really what makes this book great. There is no questioning to why this book won a Caldecott for its illustrations. This picture book has a simple story about a boy who delivers newspapers early in the morning and travels back home to go back to bed while the world wakes up. The pictures are detailed with cool colors that portray the crack of dawn and the sunrise. The artist's use of colors was beautiful. I liked how the artist was able to depic
This happened to be in the exam room at Henry's pediatrician office. I figure why not read to him while waiting for the doctor.

I really like this book. I thought it would be a boring book about a paperboy. As I was reading it, I could see myself reading it at night before bed type of story. The tone and the flow is slow and soft. Good descriptive stuff.

It is a story about how a paperboy gets up with his dog, and does his job as a paperboy delivering newspapers around the town. After he's done,
Jan 28, 2012 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria
A nice story with charming pictures. A huge change of pace for author Dav Pilkey. =)
Tori Sato

This Caldecott Honor winner was very clever aas it followed the early morning route of a paperboy and his dog. The use of nature and lighting really helped the illustrations stick out as we watched the stars and the moon turn into dawn, and then progress to a beautiful sunrise.
The simplicity also added to the general feel of the book and it was fun to see the hills in the background and the use of cool colors in the night to portray the houses. The use of shadows also brought a special
Talisa Timms
The Paperboy is a Caldecott Honor Book. It is about a boy and his dog delivering newspapers early in the morning. It shows how a young boy is responsible. He wakes up and feeds himself and his dog. The boy then prepares his delivery bag with newspapers wrapped in rubber bands. He then travels through his community when everyone is asleep on a Saturday morning delivering newspapers. They show that the boy is not negative or bitter about his job. He often thinks or just rides peacefully as he watc ...more
The story follows a boy and his dog as they deliver the paper every morning. It illustrates and briefly describes the steps of being a paper boy. It teaches a lesson of responsibility and teaches about earning money. The words are relatively simple, but the idea of a paper boy is becoming a thing of the past and might be hard for children to relate to. It could lead to interesting conversations of responsibilities if presented well.
Theme: Jobs
Topic: Social studies- economics and responsibility.
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey follows a boy and his dog on their paper route on a cold Saturday morning.

Pilkey's detailed, Caldecott Honor illustrations are in acrylics and india ink. Pilkey uses shadows and shows the transition from darkness to surise to great effect. I liked the cutaway images of the boy's bedroom. The loyal yet independent dog is endearing. My favorite images include cold mornings, they do, bowls, fold, squirrels, pink sky, bag flaps, and final two pictures.

The simple evocative
Catherine Kirk
This Caldecott Honor Book written by Dav Pilkey shows the difficult job that a paperboy has. It follows a paperboy through his daily morning routine from getting out of the bed in the dark, cold morning to returning to his bed just as his parents are waking up. His dog follows him on his morning route as he tosses out papers before the sun rises.

The illustrations were created using acrylics and use simple lines and forms, but still show shadows and darkness well. The whole story takes place befo
Jordon Worley
The Paperboy is about a young boy who gets up before sunrise to deliver newspapers with his dog around the neighborhood. Despite his desire to stay in his warm bed and sleep, he gets up and does his job. He loves having time alone when everyone in town is asleep and quiet to think and reflect. Although this book would be appropriate for a read aloud, I personally would just have the book in my classroom library for 1st-2nd grade students to read independently. I would not read it aloud because I ...more
Ileana Lindner
This is a good book to introduce the classroom to routines. It is also an opportunity for students to open up their "cultural backpack" and share with other students what they do before they come to school and after they leave school. Everyone is different, therefore their routines may be different too. This is a great book to use your senses. Ex: Getting out of a warm bed (this is hard to do!), feeling the cold breeze of the morning air on your face when you're riding your bike (Brrr!), and eve ...more
Jessica Floyd
Summery-This book is about a boy who gets up early every morning while the rest of his world is still fast asleep to go to work as a morning paperboy. The paper boy has to fold his papers each morning before his route. When he delivers papers he thinks and its just his time to be alone. After he is finished with his paper route he makes his way back home. Even though his family is up, he goes back to bed and into dream land.

Text-The text is very easy for children to read. They will be able to r
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Baylee Washburn
This is a simple story about a young boy and his Saturday morning paper route. This book is filled with colorful illustrations that extend across the two facing pages. The illustrations are full and detailed, but they are not overly complicated and do not distract from the text. Each page has only one or two simple sentences, and the vocabulary used is suitable for young readers. These elements of style make this story an easy read for middle to upper elementary students. This story could also p ...more
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
This book was about a boy and his job of delivering newspaper early in the morning. His dog goes with him to keep him company throughout the mornings. The illustrator used a lot of shading and colors, especially when it was early in the morning. The pages themselves and the pictures were simple, letting more detailed objects, like houses on the streets where he delivered, were left for the imagination of the reader. It is a good story, one that shows that hard work is good, and the rewards are w ...more
Angel Romero
Summary: The illustrations in this book help tell the story of the paperboy. The boy wakes up when it is still dark to deliver newspaper along with his boy. The boy returns home after the run to finally sleep and dream.
The book’s illustrations make paper route seems very realistic. Bringing in the dogs perspective also gives the students that connection. This book is a Caldecott Honor Book. The Paperboy is geared to a second grade level.
Literature Terms: The character in this story is admirable.
Anna Rothenhoefer
The Paperboy is the story about a young boy's routine of his paper route that he goes on in the early mornings with his dog. The illustrations are surreal because the young boy starts his paper route in the dark, and as the story continues time passes and the sky outside starts to get lighter. What I think most children would enjoy about this book is the illustrations. I think that this would be a good book to read aloud to a group of kindergartners or first graders, but I would suggest that thi ...more
A caldecott honor story book about a paperboy. With okay art and writing. And I delivered papers in a somewhat similar way, though not first thing in the morning. And yet it did not ring true to me at all. And the very rural setting seemed off. And this didn't feel like a book I would want to read to little kids. And the paperboy's job long ago switched to an adult job that is delivered by car.
This is the story of the paperboy. Every morning while the sky is still dark, he gathers his papers and dog and starts his route. Even though it’s hard to drive a loaded down bicycle the paperboy is good at it. He knows his route by heart and doesn’t have to think about which house to go to next. He can think about other things while he rides. He can think about big things or small things or nothing at all. His dog also knows the route by heart. He can run ahead and play. The entire world is asl ...more
The Paperboy written by Dav Pilkey was an interesting read for me. I think this book would be very appropriate for young students and I could see why teachers would read it aloud to their students. This particular story is about a sweet relationship between a young paperboy and his puppy. There is no relationship like one between a dog and child. At that age, I remember adoring my pets and really enjoying the relationship I had with them. This story is captivating because it really shows the thi ...more
Amy Clinton
This book is about a little boy and his dog who wake up early in the morning to deliver newspapers. It shows him going through the neighborhood during the night and then returning home to climb back into bed when the sun is coming up.

This book would be good to use for sequencing. Have the students recall what happened in the story and in what order.

I really like this story because it shows that people have responsibilities, even at a young age.

The illustrations in this book are very colorful for
Jennifer Kim
This book is a quiet and simple book about a young boy and his dog. The illustrations in the beginning first make you think that it is during the deepest of nights, but as you read, you realize that it is actually just before daylight breaks. It is a story about a young boy whose job is to wake up before anybody else and to deliver papers. An adorable aspect of this book is the young boy's dog who wakes up early with the boy, eats an early breakfast with the boy, goes on the paper route with the ...more
Rachel Pence
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey is a beautifully illustrated book with the use of acrylics. The pictures as you flip to each page are full of dark and light rich colors that emphasizes what the author is trying to say. The books shows the relationship between a boy and his dog, that travel and see the beautiful world as they give out paper. They like yo think that they get to see the world different than most people. "All the world is asleep except for the paperboy and his dog. And this is the time w ...more
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While the whole world is still asleep the paperboy is awake and starting his day bright and early. Come and follow the paperboy get ready for his paper route and follow him through the streets.

The illustrations in this book are done in deep rich paint colors. The illustrator does an excellent job of using these dark colors to represent the night sky and the different times of the morning. The sunrise pictures are done very well to show how it starts out slowly, and gradually the sun comes all th
The art work was pretty cool. Since I've had early morning jobs i really appreciated this book. I think it is a good idea to teach kids about different jobs that they otherwise might not ever hear about. Overall it is a solid book.
Meghan Erena
I enjoyed this book mostly for its illustrations. As a Caldecott Honor book, the illustrations and use of color, especially in portraying light, were wonderful. The story itself was simple, but kept my attention and was just descriptive enough to paint a picture in my head of what the paperboy was feeling, without being so descriptive that it would be difficult for young readers to keep up. This book would be a fun for young audiences to look at the illustrations and also learn a lesson about fu ...more
"The Paperboy" is a cute book about a little boy and his dog. The boy has to wake up early in the morning to deliver all the newspapers to the entire neighborhood. This book is even more adorable became the boy's dog, follows him and does everything that he does (Wakes up with him, eats breakfast with him, drops off the newspapers with him, goes back to bed along side him, and even dreams with him). This book has fantastic illustrations that guide the reader throughout the text.
As a teacher, I
This is a little, wonderful book with pictorial illustrations. The setting created feels as if you too are waking up before sunset. The paperboy has his mission with his dog. They deliver the morning paper in a happy, well told, unique story. This is a simple story but can be used for rich goals. I would use this book for describing the setting, for describing the main character.
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David "Dav" Pilkey (b. March 4, 1966), is a popular children's author and artist. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.

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