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THE PAPERBOY by Dav Pilkey


A boy, living in a small town, gets up early every morning to deliver the local newspaper to all of those on his route.  He arises before anyone else is up and rides his bicycle from house to house, over hills and creeks that dot the landscape of his hometown.  While riding his bike, he thinks about how big or how small things are.  He sometimes just rides.  His dog joins him every day and has his own way of seeing this same world.  The dog chases squirrels while the boy enjoys the quiet and peace of these early mornings.  The pair enjoy those mornings together.

Even though paper delivery is almost a lost way for boys to earn money these days, there are places where it still exists.  Whether or not though, the lessons of organization and responsibility are taught so well in this story.  The Paperboy is unlike many of Mr. Pilkey’s children’s novels (see in paragraph below).  It carries lessons and is a quiet, thoughtful picture book.

Mr. Pilkey is probably known best for his silly series, Captain Underpants.  Other series authored by him are Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot, Dragon, Big Dog and Little Dog, and Dumb Bunnies.  He has written and illustrated many graphic novels for kids and quite a few picture books as well.  His books are often enjoyed by children for their short humorous chapters, large print, and comic format, but parents (as well as myself) tend to look at much of his writing through different eyes.  His work has been among titles in the American Library Association’s lists of Most Frequently Challenged Books.    

The book won a Caldecott Honor Award in 1997 for Mr. Pilkey’s exceptional artwork.  With this reissue twenty years later, Dav Pilkey remastered his art, bringing the colors to full vibrancy and to a whole new life, it seems.  Acrylics and India ink were used.

Awards: 1997 Caldecott Honor Book

Age Range:  4 – 8 Years


Dav Pilkey  has written and illustrated popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis, which won the “California Young Reader Medal”; and World War Won, winner of “The National Written & Illustrated by…Award” in 1985 (when he was 19…his first award).  He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest.   He can be found @




Book Information

ISBN-13: 9780545871860
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.  
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)


I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 73 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

12 thoughts on “THE PAPERBOY by Dav Pilkey

    1. This cracks me up!!! Yes, my husband asked if anyone did this any longer…so ‘historical fiction’ it should be real soon! Thanks for stopping by, Kristi!


  1. This looks really interesting and the cover just makes me want to know what that boy is doing! Thanks for sharing.


  2. Thanks for sharing! I’ve never read the book, but I plan on it! It reminds me of an old original Nintendo game I used to play called Paperboy. I would rather my own children learn about paper routes through a book! Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.


  3. At first I thought this was a new cover on a MG novel called “Paperboy,” about a boy who stutters. Then I realized it’s a PB. Haven’t seen this one, but I’m sure it will be considered historical fiction some day. My son was a paperboy in the late 1980s. I’m not sure they are around, unless in small cities.


  4. I too thought it was about the boy who stutters which incidentally was a fab read. Have to check out this PB “historical fiction: Our paperboys used to walk or bike; now they deliver by car LOL!


  5. I’m not much of a fan of Dav Pilkey while my son has the entire series of captain Underpants. However since I have convinced myself that any reading is better than none at al I am grateful to him for putting a book in my son’s hands. This one seems a rather different book.


    1. Yes, this is WAY different than any Dav Pilkey book I have ever seen. : )
      Yes, sometimes, we need to give a bit to get them into books, but with the way of the world, it is hard to find just those right books with the draw for kids.


    1. I am not either, Tina, but this one is not even like those. I read it before I realized who I was reading! Way different!!!


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