Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

The Paperboy / by Dav Pilkey


Title: The Paperboy
Author: Dav Pilkey
Publisher: Orchard Books

ISBN:  0-531-08856-1

Concepts:  child schooling and work, goods/services

Review: Early in the morning when it is still dark outside, the paperboy and his dog wake up, fold newspapers, and set out to deliver them. While it’s hard work, it’s always their favorite time of day, when all the rest of the world is sleeping, and the boy can just think and the dog can have fun following after him.


Dav Pilkey’s gentle language in this story about a boy and his dog delivering newspapers evokes the calm that the boy and dog must feel at this, their favorite time of day. His painted illustrations, while darker than most children’s book illustrations, set the proper atmosphere for the tale.


Through this book, young children will see that a good-fitting job is not only one of hard work, but one that is also enjoyed by the laborer.


Review by: The Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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