Monday, March 22, 2010

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace

Paulie Pastrami is eight years old. He can't whistle or consistently match his socks. Paulie "is constantly picked last for street hockey." Despite these perceived shortcomings, Paulie is full of pluck and decides to tackle a much bigger goal than what you can achieve through street hockey. Through small steps and the use of cupcakes, Paulie indeed achieves world peace in one day.

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace is a great reminder that happiness and peace can be achieved through simple measures.  James Proimos's text is extremely clever with the wordplay involved with "world peace." His drawings, with Paulie's hilarious porcupine-like hair and ever present smile, illuminate the humor and overall sweetness of the book.

This would be a good book to demonstrate different ways illustrations work with the text of a story. James Proimos uses different fonts and doesn't follow the traditional "picture on top, text on the bottom" format of picture books. There are also good lessons on character and sequence that you could develop.

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