|Paolo, Emperor of Rome
Author: Barnett, Mac
When Paolo the dachshund finally escapes the hair salon where he lives, he has adventures beyond his wildest dreams amid the beauty and culture of Rome.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 508634
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/20)
School Library Journal (03/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—Life as a house pet bores Paolo, who knows he's destined for greatness, so the diminutive dachshund escapes to make his mark on Rome. There, he finds the Colosseum, the opera, temples, statues—and danger. Perils that would send lesser dogs scurrying don't faze Paolo, who stares down a cranky tabby and takes command over a pack of snarling curs. After diving into the Trevi Fountain to rescue six nuns from drowning, he becomes a hero. In thanks, the pope installs him in a lavish apartment, but Paolo's wild spirit can't be tamed, and soon he's off on more adventures. Keane constructs an elegant cityscape, her playful, thick linework adding whimsy, while Barnett narrates with poetic flair and a hilariously epic flavor ("I am Paolo, that escaped from his prison and is like the wolf come to life"). VERDICT In a single day, Paolo wins over the dogs of Rome, its people, and the pope; he'll just as easily endear himself to readers.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2020 Although Paolo, a diminutive dachshund, has all of Rome at his fingertips—er, paw tips—he doesn’t have the freedom to explore it. Confined by his owner to a small hair salon, Paolo dreams of touring the city, grabbing a sniff of the wonders outside every time a client wanders in or out. When the door is left ajar, Paolo seizes his opportunity and bolts for freedom. Scampering from site to site, the fortunate pup is challenged by territorial cats and street dogs, but he rises to each occasion, proving his fearlessness and heart. Readers will be endeared to Paolo instantly, with his lust for life and pluckiness in the face of adversity. Barnett’s text is simple but imbued with a sense of dramatic beauty and humor. Keane’s illustrations recall gorgeous pastel crayons swept across the page, capturing the elegance of Rome and the charm of the adorable pooch at the heart of the story. While no Gregory Peck, Paolo still makes for the perfect guide on this canine Roman holiday. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.