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Paolo, Emperor of Rome

Written by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Claire Keane

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Paolo, Emperor of Rome Review

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2020

Full of bravery, hope, dreams and humour this is a wonderfully doggy adventure as Paolo escapes from his confinement in a hairdressing salon and enjoys everything that is on offer in the stunning city of Rome. Paolo knows that Rome is full of beauty and magic but how will he ever be able to get out and see it? Seizing his moment when the salon door is left open, Paolo embarks on a whirlwind and dangerous adventure full cats, dogs, statues and even opera. Claire Keane’s fabulous illustrations create a glorious evocation of Rome – mostly from a dog’s point of view! 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2020 

Bob Goes Pop by Marion Deuchars

Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett

The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Paolo, Emperor of Rome Synopsis

A daring dog takes a whirlwind tour of Rome in search of freedom in new picture book from beloved storyteller Mac Barnett and masterful illustrator Claire Keane.

Paolo the dachshund is trapped. Though he lives in Rome, a city filled with history and adventure, he is confined to a hair salon. Paolo dreams of the sweet life-la dolce vita-in the Eternal City. And then, one day, he escapes! Paolo throws himself into the city, finding adventure at every turn. Join our hero as he discovers the wonders of Rome: the ruins, the food, the art, the opera, and-of course-the cats. Readers will cheer the daring of this bighearted dog, whose story shows that even the smallest among us can achieve great things.

Paolo, Emperor of Rome Press Reviews

Barnett's theatrical narrator works in tandem with the hilariously pompous pooch to carry this rib-tickling romp with infectious bravado. . .The beautifully textured architecture and action sequences harken back to classic picture-books artists. Molto bene! --Kirkus

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ISBN: 9781419741098
Publication date: 31/03/2020
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers an imprint of Abrams
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781419741098
Publication date: 31st March 2020
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Claire Keane
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers an imprint of Abrams
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Pets, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Star Books
Collections: Our favourite children's books of 2020,

About Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and a Caldecott Honor. Mac Barnett lives in California, USA. 

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