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Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett, Claire Keane

Paolo, Emperor of Rome

Mac Barnett, Claire Keane

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Abrams
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781419741098

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.

4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
16 Apr 2020

"an unabashed love letter to the Italian capital"

Fighting cats amid the ruins, visiting the opera, rescuing nuns from the Trevi Fountain, earning an audience with the Pope — Paolo does it all in Mac Barnett’s romping, cheery picture book. Illustrated in a bold, loose style by Claire Keane, this is an unabashed love letter to the Italian capital and way of life.


4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
21 Mar 2020

"An intrepid dachshund tours Rome and meets a VIP in a charming adventure"

Mac Barnett, an established American writer who studied under David Foster Wallace, is best known here for his Terrible Two series and picture book collaborations with Jon Klassen, such as Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. The illustrator Claire Keane, whose gorgeous style is reminiscent of the author-illustrator of the Madeline books, Ludwig Bemelmans, is an artist for major animations such as FrozenTangled and Enchanted. They make a delightful, witty pairing.

And the ending brought a lump to my throat. “And Paolo’s proud spirit was boundless. He could not be contained.”