Paperboy (HB)

Author(s): Danny Parker; Bethany Macdonald (Illustrator)

Picture Books and Early Readers | CBCA Shortlist 2020

Paperboy is a journey through the salient moments of a young boy's life the fears, the trials, the tragedies and the small triumphs with each moment contemplated in terms of paper. Tissue paper that tears too readily, fly paper to which nasty things adhere, folded paper with which to create hope. Paperboy is written by Danny Parker, whose poetic prose for young readers has won him prestigious awards. Bethany Macdonald's robust expressionist collages both embody and illustrate the themes of this poignant story. AGES: 6 plus AUTHOR: Danny Parker is a picture-book author for whom the combination of family and the deeply personal process of writing are intertwined. Each of his stories is either based on, or eventually refers back to family life. A number of Danny's picture books have won or been short-listed for national awards, and he has collaborated with some of the world's leading illustrators. Bethany MacDonald is an artist and bookseller. She works primarily in paper collage, using traditional cut and paste techniques, painting and preparing different kinds of paper or cardboard before tearing, cutting and assembling it to create her vibrant textured illustrations. Paperboy is the first picture-book Bethany has illustrated.



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CBCA 2020 Shortlist:CBCA Award for New Illustrator


CBCA Review:The illustrations convey high artistic design. Traces of newspaper print, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper, painted and crayoned illustrations, mesh, string and print text samples create a very layered, textured effect. The work on each page is outstanding as an individual piece and is a pleasure to contemplate. The fragmented story style, open for interpretation, in some way enables the artwork to take the lead. Overall production is high with a well-chosen font. An interesting, creative and unusual book.






General Fields

  • : 9780648023869
  • : Dirt Lane Press
  • : Dirt Lane Press
  • : June 2019
  • : June 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Danny Parker; Bethany Macdonald (Illustrator)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : New Illustrator
  • : 40