Title: Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace
Author/Illustrator: James Proimos
Date/Publisher: 2009, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Reviewed by: Trisha Faye, Binkey and Bubblegum Books
Pauli is a typical boy. At seven years old his life is full of accomplishments like eating an entire pizza in one sitting, or being kissed by a girl (Aunt Margie – yuck!). His socks don’t match. He can’t even whistle.
But his greatest accomplishment was in achieving World Peace. He started out small. He was kind to animals. He water flowers and read to trees. Each small act led to others. Soon he was being kind to his sister and being a better student and friend. He learned how the power of a cupcake could settle a misunderstanding. He discovered that his action impacted his entire classroom; his entire school was at peace.
He wanted more. He wanted to bring peace to the World. He wanted it by bedtime.
He and his father set out on a world tour. They shared cupcakes with the World, bringing peace, one place at a time. Until they hit Mattress World and Pauli realized he was tired. He was home in time for bed, tired and happy about achieving World Peace.
This fun story inspires with the message that no acts are too small, and even little boys can achieve their dreams, even huge, magnificent dreams. The illustrations are humorous and are as much fun to look at, being a while storyline themselves.