By Joe McKenzie ι March 6, 2014
Paulie is just an ordinary little guy doing extraordinary things with acts of kindness. Okay, maybe that’s not as ordinary as it should be. But, this is just a character in a children’s picture book.
The full title is nothing less than “Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace.” The author is James Proimos. I saw this book sitting up on a shelf and looking at me. If each book came with a sound to get our attention, this one would have a full band, a big band with back up singers and awkward dancers.
At the time I noticed this book cover, I was emptying trash on a day our custodians were sick. I like pastrami. I love the taste of world peace. You pick the bread.
Imagine families sharing this book together, talking about peace, brain-storming about what they could do to make their world a more peaceful, loving place. This would have to lead to eating, to reading more books about characters like Paulie. There should be a demand for more books like this, a long waiting list that forces us to add more copies so everyone can eat and read together.
Here is a secret ingredient to peace: cupcakes. One of the simple things that Paulie used was cupcakes. He gave them out at Mattress World and people got the idea that it was as much about the giving as it was about cupcakes. At the end of the day, Paulie’s parents felt so blessed to have such an incredible boy. And, of course, there was world peace.
Joe McKenzie is the library’s director.