The pictures have a folk art quality to them, and use simple shapes and dark tones. For those familiar with Pilkey's Captain Underpants books, both the quiet, introspective theme of this book, as well as the illustrative style, will be a surprise. I loved the spirit with which the pictures were imbued-- the boy looks very tired at the beginning of his journey, and the dog (who has impossibly short legs if he is following the boy on a bike around!) looks happy to be out and about.
This Caldecott Honor title will be a big hit in households that still get the newspaper, but it might make parents long for the days when the morning newspaper was not delivered by adults!