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Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes eleven-year-old Jo, peering out the window of her house, bored and lonely. Astonished by the sight of an adorable basket-toting dog on his own, Jo follows Pawcasso, and when she’s seen alongside him by a group of kids from her school, Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes eleven-year-old Jo, peering out the window of her house, bored and lonely. Astonished by the sight of an adorable basket-toting dog on his own, Jo follows Pawcasso, and when she’s seen alongside him by a group of kids from her school, they mistake her for Pawcasso’s owner. Excited to make new friends, Jo reluctantly hides the truth and agrees to let “her” dog model for an art class the kids attend. What could go wrong? But what starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows Great Dane-sized when animal control receives complaints about a dog roaming the streets off-leash. With Pawcasso’s freedom at stake, is Jo willing to spill the truth and risk her new friendships?


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Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes eleven-year-old Jo, peering out the window of her house, bored and lonely. Astonished by the sight of an adorable basket-toting dog on his own, Jo follows Pawcasso, and when she’s seen alongside him by a group of kids from her school, Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes eleven-year-old Jo, peering out the window of her house, bored and lonely. Astonished by the sight of an adorable basket-toting dog on his own, Jo follows Pawcasso, and when she’s seen alongside him by a group of kids from her school, they mistake her for Pawcasso’s owner. Excited to make new friends, Jo reluctantly hides the truth and agrees to let “her” dog model for an art class the kids attend. What could go wrong? But what starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows Great Dane-sized when animal control receives complaints about a dog roaming the streets off-leash. With Pawcasso’s freedom at stake, is Jo willing to spill the truth and risk her new friendships?

30 review for Pawcasso

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Joanna Lin was eleven years old and bored. The holidays had just started and with both Mum and her little brothers annoying her, and Dad still away with work, she decided to go out – just to walk but she needed to get away from the house. But when she saw the dog, carrying a basket in his teeth, she was quite bemused. Jo followed the dog and from that day onwards, everyone thought she was the dog’s owner. Naming him Pawcasso (after their visit to art class at the library), Jo was soon surrounded Joanna Lin was eleven years old and bored. The holidays had just started and with both Mum and her little brothers annoying her, and Dad still away with work, she decided to go out – just to walk but she needed to get away from the house. But when she saw the dog, carrying a basket in his teeth, she was quite bemused. Jo followed the dog and from that day onwards, everyone thought she was the dog’s owner. Naming him Pawcasso (after their visit to art class at the library), Jo was soon surrounded by other kids – and it felt good. She just hoped her lies wouldn’t be exposed any time soon… Pawcasso is a delightful graphic novel for kids by Aussie author Remy Lai and it was lots of fun. The antics of a special dog – even down to the rolling in poop – and the sadness of watching Jo trying to make friends beamed out with messages. I don’t often read graphic novels but Pawcasso was firstly about a dog (and who doesn’t love an animal tail (tale)) and secondly, it was easy to read with lots of warm fuzzies and ‘aww’ moments 😊 I will pass this one on to my 11 year old granddaughters who I know will love it. Highly recommended. With thanks to Allen & Unwin AU for my copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    This was a very cute middle grade comic with some really interesting themes around civic connection, family ties, truth, and what animals mean to us. The main character was endearing and sees a lie snowball waaaaay out of hand, which had me cringing in sympathy at points. The art is really clean and lively (reminds me somehow of a mix of James Kolchalka and Lucy Kinsley?). Would make a great family read, which I'm planning to do this weekend! **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a This was a very cute middle grade comic with some really interesting themes around civic connection, family ties, truth, and what animals mean to us. The main character was endearing and sees a lie snowball waaaaay out of hand, which had me cringing in sympathy at points. The art is really clean and lively (reminds me somehow of a mix of James Kolchalka and Lucy Kinsley?). Would make a great family read, which I'm planning to do this weekend! **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Remy Lai

    I'm the author and illustrator. UPDATE #5: It's PAWCASSO's book birthday! Out you go into the world, my little book, my love letter to my dog. I hope you all like it. UPDATE #4: We have a giveaway for educators! A class set of EIGHT copies of PAWCASSO. US only. Competition closes 5/24. Enter on Twitter (@Remy_Lai). UPDATE #3: We have a US preorder campaign through a number of indies. You'll receive a super adoroable Pawcasso button and a signed Pawcasso-themed bookplate! Participating indies: Red Bal I'm the author and illustrator. UPDATE #5: It's PAWCASSO's book birthday! Out you go into the world, my little book, my love letter to my dog. I hope you all like it. UPDATE #4: We have a giveaway for educators! A class set of EIGHT copies of PAWCASSO. US only. Competition closes 5/24. Enter on Twitter (@Remy_Lai). UPDATE #3: We have a US preorder campaign through a number of indies. You'll receive a super adoroable Pawcasso button and a signed Pawcasso-themed bookplate! Participating indies: Red Balloon Bookshop Green Bean Books Belmont Books McLean and Eakin Cover to Cover Copperfield's Petaluma UPDATE #2: Release date pushed to May 25th because of Suez Canal blockage. UPDATE #1: I just received the color proofs, and they're so beautiful! Thanks to PAWCASSO's colorist Sam Bennett.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    This is a sincere book filled with lessons and aspirations, and it should appeal to young dog lovers, but I just don't like stories wherein the protagonist gets caught up in a big lie and I have to spend the whole book just waiting for the truth to come out. This is a sincere book filled with lessons and aspirations, and it should appeal to young dog lovers, but I just don't like stories wherein the protagonist gets caught up in a big lie and I have to spend the whole book just waiting for the truth to come out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

    Pawcasso is such a fun book with a cute dog at its heart! I loved seeing Jo befriend Pawcasso, the dog who carries a basket in their mouth and goes shopping. It is just so wholesome and adorable. Jo is a Chinese girl who mistakenly becomes Pawcasso's owner, as they stumble upon an art class at the library. To her surprise, Pawcasso turns up every weekend! She struggles a lot with getting caught out in her lie and goes to lengths to try and find who Pawcasso's real owners are so she doesn't get fo Pawcasso is such a fun book with a cute dog at its heart! I loved seeing Jo befriend Pawcasso, the dog who carries a basket in their mouth and goes shopping. It is just so wholesome and adorable. Jo is a Chinese girl who mistakenly becomes Pawcasso's owner, as they stumble upon an art class at the library. To her surprise, Pawcasso turns up every weekend! She struggles a lot with getting caught out in her lie and goes to lengths to try and find who Pawcasso's real owners are so she doesn't get found out. At the heart of this book is a beautiful story about making friends, being truthful and also about the joy of dogs. I think dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this wonderfully illustrated graphic novel - it has a lot of heart, humour and the sense of community and belonging. I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Check out Happy Indulgence Books for more reviews!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Corey Campbell

    Remy Lai is a pretty consistent voice in Middle Grade publishing, and I really enjoyed this foray into graphic fiction. Cute, heartwarming, and satisfyingly full circle. This book had a lot of heart and I just couldn't put it down. Remy Lai is a pretty consistent voice in Middle Grade publishing, and I really enjoyed this foray into graphic fiction. Cute, heartwarming, and satisfyingly full circle. This book had a lot of heart and I just couldn't put it down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    To leash or not to leash. Jo is lonely and notices a dog walking around town with a basket and shopping money. She 'adopts' him while out and about and soon people think the dog is hers. When visiting an art class at a local bookstore, the dog becomes Pawcasso. Before long, there is a leash controversy. Should Pawcasso be out and about on his own. Is it safe? Are the folks advocating for the enforcement of leash laws really dog haters? When a petition goes viral Jo fears exposure of her non-owne To leash or not to leash. Jo is lonely and notices a dog walking around town with a basket and shopping money. She 'adopts' him while out and about and soon people think the dog is hers. When visiting an art class at a local bookstore, the dog becomes Pawcasso. Before long, there is a leash controversy. Should Pawcasso be out and about on his own. Is it safe? Are the folks advocating for the enforcement of leash laws really dog haters? When a petition goes viral Jo fears exposure of her non-ownership. When the truth comes out, she will have a mess to clean up. Can the community come together for the protection of their furry citizens? A powerful reminder of the need to listen to the other side in a controversy. Love and hate both come from the heart, Jo reminds us. This book has colorful artwork that is similar to the previous titles from Remy Lai. I prefer the narrative/graphics ratios from the previous two books. At times, the panels were too chaotic for my linear brain. Includes a recipe for ice cream that people can enjoy with their canine friends. Thank you to Macmillan and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cande

    Remy Lai does it again! What a beautiful, heartfelt story. Check out my interview with the main character, Jo, on my blog I was provided a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Remy Lai does it again! What a beautiful, heartfelt story. Check out my interview with the main character, Jo, on my blog I was provided a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    I read this book, and then both promptly talked it up to a number of classes and added it to some lists of suggestions I was creating as well! Pawcasso is a graphic novel that has eye-catching illustrations and a story that not only makes you wonder, but also makes you feel for the characters. Just as the majority of store owners and townspeople perked up every time that adorable, smart dog came around, so does the reader. The book feels like it is inviting you in to its community. Absolutely ap I read this book, and then both promptly talked it up to a number of classes and added it to some lists of suggestions I was creating as well! Pawcasso is a graphic novel that has eye-catching illustrations and a story that not only makes you wonder, but also makes you feel for the characters. Just as the majority of store owners and townspeople perked up every time that adorable, smart dog came around, so does the reader. The book feels like it is inviting you in to its community. Absolutely appealing to readers of many ages!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    I LOVED Remy Lai's first graphic novel. It's a story of a basket-carrying dog who goes shopping in the market by himself every Saturday morning. Jo decides to follow him one day and is mistaken for his owner. Jo is afraid to admit the truth because she's meeting new kids at the art club at the library and enjoying the attention, so she calls the dog Pawcasso and meets him every Saturday. But trouble brews when Pawcasso becomes famous, and the dog catcher threatens to send him to the pound withou I LOVED Remy Lai's first graphic novel. It's a story of a basket-carrying dog who goes shopping in the market by himself every Saturday morning. Jo decides to follow him one day and is mistaken for his owner. Jo is afraid to admit the truth because she's meeting new kids at the art club at the library and enjoying the attention, so she calls the dog Pawcasso and meets him every Saturday. But trouble brews when Pawcasso becomes famous, and the dog catcher threatens to send him to the pound without a leash. Jo's little fib turns into a gigantic disaster, and she's stuck figuring out how to clean up her mess.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    The creator of Pie in the Sky makes her middle-grade graphic novel debut about the unexpected friendship between the loneliest girl in class and the coolest canine shopper in town.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mariely

    Thanks to the publisher for providing me an eARC in exchange of my honest review. Besides the friendship between Jo and Pawcasso, we also get to see the struggles and development of family relationships, and kindness within the community. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and fun! You can read my full review at wereadblog.clom! Thanks to the publisher for providing me an eARC in exchange of my honest review. Besides the friendship between Jo and Pawcasso, we also get to see the struggles and development of family relationships, and kindness within the community. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and fun! You can read my full review at wereadblog.clom!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zac

    Have you ever told a little white lie that has snowballed into a huge lie? What starts off as you not correcting something false becomes a whole string of untruths that you can’t keep up with. This is the situation that Jo finds herself in in Remy Lai’s first graphic novel, Pawcasso. Jo thinks that she’ll spend the summer bored out of her mind, until she spies a dog, with a basket in its mouth, stroll past her house. She follows the dog to the shopping circle in town and discovers that he is doin Have you ever told a little white lie that has snowballed into a huge lie? What starts off as you not correcting something false becomes a whole string of untruths that you can’t keep up with. This is the situation that Jo finds herself in in Remy Lai’s first graphic novel, Pawcasso. Jo thinks that she’ll spend the summer bored out of her mind, until she spies a dog, with a basket in its mouth, stroll past her house. She follows the dog to the shopping circle in town and discovers that he is doing a spot of shopping. The dog visits some of the shops and buys the things on the list in its basket. When Jo follows the dog to the bookshop, called Dog Ears, she gets mistaken for the dog’s owner. She tries to correct them at first, but the thought of making new friends and getting free books tempts Jo, and she goes along with the lie. The kids from the art class at the bookshop call the dog Pawcasso, as he becomes their model, and the name sticks. Each Saturday, Pawcasso comes into town, and Jo waits for him to walk past. As the people of South Redhart fall in love with Pawcasso, Jo’s chihuahua-sized lie becomes Great Dane-sized. It becomes harder and harder to tell everyone the truth. Even when Pawcasso rolls in poo Jo can’t bear to lose him. When Pawcasso’s real owners show up in town one day, Jo’s lies unravel and she must explain the truth, even if it means losing her friends. I love Pawcasso so much! It is the most adorable kid’s graphic novel ever and it will make you grin from ear to ear. Whether you’re a dog-lover or not, you can’t help loving Pawcasso. Sure, he loves to roll in poo, but he makes the lives of everyone he meets just a little bit brighter. Kids and adults alike can relate to Jo and her little lie getting out of control, and everyone will wish they had a Pawcasso in their life. As with her previous books, Remy captures the funny moments but also the anxiety, sadness and frustration of her characters. I have loved each of Remy’s books, especially the comic sections of her stories, Pie in the Sky and Fly on the Wall. I was super excited when she announced she was creating a graphic novel. Pawcasso is every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Remy’s artwork is outstanding! It is so colourful and vibrant, and her characters are full of emotion and personality. I love that Jo wears the same outfit throughout the story, but with different colour combinations. Remy and her colourist, Samantha Bennett, must have had a lot of fun choosing colours for Jo’s clothes. I love Jo’s character and the way that Remy shows her range of emotions throughout the story. I cracked up laughing at the illustration of her, with her face smooshed against her window, when she first sees Pawcasso. My favourite parts of the book were the wordless panels that just featured Pawcasso. These are the bits that perfectly capture Pawcasso’s personality, whether it be his head wrapped in a towel after a bath, rolling in poo at the park, or laying upside down on a beanbag, wagging his tail. Pawcasso is such a loveable goofball that people become smitten with him. I also love how, at the back of the book, Remy has drawn the people she wants to thank as dogs, cats and other creatures. Remy has written the story and created the illustrations, but it is the whole team that has worked on the book that makes this graphic novel stand out. Samantha Bennett’s colouring makes the illustrations jump off the page, and Colleen AF Venable’s design work helps the story to flow and look good on the page. It’s great to see Allen and Unwin publishing more graphic novels from our part of the world too. Please sign Remy up for many, many more graphic novels. Pawcasso is one of those graphic novels that will spread like wildfire between readers. I preordered multiple copies for my school library because I was that confident it would be a winner. I can’t wait for kids to meet Pawcasso. It is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Victoria Jamieson, and Kayla Miller.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Mcavoy

    4 1/2 stars. O.K. So they had me at the long tailed Brittany. (I love those dogs) But what sells this story and adds tons of value is all the layers. Jo, whom is referred to with (she, her) dresses gender neutrally. She’s missing her dad who travels in Indonesia and only visits every couple months. Maybe it’s easier not to care. It’s summer and all her friends are just ‘school friends’. She spends a lot of time looking out the window, which is why she sees the cute, owner-less dog trot by carryi 4 1/2 stars. O.K. So they had me at the long tailed Brittany. (I love those dogs) But what sells this story and adds tons of value is all the layers. Jo, whom is referred to with (she, her) dresses gender neutrally. She’s missing her dad who travels in Indonesia and only visits every couple months. Maybe it’s easier not to care. It’s summer and all her friends are just ‘school friends’. She spends a lot of time looking out the window, which is why she sees the cute, owner-less dog trot by carrying a basket. Who wouldn’t follow! Store after store the dog is greeted warmly - a shopping list is consulted and the list, items and change are placed in the basket. (Except at the ice cream store - there the dog just gets free samples) One thing leads to another and Jo is misidentified as the owner; a misunderstanding she unsuccessfully seeks to correct until it starts to dawn on her how much more interesting, friend and activity-filled, her life is as the dog’s companion. But Lai doesn’t stop at a simple morality tale about the tangled webs we weave. As the town divides over the propriety and charm of a free roaming dog, we seem the same jumping to conclusions and unquestioned assumptions that paired Jo and the dog (now called Pawcasso) in the first place. A petition circles and those who are not in favor of a leashless dog are labeled Duchamp’s (Picasso’s rival) and assumed to be heartless, dog haters. ‘Pawcasso lovers welcome’ signs start going up and we see the sweat and silence as anyone not demonstrating leash-free solidarity is verbally attacked. (Where have we seen that before!) I loved that Lai engenders sympathy for Pawcasso’s freedom and shows how wonderful it feels as the dog brings the community together and then, with a light hand, pivots and shows how that charm and solidarity can flip and result into a nasty, virtue-signaling, exclusionary myopia and unquestioning intolerance. Lai brings all the threads together - individuality, freedom, love, loss, responsibility, consideration, forgiveness, and the importance of understanding the perspective those you disagree with - and pulls it together into a satisfying conclusion. Hats off.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* A young girl named Jo is wandering around town when she notices a dog out shopping by itself. Interested, she follows him and is lead to an art class at the local bookstore. The dog begins to model for the children, and is then dubbed Pawcasso from then on. The children ask Jo if she is the owner and if Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* A young girl named Jo is wandering around town when she notices a dog out shopping by itself. Interested, she follows him and is lead to an art class at the local bookstore. The dog begins to model for the children, and is then dubbed Pawcasso from then on. The children ask Jo if she is the owner and if Pawcasso can come back every week. Feeling lonely, Jo is quick to say yes and then her lie begins to spiral out of control when someone complains about Pawcasso being off leash. The kids of the art class begin a petition to allow Pawcasso to remain off leash. As the petition gains traction, and the community becomes divided on the issue, Jo must continue to try and hide her secret in order to keep her new found friends. This was a really cute, fun middle grade graphic novel. I really loved the illustrations and bright colours of this! I thought this was going to be a super light fluffy story, which it was, but it also covered some deeper topics such as family dynamics, community and loneliness. I really liked the characters in this and how they interacted with one another. Pawcasso was absolutely adorable, and I love how he brought the community together. I think this is a great read for middle graders and older individuals alike!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    Thank you to MacMillan Children’s/Henry Holt for Remy Lai’s third graphic novel! What I loved: the inclusive characters, the uniqueness of the title character and how the community was drawn to him, the changes the characters undergo, and the humor! The variety of ways the author chose to draw eyes was interesting and compelling. The pace was fast and I couldn’t put it down. The community division was a microcosm of the world today: people not listening to others’ perspectives. Finally, the way L Thank you to MacMillan Children’s/Henry Holt for Remy Lai’s third graphic novel! What I loved: the inclusive characters, the uniqueness of the title character and how the community was drawn to him, the changes the characters undergo, and the humor! The variety of ways the author chose to draw eyes was interesting and compelling. The pace was fast and I couldn’t put it down. The community division was a microcosm of the world today: people not listening to others’ perspectives. Finally, the way Lai created Jo’s big problem: they understood - the whole time - that what they were doing was not okay. Helps kids understand that a small lie can snowball into a huge situation! What I noticed: the anxious expressions were a little repetitive. Who will love this book? Middle graders of all ages who love dogs and humor will DEVOUR it! Definitely add it to your library! Remy Lai does it again!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Pickett

    Joanna Lin is at loose ends over summer break, until an affectionate, spirited dog enters the picture. Every Saturday, “Pawcasso” journeys into town to do his unknown owner’s shopping with the help of a basket and a shopping list. Some of the neighborhood kids mistakenly get the idea that the dog belongs to Jo, and suddenly they are both the center of attention, especially during art class at the Dog Ears bookstore. Can she clear up the confusion without losing her newfound friends? 🐶 Read this Joanna Lin is at loose ends over summer break, until an affectionate, spirited dog enters the picture. Every Saturday, “Pawcasso” journeys into town to do his unknown owner’s shopping with the help of a basket and a shopping list. Some of the neighborhood kids mistakenly get the idea that the dog belongs to Jo, and suddenly they are both the center of attention, especially during art class at the Dog Ears bookstore. Can she clear up the confusion without losing her newfound friends? 🐶 Read this sunny, charming, sometimes wistful graphic novel to find out! And stick around for the canine-friendly ice cream recipe at the end!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hwee Goh

    Pawcasso is a beautifully rendered graphic novel about a dog who goes out to run errands every Saturday with a basket and a shopping list. As he goes by Jo’s home, she decides to follow him. When some friends at school mistake “Pawcasso” to be her dog, she continues to lead them on. “What starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows into a Great Dane-sized problem.” Pawcasso becomes the subject of an art-appreciation class at the library and has his own Internet fan club. Also, I hear that art im Pawcasso is a beautifully rendered graphic novel about a dog who goes out to run errands every Saturday with a basket and a shopping list. As he goes by Jo’s home, she decides to follow him. When some friends at school mistake “Pawcasso” to be her dog, she continues to lead them on. “What starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows into a Great Dane-sized problem.” Pawcasso becomes the subject of an art-appreciation class at the library and has his own Internet fan club. Also, I hear that art imitates life when Jo calls Pawcasso a “poop roller” 🤭😆 Underlying this great, lively art and story, Remy Lai touches on Jo’s loneliness and desperate attempt not to miss her absent father so much, as well as the notion of love and hate within a middle grade tale. How easy is it to be divisive, but also how pure is a child’s view seen through Jo’s eyes in the end. “If love comes from the heart, does hate come from the brain?” I love graphic novels because they have a very unique way of conveying subtle reactions and emotions. I highly recommend this genre for all our young readers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Who is that mysterious spaniel that trots down the streets every Saturday with grocery lists and book requests in his basket? When Jo tries to follow him, she's assumed to be his human, and dubs him "Pawcasso" when approached at an art class. As Pawcasso's popularity with the community grows, the harder it is for Jo to keep up with the charade that he's her dog. It's harder now with a grumpy neighbor calling animal control on Pawcasso for not wearing a leash. How can Jo keep him safe if she can' Who is that mysterious spaniel that trots down the streets every Saturday with grocery lists and book requests in his basket? When Jo tries to follow him, she's assumed to be his human, and dubs him "Pawcasso" when approached at an art class. As Pawcasso's popularity with the community grows, the harder it is for Jo to keep up with the charade that he's her dog. It's harder now with a grumpy neighbor calling animal control on Pawcasso for not wearing a leash. How can Jo keep him safe if she can't find his family? Pawcasso is sweet, silly, and all too relatable to anyone who lives with (or even just knows!) a friendly, outgoing hound.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lani

    This is a gorgeous middle grade graphic novel with a whole lot of heart. There are themes about family, friendship, community, death, love vs hate, and being a responsible pet owner. Plus there’s so many cute dogs!!! I love how there are so many small details that bring out Pawcasso’s character - such a cool (and sometimes stinky) dog! This was a heart warming read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Asher W

    I love the book because I love to read comic books. I think this book is really funny and I enjoyed it. I love the dog in the book named Pawcasso. I think that it is a great name because it has "paw" in it. I love the book because I love to read comic books. I think this book is really funny and I enjoyed it. I love the dog in the book named Pawcasso. I think that it is a great name because it has "paw" in it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trigger Warning Database

    Trigger & Content Warnings Death of a pet recounted

  23. 4 out of 5

    aqilahreads

    AWWWW THIS IS SO CUTE!!! legit cant take my eyes off it bc of how cute it is. the art is absolutely stunning, i am very much impressed of this middle grade graphic novel debut. it focuses on friendship & belonging as the main character, jo, looks for a friend and a big, energetic dog drags her into mischief. however, i find the story flow was abit off at certain points but its not something major. i particularly like the ice cream recipe at the end followed by the drawings acknowledging the than AWWWW THIS IS SO CUTE!!! legit cant take my eyes off it bc of how cute it is. the art is absolutely stunning, i am very much impressed of this middle grade graphic novel debut. it focuses on friendship & belonging as the main character, jo, looks for a friend and a big, energetic dog drags her into mischief. however, i find the story flow was abit off at certain points but its not something major. i particularly like the ice cream recipe at the end followed by the drawings acknowledging the thanks to friends. SO CUTE UGH overall, besides its cute bright colourful illustrations, i really love how its easy to read and i can really understand how younger readers would definitely be able to enjoy and appreciate the book as it is.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shaunna

    3.5 stars. I really wanted to like this one more because I love Remy Lai’s chapter books…

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A very pawsome story!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sukhmani's Reading Corner

    What a cute book! Remy Lai wrote such an authentic book about a dog, that the only explanation is that he has/had a dog. Pawcasso reminds me of little yorkie, Nico.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This looks like a lighthearted book, with all the bright colors and all. That is what draws you in. But there is sadness, because Jo's father can only visit every few months, and then, after a week, he leaves again. It is a bit like having him die over and over, and Jo has just given up caring. And then she meets a dog, who goes out with a shopping basket, and goes from store to store picking up things for its owner. And everyone loves the dog, and the owner isnt' around, so what is wrong with pret This looks like a lighthearted book, with all the bright colors and all. That is what draws you in. But there is sadness, because Jo's father can only visit every few months, and then, after a week, he leaves again. It is a bit like having him die over and over, and Jo has just given up caring. And then she meets a dog, who goes out with a shopping basket, and goes from store to store picking up things for its owner. And everyone loves the dog, and the owner isnt' around, so what is wrong with pretending to be the owner. And suddenly, everyone loves Jo too. But lies can backfire. Great book. Loved the whole story. Well presented. Fun seeing how Jo finds out Pawcasso's ower, and how she deals with it all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Thank you Henry Holt BYR (Macmillan), Remy Lai, and NetGalley for sharing this book with the LitReviewCrew in exchange for an honest review. Oh my goodness! This was adorable, but also deep and meaningful. What a great book on family, connections, and fixing your mistakes. It’s also hilarious. Remy is amazing! (And so is poop roller.😜) 3 things about Pawcasso: 1-Talented dog 2-Emotional 3-Art

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sammie

    You can find my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here. Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for a copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. My 10-year-old daughter, Minion, reviewed this one for my blog, so I'll include her review here. Pawcasso is about a dog that wanders around town with no leash on and some people are mad about that. Also, Pawcasso goes to an art club every week and the kids always paint a picture of him. Jo tries to make friends with the ki You can find my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here. Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for a copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. My 10-year-old daughter, Minion, reviewed this one for my blog, so I'll include her review here. Pawcasso is about a dog that wanders around town with no leash on and some people are mad about that. Also, Pawcasso goes to an art club every week and the kids always paint a picture of him. Jo tries to make friends with the kids at the art club, but she lies about owning Pawcasso, which you should never do. Minion's Thoughts I gave this book five unicorn horns because I really like dogs and books about dogs, and I liked the dog Pawcasso. I think it was cool how Pawcasso would go around town getting things for his owner. There was an art club in the book, which I really liked because I love art. I learned some things, too. Five things Minion liked: - Pawcasso could get things for his owner by himself by going into town with a picnic basket, a list, and some money. - Pawcasso went to an art club, where the children made art of him. There’s painting, too, and I love to paint! - Most people in the town knew Pawcasso, but some didn’t, and it caused a problem. - Pawcasso is really cute and funny, just like my dogs! - You shouldn’t lie that a dog is yours just to get attention (but I would still want the dog!). My Thoughts How to even say how much I enjoyed this book? First of all, Minion is a reluctant reader, so trying to find something that catches her attention is a challenge at the best of times. It’s hard to go wrong with dog books, though. Minion and I read this together, and she read the entire thing to me (normally we need to alternate pages) and talked about the pictures and some of the things going on. Pawcasso is a book about a dog, of course, but it’s really so much more than that, and I appreciated the complexities of the book. I’m not sure Minion really cared as much, but at least I know she still got things out of it, since we had a nice discussion about it! The main character, Jo, is extremely relatable. What she really wants, more than anything, is a dog . . . and maybe a few friends? She struggles with making friends, with siblings that she doesn’t always get along with, and with the fact that her father is often away on business. At the heart of the story, of course, is a dog named Pawcasso, who’s really quite a character in and of himself. Pawcasso attracts attention because he travels into town with a basket with money and a shopping list. No one knows where he comes from, but he’s a regular, once a week. Some people love Pawcasso. Others are concerned about a dog wandering around off a leash with no owner. This really divides the town and sparks a discussion about leash laws and dog ownership and how to handle (or, sometimes, how to not handle) disagreements with your neighbors. Pawcasso is definitely funny, with all sorts of quirky characters. Jo herself can be funny, and Pawcasso certainly, especially his penchant for rolling in poop. All the characters are memorable, though, and there’s more to them than they seem. Even Jo’s sister, Tina, who comes through in some touching sibling bond moments. Even the cranky old man that lives across the street from the dog groomer and seems to hate dogs with a passion. Lai does a marvelous job of weaving deeper backstories into each character. Pawcasso can be serious, too, though, and I was surprised by how hard it hit me in the feels. I was expecting a feel-good story about a dog, but this book is so much more than that! Yes, that’s also part of it, but it sends a wonderful message at the same time while hitting all the right feels. It’s a book that kids will enjoy and that parents won’t mind reading together. It’s got a little bit of something for everyone. This is also a book I’d definitely recommend for teachers and librarians. It’d be a great addition to any library or classroom. In my library’s case, at least, graphic novels are really gaining in popularity, so that’s always a win. Not only does it have colorful, easy-to-follow artwork, but it sends a message that’s really important for kids about how to disagree the right way and that there are two sides to every argument. Sometimes you have to stop and take a moment to consider someone else’s perspective.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Jo lives in a walkable town with her big sister, two young brothers and mother while her father is out of the country working. Bored during the summer, she sees a dog trotting past her house with a market basket and decides to follow. She watches as the dog goes into shops, clerks look at the list, fill it, and take money from the basket. The enterprising canine even stops by the ice cream store for free scoops! In the bookstore with the dog, Jo comes across a chi E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Jo lives in a walkable town with her big sister, two young brothers and mother while her father is out of the country working. Bored during the summer, she sees a dog trotting past her house with a market basket and decides to follow. She watches as the dog goes into shops, clerks look at the list, fill it, and take money from the basket. The enterprising canine even stops by the ice cream store for free scoops! In the bookstore with the dog, Jo comes across a children's art class, and the participants think the dog belongs to Jo. She decides his name is Pawcasso, and offers to bring him to class every Saturday so they can draw him. Pawcasso becomes something of a local celebrity until a local cranky old man brings up leash laws. The community is divided, and Pawcasso is almost taken to the pound. Jo investigates and finds the dog's owner, and learns a little about his history. Eventually, the ruse is found out, but the community comes together to work for the good of dogs, and Jo comes to terms with her father being away from home. Strengths: Jo's world is an idyllic one few of us get to experience-- shops within walking distance that include a grocery, ice cream store, and book store; children allowed to roam freely and run their father's dog grooming business in an emergency; public transportation; and lots of children hanging about having adventures. Seeing the community tussle over leashes vs. no leashes was compelling, and it was easy to believe that people thought Pawcasso belonged to Jo. The family problems add an additional layer of interest. Brightly colored illustrations in an appealing style will appeal to fans of Telgemeier, Jamieson, and Scrivan. Weaknesses: I love overalls as much as the next person, but I haven't seen a middle schooler wear them for a long time, at least not such utilitarian looking ones. I was also greatly distracted by the characters' rounded teeth. Usually, it's noses! What I really think: This is the sort of book I expected Pie in the Sky to be, and I think it will be much more popular with students. It's an interesting graphic novel with some information about dog well being that is perfect for elementary students but will work in middle grade as well. A great companion to the new Allergic for dog lovers.

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