Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Pawcasso by Remy Lai. Henry Holt and Company, 2021. 9781250774491

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 4

Format: Paperback graphic novel

Genre: Animal stories, humor

What did you like about the book? Jo goes from friendless to popular thanks to Pawcasso, a smart, cute dog. Pawcasso is an independent dog, shopping with a basket and a list from downtown stores. One day, Jo is looking out her window and sees the dog and follows. When she runs into her friends, they think Pawcasso belongs to Jo and she lets them. Soon Pawcasso is modeling for an art class, and facilitating Jo’s friendships with kids in her grade. Jo is worried about her lie, but feels she must maintain it to keep her friends. But when animal control gets involved, Jo and her friends have to advocate for Pawcasso to remain off leash and the lie becomes more complicated than ever. I’ve never seen a comic dog look so friendly and personable! Pawcasso is charming and hilarious and steals every scene he is in. Exaggerated features on Jo and especially her toddler siblings (their eyes! so funny!) add to the appeal. Highly recommended for all collections. 

Anything you did not like about the book? Nope! It’s super fun!

To whom would you recommend this book? Students who like graphic novels about friendship like Real Friends, Nat Enough, Click, etc

Who should buy this book? All elementary and middle school libraries and all public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you love cute graphic novels, then yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: December 3, 2021

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