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Middle grade graphic novel. Pawcasso is a basket-toting dog who does his family's grocery shopping on his own. When 11-year-old Jo is mistaken as his owner by a group of kids, she goes along with the lie in the hopes of making new friends. Soon the town becomes divided over whether Pawcasso should be allowed to roam free, and Jo worries that her lies will be exposed—and en ...more
Published May 25th 2021 by Henry Holt BYR (Macmillan)
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    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 ...more
    May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Remy Lai
    Oct 27, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    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!
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    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. ...more
    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
    Corey Campbell
    Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
    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. ...more
    May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    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.
    Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    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!
    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
    Jay G
    May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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    *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
    Lorie Barber
    May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: mg-fiction
    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
    Amy Pickett
    Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-in-2021
    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 ...more
    Hwee Goh
    Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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' ...more
    Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.

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    Death of a pet recounted
    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
    May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    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
    May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    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

    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
    Ms. Yingling
    Mar 10, 2021 rated it liked it
    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
    Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Remy Lai does it again! Once more, the author of Pie in the Sky and Fly on the Wall, delivers a story full of both humor and heart. Unlike the first two stories, Pawcasso is a full graphic novel, and one that will be as loved by young readers as much as the titular dog is loved by Jo and her new friends.
    Jo, the ultimate middle child between twin toddlers and a teenage sister, sees an endless summer of boredom ahead of her until she follows a dog carrying a basket. At first concerned that he is
    I loved Remy Lai's first two books, Pie in the Sky and Fly on the Wall, so I jumped on this one. At first, I didn't realize anything was different and it had to be pointed out to me that the first two books we're true graphic novels but did in fact have writing throughout (in my defense, those pages are handwritten, so it's like the words are "drawn," which is what basically fooled me.) But this one is a full-scale graphic novel! Like the others, it's centered around a kid who's having some trou ...more
    oh gosh, loved this so much! I laughed so many times and got teary just as so many times. Let's just say that my tears are practically on tap so it's not that the story is hearbreaking but while there are some sad parts, there were plenty of heartwarming scenes and I just... can't help myself.

    Pawcasso is a beautiful dog story and a wonderful children story. There are so many amazing stories about dogs and their influences in their hoomans' lives and Pawcasso is no exception. Remy Lai does not sh
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    I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley.
    Lai's artistic illustrations and gentle writing styles shine in her latest book. Readers meet Jo as she begins a lonely summer break. Then, she starts watching and following a dog who does its own shopping complete with list, money and basket to hold the purchases. From there, she gets lost in a series of lies when she pretends the dog is hers. At first, she's happy to have friends and belong b
    May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Rating: 4.5

    Pawcasso is a fun and sweet graphic novel perfect for all ages and dog lovers! We follow our main character, Jo, who discovers a dog roaming the mall, basket in mouth, doing its own shopping! After following the adorable dog and naming him “Pawcasso” Jo gets mistaken as Pawcasso’s owner. Without Jo knowing who are the real owners of the dog are, she continues with the lie. What’s starts off as a Chihuahua-sized fib soon snowballs into a Great Dane-sized problem.
    The artwork and charact
    Katie Reilley
    Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to the author and MacMillan Children’s/Henry Holt for sharing a copy of Pawcasso with #bookexpedition.

    Jo is lonely. Though she’s got an older sister and younger twin brothers, she’s missing her dad whose job keeps him away from home for long periods of time. Jo spends the first few days of summer break staring out the window, and one day she spies a dog walking past her house, ownerless, carrying a basket in its mouth. Jo follows the dog to the town’s shopping center and, when she’s m
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