Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read and review Pawcasso by Remy Lai; all opinions, as always, are my own. Pawcasso is an MG graphic novel about a girl named Jo who is having a boring start to her summer. When she sees a dog walk past her house carrying a basket, she follows him and it leads to new friends and experiences for Jo. Pretending the dog is hers, and named Pawcasso, Jo visits a weekly art class where the other kids use Pawcasso as their muse since they are studying the works of artist Picasso. The downtown area starts to really love Jo and Pawcasso, but Jo’s worried her secret of not being the real owner will come out any day.
I loved Pawcasso, the book and the dog in the book. It was fun seeing Jo open up more and get to know kids her age. I felt bad for her because her dad worked away from the family most of the time and she tries to tell herself she doesn’t care when he visits, so she won’t be really sad when he leaves. This was touched on throughout the book, and I thought it was handled well. I could definitely see Jo’s pain and how she tried to hide it. The dog Pawcasso was a wonderful outlet for her – getting her out of the house, making friends, having little adventures as she follows the dog around town.
The artwork was done well; it was bright and fun and would easily appeal to the target age for this book. I definitely need to read more books by Remy Lai, and I would highly recommend Pawcasso. It would make a fun summer read!
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