Pawcasso by Remy Lai
From the imagination of Lai comes Pawcasso, a graphic novel about a dog, art, and honesty.
Hoping to escape the confines of a large family, Joanna Lin steps outdoors and discovers a most unusual sight. A basket-bearing dog is heading into town. Intrigued, Jo follows.
She learns that this pup is on a mission. The basket contains a list of items that the dog is expected to procure from local businesses.
Things get complicated when the dog enters Dog Ears, the local book shop. Jo discovers an kid's art class is in session. Young students are thrilled with the appearance of a friendly pup. This is a much more exciting model that an inert pear. They assume that Jo is the dog's owner and ask permission to sketch, paint, and sculpt the canine.
When the shop offers free books in exchange for using the dog as a model, Jo pretends to be the owner and agrees to the terms. In honor of their interest in art, the kids name their remarkable model Pawcasso.
Lai packs her graphic novel with plenty of goodies.