Paws Up for Joy! (Pepper & Boo #3)

by Charise Mericle Harper (Author)

Paws Up for Joy! (Pepper & Boo #3)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Pepper & Boo

Charise Mericle Harper (Crafty Cat, Just Grace, Fashion Kitty) delivers another hilarious and charming early graphic novel series starring Pepper and Boo, two darling dogs, and their suspicious housemate, the Cat.

Pepper and Boo are two dogs who love to celebrate. What could be more special than a day in the house without the Cat! The dogs can play with their toys and dance for treats and the cat will not come running. Hooray, the cat is outside. The Cat knows about special things too. Special things can be big, but sometimes special things can also be small. Like a sunny day after lots of rain, a yummy smell, a little bug, or even a sweet sound. When you look, there are joys to be found. At the end of the day there is one last surprise - the feeling of family.

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Kirkus Reviews

Just like a sunny day, this book will leave its readers with warm feelings.

School Library Journal

PreS-2--After several days of rain, Pepper, Boo, and the Cat--12 paws total--are all excited to celebrate. The Cat shares their manifesto on the specialness of toys, smells, and more. Back inside, Pepper and Boo talk about their own special things, including being inside without the Cat--"HIGH PAW!" Indoor joy abounds until the two pups decide to join the Cat outside for "bigger joy" and, eventually, return indoors for a warm, cuddly ending. This third series entry deftly carries the humorous, cat-versus-dogs spirit of the first two books with abundant joy and colorful cartoon illustrations. Color-coded speech bubbles help aid in decoding, though the vocabulary and varied panel breaks may require a bit more reading fluency and format familiarity for emerging readers. VERDICT Joy-filled and reader-motivating, this easy breezy installment will fit nicely alongside "Narwhal and Jelly" books and the like. Read in any order.

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Review quotes

Praise for Pepper and Boo: A Cat Surprise!

"Harper's storytelling is light and cheery [...] and the unfussy illustrations (a mix of panels, pages, and spots) give the animals tons of personality [...] [A] purrfect naptime companion."—Horn Book
Charise Mericle Harper

Charise Mericle Harper is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children's books and series, including the Just Grace series, the Fashion Kitty series, and the Next Best Junior Chef series. Harper's signature wit, kid-friendly illustrations, and wholly original style have made her a familiar name with caregivers, educators, and librarians looking for books that encourage imagination and showcase art education. Charise lives with her family and furry pets in Portland, Oregon.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Ink
Publication date
February 21, 2023
Pepper & Boo
BISAC categories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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