Pepper & Boo: Paws Up for Joy! (A Graphic Novel)


By Charise Mericle Harper

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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.


  • 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
  • "Harper's digital art is muted in palette but bold in comedic hijinks that are sure to delight fans of Mo Willems and Bob Shea. Boo and the cat's eventual sweet truce makes this a great fit for lessons in sharing and resolving sibling rivalries."
  • Praise for Pepper and Boo: Puddle Trouble 

    "Harper's artwork, composed of simplified backgrounds and cartoon-cute characters with comically big expressions, is well-suited to the early reader format.... an easy pick for emerging readers."
  • "With a keen sense of pet psychology, Harper presents the two dogs interacting mostly with each other via speech balloons and Cat addressing readers directly with an extremely opinionated and funny monologue. A realistic slapstick tribute to the differences between cats and dogs."
  • "Readers will be giggling as they follow the trio in their pursuit of a way to have fun, rain or shine."

On Sale
Feb 21, 2023
Page Count
64 pages
Little, Brown Ink

Charise Mericle Harper

About the Author

Charise Mericle Harper ( has created many books for children, including The Good for Nothing Button!, Cupcake, Go! Go! Stop!, Princess Patty Meets Her Match, and the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series. Charise lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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