Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Jam’s mother is a painter. She paints the most beautiful paintings that almost seem real, until one day a painting DOES come alive and the creature crawls out of the canvas and into her mom’s art studio. The creature, whom Jam names Pet, tells her it has come to hunt a monster. And according to Pet, the monster is lurking in her best friend Redemption’s house.
All of the adults keep telling her that there are no more monsters anymore. Should she believe this creature that crawled out of the painting? Or is this creature a monster too?