Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis (2013)
Tragicomedy with bad art and a polar bear. The story of a boy detective not in any way in the same league as Nate the Great and Encyclopedia Brown. Imaginative and silly, similar to Calvin & Hobbes (or is the bear real?), but with a poignant touch of real life sadness.
I liked it, chuckled out loud many times, and definitely want to keep reading about his misadventures.