Scarlett is a divalicious feline movie star, living with other animal actors at Pafco Labs. They live in cages, get energy shots, and have their lives pretty much controlled by Sloan Pafco, the scientist/head of the studio. Doesn’t sound like the luxury life, does it? Scarlett couldn’t agree more, and she’s fed up. Spotting an empty window in the rec room, she hightails it to freedom – which, in this case, is a pile of freezing snow; luckily, an odd but good-hearted guy named Frank takes her in and doesn’t really think much of it when Trotter, her canine best friend, ends up joining Scarlett soon after. While living with Frank, the two learn all about being human: ordering food, playing the lottery, and watching TV. Frank is convinced he’s hearing voices, so their cover is safe. When Frank falls ill, Scarlett poses as his housekeeper and calls the ambulance; while Frank’s away, Scarlett and Trotter set about making some improvements to the house and their lives. But can their secret stay safe forever?
This is a cute animal buddy story, perfect for all-ages readers. Buller and Schade use a smart and reader-friendly combination of graphic novel and chapter book, narrated by Scarlett, to tell the story, allowing developing and struggling readers the chance to enjoy a graphic novel and give them the victory of finishing a chapter book. Scarlett on the Run is largely a light, upbeat book, but touches on issues like animal testing and experimentation; even hoarding, and provides parents and educators the chance to start deeper conversations with kids interested in learning more.
Author and illustrator husband and wife duo Jon Buller and Susan Schade have a webpage where you can see more of their work, learn about the rest of their books (including one of my son’s favorite graphic novels series, The Fog Mound), and find a cute lesson on cartooning.
SCARLETT: STAR ON THE RUN!
Writer: Susan Schade
Artist: Jon Buller
On-Sale Date: November 2015