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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Treat people the way you want to be treated; when you really need help, the people you've helped will help you. Learn how to be a good digital citizen and discern what's real and what's not on social media.
Positive Role Models
Princess Beautiful shows courage when she's defending herself from criminal accusations, but as a social media influencer, she's an entitled, mean, and demanding character. In an effort to clear her name she also destroys a prison bus, a prison, and steals a vehicle and has a high speed chase, so not great role modeling, but it's all over-the-top and not realistic circumstances, either.
Violence & Scariness
Chasing, some chaos and explosions. The cat is afraid for her life and the loss of her fame.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that author and illustrator Aaron Blabey's Cat on the Run in Cat of Death! is a fast-paced graphic novel filled with chase scenes, mishaps, and a superstar cat who has been spoiled by social media celebrity success. The writing is conversational but sparse, with the illustrations doing an equal amount of storytelling. This style reflects the frantic chaos of Princess Beautiful courageously trying to escape and prove she had no part in the crime everyone thinks they saw her commit. A light and funny story, the characters facial expressions add a layer of fun and silliness as the cat proves to be tougher than anyone expected. There are some good moments to talk about how fast rumors and information spread on social media.
Is It Any Good?
With lots of action and fantastically expressive illustrations, this graphic novel is a lot of fun for emerging readers and fans of silly stories. Cat on the Run in Cat of Death! is not a complex tale; it's mostly dialogue and action scenes, but the structure and art make it a good choice for reading aloud. Fans of the Bad Guys series will love that this book is set in the same world, parents will appreciate mouse deputy Marshall Cheeseman's The Fugitive-inspired speech. The social media element offers perspective on what we think we see and what we think is true, though readers who are not active on social media may miss some references. The cliffhanger ending will have readers clamoring for the next installment.
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