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Cover Impressions: This cover does not even scratch the surface of the awesomeness that is inside. See those fantastically creepy drawings? Those are EVERYWHERE and they get even better.
The Gist: Scarlett was dead, to begin with. Heh, always wanted to start a review like that. Anyway, in attempting to avoid a painfully awkward class trip, Scarlett Dedd accidentally kills herself - and her entire family. In finding herself Bodily Chall...more
"Scarlett Dedd" is a wonderful book combining story with illustration. It's also full of wit, great teenage characters and a fun, ghoulish plot.
Scarlett is pretty much ignored at school, but she does have a few friends who share her love of gory horror movies - sometimes they even try and make their own. But a school trip is imminent and she just cant face the dumb comments that she knows she will get from the other kids at school, so she thinks up a...more
Before the death of the Dedd family, Scarlett had to constantly deal with the ‘dead’ jokes anyway. Not only was the last name a source of teasing, but Scarlett was also the eldest child of the oddest family on the street. They were poor, the house already looked like...more
When Scarlett accidentally kills herself and the rest of her family in a horrible attempt to get out of going to the school trip, she has found that being dead is really quite lonely without her friends (Psycho, Ripley, JP and Taz- amazing and crazy names, I know!!)..but it does have some perks! Scarlett's new mission is to try and get her friends to join her, but w...more
Her family dies along with her, when she tries to make herself ill so she doesn't have to go on a school trip. She didn't just make herself ill, she killed herself...more
The story revolves around zombie-looking Scarlett Dedd (yes, she already heard the dead Dedd joke, no need to say it again). She is a teenager (aka self-centered, lacking confiden...more
Scarlett Dedd is Cathy Brett’s second YA/pre-tween novel. It’s full of illustrations by Cathy Brett, and there are plenty of...more
So basically Scarlett Dedd comes from an eccentric family. Her parents are artists and hippies and are kinda poor, so she's stuck wearing thrift store clothe...more
In Scarlett Dedd, Cathy Brett combines prose and illustrations to tell a humorous yet heart-filled tale of life and everything after.
The story at the heart of Scarlett Dedd is a simple one – a young girl dies and must become accustomed to her new existence – but it’s the characters that really (if you’ll pardon the pun) bring the whole thing to life. From gloomy-quirky Scarlett to her horribly embarrassing family on one side of the great divide between life...more
Review: This is a very interesting read. I like the concept and it is very well written. Yo...more
Despite this being a teen book, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this read with my youngest daughter as we followed Scarlett's blog, the story that ensues, and the fantastic illustrations that accompany this book. I don't care who you are, you are never to old for pictures in a book.
What a fun, cute story! It's not often that you come across a book for YA with such delightful illustrations! Cathy Brett is not only an awesome author but a fine illustrator.
The story follows Scarlett as she talks about how she managed to find a few friends even though her family is dirt poor and they all wear second hand clothing and buy the outdated food at the grocery store. Her friends share her love of gory movies...more
The way the Cathy describes Scarlett and her family takes me back to my high school days...more
Cathy Brett's Scarlett Dedd is the first graphic novel I've read in years. I do not have a lot to compare Scarlett Dedd to, but even for a non art enthusiast, I was blown away by the illustrations in this book - so brilliantly done! It's very detailed, very vivid and so real to life. I can look at them over and over again and never tire.
Scarlett Dedd is not only one of the best illustrated novels I've ever come across, it's also one of the funniest. Scarlett,...more
From the start Scarlett Dedd is fast paced and upbeat, even about death. Cathy Brett uses dry humour all the way through, which I think represents teens really well....and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Scarlett and her family are the oddities of their community, whilst Scarlett doesn't accept...more
It was sort of a problem. It took me a while to really get into it. And the layout of the prose was really annoying. I LOVED the illustrations, but there was one point where the words went around in a tiny circle on the page and I had to keep turning the book to read it. If I lost...more
I received a digital ARC copy of this from Netgalley.com. The synopsis interested me and the cover creeped me out. I thought I should give it a shot. I thought this book was extremely entertaining. I have not laughed so much in a book in a very long time.
The story is about a girl, Scarlet who accidently kills herself and her family. This alone is funny; the family’s last name is Dedd, ironic. The author does a great job on creating an atmosphere...more
I have written a little synopsis for you:
Scarlett is your typical teenager in so many ways, yet she is also quite different, unique. Like any typical teenager she is unhappy with her family life, though she is sure she has more reasons...more
I'll start by saying how much I loved the drawings...more
When Scarlett accidentally kills herself and her whole family in a botched attempt to make herself ill in order to avoid a week long school trip, she finds being dead is a bit lonely! Missing her friends so badly she starts to think it would be a great idea if she could arrange it so they can join her...
I liked how the story was written in third person. This worked well as it meant we get to hear from all the characters - I really liked the banter between her friends as well as Scarlett...more
It begins well enough. Scarlett is a pretty typical teenager- self conscious, shy and completely embarrassed by her very strange parents. She's a misfit at school and apart from her handful of Emo friends, doesn't fit in at all. Desperate to avoid a school trip she decides to make herself ill to av...more
It really became evident just how talented a woman Cathy Brett is. As well as fun and lively illustrations, her writing is animated and so easy to fall into. Her style and execution is fresh and much appreciated in a genre that’s becoming more and more samey and clichéd. Both the illustrations and writing complimented each other beautifully and made Scar...more
The style of the book was quirky, with some nice illustrations. I could also really understand the characters- they were very believable. And it is...more
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