Salem Hyde just isn’t like other kids. For one thing, she’s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, she’s a witch. Salem acts first and thinks laterwhich means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses!
Good thing she’s been assigned an animal companion, Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This over-anxious cat doesn’t like Salem calling him “Whammy,” and Salem doesn’t like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldn’t do something . . . like enter the class spelling bee.
Salem knows she can beat all her classmates at spells, no problem. Too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling words, not magic. And there’s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc!
Praise for The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One
"A fledgling witch receives necessary guidance from a talking cat in this utterly adorable page-turner… A delightful buddy story and an auspicious series opener; be sure to make room on shelves for Salem and Whammy."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"It’s just about the perfect story for comics-loving fathers to read with their comics-loving daughters."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Cammuso evokes both the sarcastic spunk and gentle warmth of Calvin and Hobbes in this humorous tale of unlikely pals."
The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books
"Young readers will eat up Cammuso’s (Otto’s Orange Day, 2008) action-packed panels, full of cartoonish antics, silly puns, and playful slapstick humor."
"The humor, appealing artwork, and underlying message of friendship will attract readers."
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About the Author
Frank Cammuso is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist, the creator of the popular middle school graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, and the illustrator of several beginning reader graphic books, including Otto’s Orange Day. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One: Spelling Trouble based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
We laughed hard!! I loved the book and so did my 8 year old. She read it twice.
Its a bluebonnet book!
We raise our children to be confident, independent and strong, right? What if your child is a witch and just a little too independent, a little wild, and hasn’t quite got her “spelling” down pat? You would do like any other good parent, you would employ a familiar to help teach your child the ropes of being a witch. What happens when our young witch refuses to listen to her familiar? Well, there is “spelling” and there is “spelling,” and there is Salem and Lord Percival J. Whamsford III as they enter into a battle of wills! Who will win? What fiascoes will arise? The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso is a cute, clever and fast-paced tale that will engage children with Salem’s antics and Whammy’s perseverance. I was definitely charmed by this quick read, so I gave it to my 8 year old granddaughter and she told me she liked it, it was funny and Mya thought Salem needed to learn to listen better! (From out of the mouths of babes…) I think this is a real attention-getter for younger kids and a great way to interest them in the power of reading. This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Abrams in exchange for my honest review.