The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso (received advanced readers copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Salem Hyde is a witch. And being a witch she possesses many great, magical qualities. She’s good at flying. Whether by broom or by vacuum she can fly! It’s just the landings that kind of, sort of trip her up. She’s good at casting spells. But sometimes, when casting, things go just a bit haywire.
Even though Sale is a master spell caster, she certainly isn’t a master speller. Even though her intentions are honest and good, it seems that when she tries to spell a word a spell gets cast instead. That’s why she turned the old crossing guard into a dinosaur.
Because of this Salem get’s in trouble, and she gets in trouble often. Dismayed and not certain as to what to do, her parents turn to Aunt Martha, the woman whom Salem has inherited her witchy powers from. Aunt Martha advises that Salem is in desperate need of an animal companion – an animal who won’t only be a friend, but also to keep a close eye of her when her parent’s can’t.
Desperate they try out Aunt Martha’s suggestion Salem’s parents hire a scaredy-cat named Percival J. Whamsford III, also known as Whammy. Salem doesn’t like the idea of Whammy hanging around, and to be honest, neither is whammy. But the more time the two spend together, the more Salem realizes that Whammy can really help her with all of her spelling troubles.
But Whammy may not feel the same way….
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble is book one in a graphic novel series, written and illustrated by Frank Cammuso.
First and foremost, Salem Hyde is a great character! This pint-sized witch if full of good-natured spunk. Always full of the best intentions, young readers will easily identify with her, will easily see a bit of themselves with Salem, and most of all will wish that Salem was a real life girl so they could befriend her. What makes Salem such a great character isn’t just that author Cammuso paints a vivid portrait in reader’s mind, but he creates a vivid illustrated portrait right there on the page.
Cammuso’s writing is rock solid. But what really makes this book are his illustrations! They pop off the page, even in the black and white advanced readers copy I read. Cammuso doesn’t over illustrate, nor does he over writes – aspects that readers of all ages will thoroughly appreciate. Instead, it seems that author/illustrator Cammuso let’s reader’s imaginations fill in any gaps. This let’s readers, not just read, but to feel like they are at the heart of the action!
Just under one hundred pages, The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble will surely bewitch all readers, and leave them wanting more. Thankfully this is book one is new series that is certain to be a sure-fire hit!